By Tony Altobelli
Killeen Daily Herald
Sometimes even a summer league game can be a life-changing experience.
Just ask Killeen Lady Roo senior Ashley Price.
After being spotted in the stands during a summer league game, the standout guard will take her athletic and scholastic careers to Sioux City, Iowa where she will attend Briar Cliff University in the fall.
Price came off the bench for the Lady Roos and was a solid force, both offensively and defensively for coach Latisha Rosemond's squad.
"There's never been a doubt that she can play the game," Rosemond said. "I think starting over again at Briar Cliff and working in a new system will be a great experience for her. They're not only getting someone who can hit the big 3-pointer, but she's also a very smart defender. I really think she'll play well at that level."
Price averaged 4.4 points per game for a Lady Roo team that reached the playoffs the past two seasons. She was an All-District 16-4A honorable mention selection this year as well.
"The student-teacher ratio at Briar Cliff is 13 to 1 and that's very important to me," Price said. "The atmosphere there is great and I think the fact that I'm a pretty diverse person will help me a lot. I'm not your average kid.
"The Briar Cliff coach saw me playing in a summer league game and said she liked my attitude on the court. I'm looking forward to the new experience of going to college and living in Sioux City. It's something that everyone my age should experience."
Price's best game of the season came in Killeen's district opener at Waco University, where she came off the bench and hit some big shots in the Lady Roos' 53-51 win.
"She was our lifeline in the middle of that game," Rosemond said. "She was one of our biggest contributors and when we needed some big shots, she hit'em."
Price wanted to thank Rosemond as well as former assistant coach Shannon Holland for helping her get to that next level.
"Whenever I needed someone to talk to, coach Holland was always there for me," Price said. "Whenever I needed a push, coach Rosemond was there. It was a perfect combination for me."
Briar Cliff competes in the NAIA's Great Plains Athletic Conference. Last year, the Chargers went 10-20 overall, 3-15 in the GPAC.
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