Aysia Shellmire proved her worth with the Burroughs High girls' basketball program this past season.
One needs only to ask Indians Coach Vicky Oganyan how much the senior meant to the team to get a definitive answer.
“Without Aysia, we don't win a league championship. It's that simple,” Oganyan said.
With the 6-foot-1 Shellmire patrolling the post for Burroughs, the team captured a share of the Pacific League championship with Arcadia. It was the Indians' second league title since winning the outright crown in 2011.
Fittingly, players from Burroughs and Arcadia shared the league player of the year honor, as Shellmire and senior Melody Chang were elevated to the top spot.
“I respect her as a player and I respect what they were able to do as a team,” Shellmire said about Chang. “It was a tough battle the two times we played this season.”