Winning when it counts

Haleigh Porter, Sports Writer

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Current senior and former varsity
basketball star of four years Nadia Green
was recently chosen as the Daily 2016-17
Girls Player of the Year from Southtown
Basketball. This prestigious award is
given to only the best of Chicago’s
athletes, highlighting and appreciating
their play over the course of the season.
Green, who started playing basketball
between the ages of five and six, has
committed to play Division I basketball
at the University of Missouri, an
accolade in itself. Missouri competes in
the SEC with the likes of the University
of Kentucky, Florida, Georgia and many
“Winning this award has definitely
affected me and my senior year in a
positive way,” Green said. “I’m proud
of what I’ve accomplished this year, and
I of course give credit to my teammates
and coaches for helping me and pushing
me, but I especially give credit to Coach
Smith because he’s a great coach and he
treats his players like family.”
Nadia’s unconventional way of
receiving the news that she was chosen
didn’t make the moment any less special
for her or her parents.
“Nobody physically told me I won.
I actually found out on Twitter. When
I showed my parents, they were really
happy for me, and I was really excited
because everybody doesn’t get the
opportunity to win Player of the Year.
I’m really blessed.” Green said.
Photo and interview by Haleigh Porter
Winning when it counts
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Coach Smith has been the head
coach of the girls basketball team for
only four years, but it hasn’t taken him
any time at all to make an impact on the
program and its players. Smith helps
his players reach their potential and
makes sure that they are well-prepared
for any and all directions they choose
to take after leaving H-F.
Green is the first female basketball
player in H-F’s history to receive this
decoration, and Smith could not be
more elated.
“I was excited for both her and
our program because our team worked
hard, and it pushed her to be a hard
working kid, helping to propel our
program. We as team took it as an
honor that she was picked, and it was
big for our program.” Smith said.
Although this was a very exciting
moment for the team, Smith made it
clear that he has already set his eyes
on the prize for next year’s lineup.
He hopes that upcoming players
have noticed Nadia’s example and
will follow her leadership to produce
nothing short of success, leading them
to a State title.
“You can expect another State title
run from us next year. I’m hopeful that
some of our kids took Nadia’s cue and
that they pick up the ball and say they
want to take it one step further. That’s
what we really plan on every year, that
we’re going to be able to get it done
year in and year out,” Smith said.

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