Smith is big-time for Valley

Name: Halee Smith

School: Juniata Valley

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Smith scored 23 points in a 63-22 win over Williamsburg. She also scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket at the buzzer, in a 57-56 win over Bellwood-Antis.

Season update: Smith averages 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the 9-2 Lady Hornets.

Coach Rachelle Hopsicker’s quote: “Halee is one of those “big-time players” that coaches dream of. She thrives when the pressure is on in the game. She is a great teammate and works very hard in the offseason and throughout the season. She is a perfect example of how hard work really does pay off. I am so proud to be her coach, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this amazing young woman.”

Favorite teacher: Chez (Mrs. Beach)

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Harry Potter” series

Favorite food: Subway

Favorite artist: Thomas Rhett

Outside interests: Doing anything with my family and friends

Favorite professional team: Golden State Warriors

Favorite college team: Notre Dame

Pro athlete most admired: Michael Jordan

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis’ Alli Campbell

Most influential people on my athletic career: My parents

Proudest athletic achievements: All-state selection, PIAA Class 1A state finalist, AAU national champs with CPA Dynamite

How I got my start in basketball: “I played at the Huntingdon Community Center with my dad when I was in third grade.”

Future goals: Play Division I basketball

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