Five games into the season, Star Spencer girls coach Janith Johnson
needed someone to step in after several players suffered injuries. So she inserted freshman Sharane Campbell
into the starting lineup.
"And she hasn't let up since,” Johnson said. "She's done great.”
Campbell, 14, has helped the Lady Bobcats to their first state tournament in seven years. Campbell is averaging 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds — both team highs — for Class 4A's No. 3-ranked squad.
Johnson said the shy freshman plays plays much older than she looks.
Campbell, a 5-foot-9 forward, has played on two national champion AAU teams, so her stellar play was not entirely unexpected. But it was Campbell's ability to contribute almost immediately on a senior-dominated team that took Johnson by surprise.
"How she would fit in with this team, it was questionable. But she's just stepped in and done a remarkable job,” Johnson said. "I knew she was a good player, but how good? We're really counting on her now.”
Johnson attributes Campbell's success to a work ethic that has earned the freshman the nickname "Work Horse.”
"She works awfully hard, and she's so passionate about the game. She just wants to win,” Johnson said.
Star Spencer plays Perkins-Tryon at 2 p.m. today in the first round at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.