Jan. 9th, 2013; Scholar Athlete; Lacy Asdourian

Jan 9, 2013 8:13 PM

In our latest Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week, we introduce you to a 4.0 student in the north state, who this season, is breaking the gender barrier.

Action Sports Ross Field introduces us to a female basketball player from Liberty Christian high school who's taking pride in her skill set and proving she can hang with the guys.

Lacy Asdourian used to tag along with her older brother Richard and play basketball with him and his friends during open gym sessions at Liberty Christian high.

"We're really competitive, so I've always kind of played with him and my little brother and it keeps me tough in that way," said Asdourian.

Well, this winter, those open gym sessions with the boys are paying off.

Asdourian, a 5'5" junior guard, is playing for the Liberty Christian boys varsity team after the girls team folded earlier this season.

Athletic director and boys varisty coach Todd Franklin explained that due to a low turnout and some injuries, the girls team didn't have enough bodies to field a team.

Lacy wanted to keep playing and Franklin gave her two options, transfer to another school, or play at Liberty with the boys team.

Asdourian decided to stay and suit up with the guys.

"If she's just playing against girls she's in the top five, top six in our section. She's really aggressive, a good shooter, a top defender, a really good player," said Franklin.

Asdourian, who has been playing organized basketball since freshman year, started at shooting guard last season for the Liberty girls and averaged 10 points a game.

But this is completely different and she can remember the moment she first came into a game with her new team.

"I was extremely extremely nervous, probably the most nervous I've been for anything ever," said Asdourian.

Asdourian currently comes off the bench, and hasn't scored in five games since joining the boys team.

But that's okay with her, this humble Patriot just wants contribute in any way possible, especially on the defensive end.

"Defensively I try to show how I can play because I've always been better at defense," said Asdourian.

So far, Asdourian says the toughest transition has been adjusting to the speed of the game.

"Girls is a lot slower and everything it kind of takes it's time more, guys its like faster paced, everything is harder and more physical and the size of everyone is way bigger and everything," said Asdourian.

But Franklin says she has done more than hold her own.

"She's a really good basketball player who is in a tough spot, but she's making the best of it, she's playing really good defense, and it's interesting teams are guarding her harder than they are other people, they don't want her to score and it's been very evident in our games that no matter what the outcome of the game is, they don't want her to score, and I think she's going to prove them wrong," said Franklin.

"I just want to like show myself the best way possible and represent girls where they're not weak," said Asdourian.

Franklin told us, he expects that Liberty Christian will have enough bodies to field a girls team next year, so Asdourian will most likely be a member of the guys team through this season.


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