Feb. 27: Outstanding Student Athlete: Oregon-Davis' Ashley Campbell
Ask around about Ashley Campbell at Oregon-Davis, and you will hear a familiar refrain.
"She works harder than anybody else," says Bobcats head coach Terry Minix.
"I've never met a player that has put in so much hard work as she has," added friend, neighbor and fellow senior Kendra Sauer.
Campbell is many things. A prolific scorer. A relentless defender. But most of all, she is a tireless worker.
"She's never satisfied or content with just averaging 20 points," Minix says. "She just wants to be the best she can be. And right now she's the best scorer we've ever had here at Oregon-Davis."
Campbell, who travels to South Bend on her off days for even more practice and drill work, has been a starter for the Bobcats since her freshman year. Earlier this season she broke the school's all-time scoring record, for both girls and boys. It was held by Minix's daughter, Aubrey. But now it belongs to Campbell, with 1,813 points and counting.
"Everyone tells you, 'Your hard work is going to pay off, your hard work is going to pay off,' " says Campbell, who leads O-D with 20.8 points and 5.0 assists per game this season. "Being the leading scorer here now, it's just like, 'Wow, it does pay off.' It wasn't even a dream or a goal for me. It just kind of happened and was there."
Campbell, who leads O-D with 20.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game, is the perfect point man for the Bobcats' non-stop pressure defense and fast-break offense.
That system has carried Oregon-Davis all the way to a No. 1 ranking in Class A and a Semi-State matchup with Lafayette Central Catholic at 1pm on Saturday at Crown Point.
"In practice it gets really tiring because we're just up and down, up and down, up and down," Campbell says of their up-tempo philosophy. "Then in the game it's just like, 'Wow, it's all paying off.' It's worth it."
For Campbell and the Bobcats, the ultimate payoff is still two wins away -- a state championship.
"It would be absolutely incredible. It's always been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. It would mean so much to me."