By: Sarah Marble/Senior Feature Editor
Ashley Torres has been playing basketball for the past ten years and is currently in her last year of high school basketball as a senior. Torres has played varsity for the past four years and has started for the past three.
This season, she was named one of the team captains and is playing the position of Point Guard/Forward. So far, Torres has scored a total of 103 points and recalls her highest scoring game that she has ever played was this season while visiting Carbondale. During that game, Torres scored a total of 17 points.
Over the years, Torres has learned an abundant amount of lessons regarding the game of basketball that impact her life as well. She states, “The most important factor of a good team is to work together to help each other and improve collectively.” Torres also says that she has learned, “that putting in the time and effort necessary is the only way to grow.”
This has only been possible from attending a number of basketball camps and summer teams including: Blue Ridge Basketball Club, AAU Teams, 21 Hoops, Villanova Summer Basketball Camp, Albright College Basketball Camp, and countless other camps and teams.
Since she started playing at such a young age, there is no doubt that when the time comes to graduate and move on from high school, there will be things about basketball Torres will miss. She explained that “I will miss my teammates that have become a second family because of the hardships and growth that we have overcome together throughout the years.” Torres also says that she is going to miss the thrill of the game and the fun that comes with it.
Having experience in playing for so many years, Torres has advice to give to younger athletes. She explains, “being punctual shows a coach how much you are willing to give your best every day in practice.” Torres also says that a key thing is to have a positive attitude toward your team and coaches, since it helps to lift the team’s moral and shows how dependable you are in any situation.
Although the time has come for Torres to leave the role of a basketball player at Blue Ridge, she plans to continue to be involved in basketball whether it be for a college team, a manager, or a club team. In conclusion, Torres talks about her team and her future by saying, “I am very proud in how hard the team is working and improving. I will definitely come back to cheer them on when I go to college.”
Torres is not the only senior leaving the girl’s basketball program. A total of three seniors will be graduating and leaving the program: Ashley Torres, Savannah Glover, and Christie Baldwin. On February 12th, senior night will be hosted in the Main Gym at Blue Ridge. The night kicks off with Junior Varsity as tip-off is set at 5:30 p.m.. The girls basketball team’s will face off against The Elk Lake Warriors. Be sure to come out and support the JV and Varsity girls basketball team’s and the graduating seniors!!!