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Hurricane High's Watson named Gamer of the Week

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Abby Watson of Hurricane High School.

The Lady Redskins basketball team has already surpassed their wins mark from the previous season with a current record of 10-9. A full roster of talented athletes is just one thing that has made this team a contender in Kanawha Valley and the MSAC, but the veteran play and leadership from Junior Abby Watson has pushed this team into the spotlight for 2014. Abby is averaging about 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocks a game.

To add to what will probably be an award winning season for her, she also passed the 1000 career points make earlier in the season. Currently Abby has more than 1200 points in her career that began as a starting freshman.

"I have had a pretty good season. I feel like I can pass the ball off more with the talent we have on the team this year, which has allowed me to move more and get more opportunities to score," said Abby. She added that the success this season has stemmed from the harder work and talent of her teammates. One such teammate, senior Taneisha Strudavent, has contributed a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds consistently for the Redskins.

Coach Natasha Lowe has been very excited to see the transformation of this program over the past few years and is excited to see where it will continue to go. "We have made it a goal this year to end with a winning record and get past sectionals," said Coach Lowe.

She added that the leadership that Abby has brought to this team is one reason for its success. "She has learned to keep her composure and is very good about picking up the team when they are down no matter if she is on the court or not. She communicates well on the court and is the go to person when the team needs something to happen."

Abby's biggest motivator this season has been her mother who is always encouraging her to play strong and smart. "She doesn't know the game very well but she tells me things like 'think quarter to quarter' and 'keep composed' which help me to stay more focused during the games." Abby is the daughter of George and Tracy Watson.

She is a very active peer at Hurricane high participating in varsity soccer and track and field and is a member of student council, 24/7, prom committee and helps with the special Olympics. She currently has a 3.9 GPA and is planning to study accounting when she attends college. As for collegiate athletics, Abby has received offers from several Division 1 school but has not made any decisions as to where she will go. She did say that wherever she does attend she would like to play basketball and throw for the track and field team.

Look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.

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