Smith leading her Dragons

Name: Ashley Smith

School: Central

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Smith collected 23 points and nine rebounds in a win over Bellefonte and had 24 points and 20 rebounds in a victory over Philipsburg-Osceola.

Season update: Smith is averaging 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the 6-5 Lady Dragons.

Coach Mike Horton’s quote: “Ashley has done everything we have asked her to do and more. She missed most of last season with an injury and has come back strong. She is hard to guard when she is being aggressive and she is our leader. Our young players are lucky to have the opportunity to watch and learn from her during every practice and game, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to coach her once again.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Cafferty and Mrs. Leidy

Favorite subject: Anatomy

Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”

Favorite food: Mashed potatoes

Favorite song: “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry

Outside interests: Softball, volleyball

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Kevin Durant

Best athlete I ever played with: Lindsay Smith

Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg’s Morgan Griffith

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents

Proudest athletic achievement: 2013 Class AA third base all-state selection in softball

How I got my start in basketball: Biddy basketball at the YMCA in kindergarten

Future goal: To attend college and major in athletic training