Ashley Marshall, Joppatowne, basketball

Q & A --

March 04, 2007|By BILL FREE

Ashley Marshall, a 5-foot-10 senior, is averaging 11.2 points and 11.1 rebounds and is one of four captains for Joppatowne, which was 13-5 entering the Class 2A East regional playoffs. Marshall has a 3.5 grade point average, is senior class president, senior mentor coordinator, a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Society of High School Scholars.

Which position do you have the most fun playing?

The three spot, small forward, because it allows me to go with the rebounds as well as step on the perimeter and take my jump shot. I take about four three-point shots a game. The last game I hit three of four threes.

What were the most rebounds you had in a game?

I had 23 rebounds [twice]. The first time was against North Harford. The second time was C. Milton Wright.

What is the most important thing about being a good rebounder?

You can't teach it. It's instinct. It's built on heart. If you don't have heart, you're not going to get [the rebound].

Usually there are one or two captains. What's it like having four?

Each captain brings something different to the team. And when we all put our ideas together, we make that one captain that completes the team. The hardest part is being a disciplinarian, a leader on the team, because a lot of girls want to goof off. So I just try to set the example for everybody.

How do you score most of your points?

Most of my points I earn in the paint, though lately I've been hitting the threes. I don't feel like I get anything I don't deserve, no cheap baskets. I do the dirty work.

What made your team a success this season?

Well, I think we all put our different talents together. And it just made the overall team better. We have so many weapons on the team that the other teams couldn't guard just one player. On any given day, anybody could be hot on the team.

What's the most memorable thing that ever happened to you in a game?

In my junior year in a game at Rising Sun, I hit five threes, and at the end of the game the Rising Sun coach shook my hand and said, "Where have you been? You were hot today. You've been overlooked in your career." That was real memorable.

Are you going to play basketball in college?

I haven't decided yet. So far I've been accepted into Howard University and St. John's University. I've also applied to Georgetown and Villanova.

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