North Oconee High School senior Ansley Hall admittedly needed some time to get comfortable at a new school after spending two years at Prince Avenue Christian School, with new teammates, a new coach and a new environment athletically and academically.
That was last year. The 2019-2020 edition of Hall has come into the new basketball season just playing basketball and going to school.
“At the beginning of last year, I was still kind of finding my place,” Hal said. “By the end we were all close and I felt like I found my place. This year, as a senior I feel even more like I’ve kind of stepped into my role. I think we all get along well. It’s a great team.”
Hall has already signed a college scholarship with Tennessee Tech University to play her college basketball next year and the only real worry for her is playing for the Lady Titans and trying to help them win a Region 8-4A championship.
With that comfort comes confidence and calmness.
“It’s been really nice,” Hall said. “We’re just enjoying the season. We’re about to start region and we’re feeling good about it. It feels really good not to have the extra stress of worrying about colleges and stuff and just enjoying my senior year with the team.”
Hall’s comfort has produced on the court production as well. In last Tuesday’s win over Apalachee High School Hall led the Lady Titans in scoring with a 20-point outburst. Her performance has made Hall this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
Though last Tuesday’s performance is a typical one for Hall in her four years of high school basketball, she no longer feels pressure to put up big points every night because of how the Lady Titans’ are constructed.
The balanced attack the Lady Titans have has been one of the most settling things for Hall in her senior season.
“I love that we have 12 people that score,” Hall said. “I would love a 6 foot 3 inch tall post inside but it’s great. It’s nice to have other people who can handle the ball and handle the pressure. It’s not just all me.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can be reached at www.oconeept.com