Season Interrupted: Sierra Canyon’s Ashley Chevalier has pro plans after Texas
Name: Ashley Chevalier
School: Chatsworth Sierra Canyon
Sport: Basketball, guard
Key stats: Averaged 11.7 points and 4.3 assists to help defending state Open Division champion Sierra Canyon secure the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs this year
Summer plans: Working out with her mother and father, both coaches
Fall plans: Will attend the University of Texas
Palisades High basketball standout Jane Nwaba is inspired by her mother, a nurse who is helping the ill amid the coronavirus outbreak.
On having two coaches in the house help her through the sports stoppage:
“They’re doing everything they can. We’re watching film. We have a basketball court outside and trying to do little things, like ball handling.”
On winning the State Open title in 2019:
“Definitely that was the highlight [of my high school career]. It’s every player’s dream to win a championship. The way we won it with the starters able to step off the court and get our moment was really special.”
How the sports stoppage has changed her life:
“I think everyone is understanding how to be grateful and not take things for granted. Basketball has always been there and you never thought it can be taken away. It’s a learning curve understanding anything can be stopped any moment.”
Pete Crow-Armstrong says a sports-free existence hasn’t been easy during the coronavirus shutdown: “Sports gives me a reason to be a kid and be free.”
What she misses the most:
“My routine, the things I do on a daily basis. I like to stay on a schedule and it’s not that way anymore.”
Where she sees herself in 10 years:
“There are so many possibilities. I hope to play professional basketball. Being a coach is something I’m interested in.”
Video interviews of each athlete can be found at latimes.com/sports/highschool.
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