Chatrice White started to turn heads at last year's crossroads tournament in York.This year all eyes at the old auditorium are following the Shelby-Rising City junior.
"I always look forward to the conference tournament, every year," White said. "It's always so much fun - the atmosphere that we play in. It's just going to keep building us as a team and prepare us for that next step."
White led the Lady Huskies to the tournament title last year. With another crown this season, the six-three post player is hoping to start a tradition.
"It's really important for us to win and continue on that legacy and make the little girls who watch us in the stands want to win like we do," White said.
That winning habit has taken the Huskies to 16-1 this year. White is averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 steals per game.
"I I expect a double-doule out of her every night and that's about what she does every night," Shelby-Rising City coach Travis Weber said. "So, she does what she's been doing all year. She brings a lot to the team and makes everyone else around her better."
The team's record and White's numbers are attracting attention from all corners.
"It's different for us," White said. "It's really cool to turn on the TV and see us play and to watch the highlights is really cool."
But all the pressure and hype don't phase the leading Lady Husky. It's dad takes care of the nerves for everyone.
"She's played in a lot of big games and she really enjoys the competition, so she gets up for it herself," Chatrice's father, Bob White, said. "I do the nervous part and she does the work."
"She's conifdent out there," White's mother, Nitha, said. "She's going to do the best that she can and make her teammates play up. I'm the doctor. I'm the one that takes care of her."
Right now, White's taking care of a slight fracture in her hand, but between her numbers and demeanor, you might not notice.
"She's always been tough. 'It's ok, it's ok. We'll take care of it later. I'm playing right now,'" Nitha said.
White still has one year left at the prep level, but several division one schools are in the picture. She's appreciated all the support from her parents as the decision gets closer.
"It's really good to have them around to talk to them," White said. "They understand where I'm coming from and they've just been really helpful through this whole thing."