Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 17, 2014

KENTUCKY ALL STARS: Glasgow’s Shalika Smith makes all star cut

GLASGOW — Shalika Smith is a trendsetter for Glasgow girls basketball.

She is the first Lady Scottie to sign to play Division IA basketball. She was on the first Lady Scottie basketball team to win a Fourth Region Tournament title and she was on the first Glasgow girls team to win the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic state tournament.

The Bluegrass Sports Commission announced the rosters of the Kentucky All-Star teams that play against Indiana all stars in June. Smith made the cut after trying out Sunday.

“I felt good about my chances even though I had to leave early,” Smith said Thursday at Glasgow High School. “It was a lot of the same drills we had last year when I made the junior team.”

She said she learned she had made the team earlier in the day. Smith joins Heather Hood as the only Lady Scotties’ to make the all star teams. Hood made the team in 1996.

The selection is the cherry on the top of an historic high school career.

Sunday morning, Smith was at Georgetown College on Sunday vying for her chance to be an all star. That afternoon, she joined her Glasgow teammates at the annual basketball banquet where coach Justin Stinson surprised his players with title rings.

“There was a lot of good competition. I’ve just kept working hard,” Smith said. “It’s been an amazing four years (at Glasgow).”

As a senior, Smith averaged 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and shot 58 percent from the floor. She was first team all region, second team all state, the MVP of the All “A” Classic state tournament, a Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches player of the year, on the 15th District All-Season Team and the 15th District All-Tournament Team, according to Stinson.

For her career, she scored 1,643 points, second in school history, first all time in rebounds at 1,201, first all time in field goals with 743 and first all time in field goal percentage at 56 percent.

The Lady Scotties were 94-30 during Smith’s high school career and the program won the All “A” state title this season, won two Fourth Region titles and two district titles.

“I would like to first thank God for blessing me with this talent and skill,” Smith said when she signed with WKU in November, “and to my coaches for pushing me to (reach) the best of my abilities. I want to thank my friends and family for being my motivators and being there for me every step of the way.”

 

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