Posted: Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:30PM

Athlete of the Week: West Plains basketball star Andi Haney




Years and years of playing against the “bigger girls” with her older sister prepared Andi Haney for varsity basketball competition.

Add in diligence and some shooting practice, and the West Plains all-state guard is closing in on the school’s all-time scoring record in her final season.
With West Plains only one game into its season, Haney is about 500 points away from having her name atop the career scoring list.

The team’s success comes first, obviously, but Haney says victories will help her reach the mark.
  
"I know it's out there, but I can't go out there trying to break it or it's not going to happen," Haney said. "I just wanna go out there and do whatever it takes to win because the farther we get in tournaments, the more games we play, that's just going to help it out. But I want to help the team first."
 
Haney developed her skill-set by playing up a couple of age levels with her older sister, Tabitha. The duo played two years together at West Plains, and countless more games in club and one-on-one action.
 
"We could always practice with each other, make each other better," Andi Haney said. "She definitely helped me get off to my start in high school, made things easier for me. She had already been through it.”
 
Their skill-sets varied.
 
"We worked off each other with our styles,” said Andi Haney, who began playing with her sister when she was in kindergarten. “She was more of a shooter, I was more of a taker. She could get me the ball in the post, or cutting through the lane. I could kick it out to her. (The defense) had to worry about two instead of just one, so it made it easier."
 
Lady Zizzers coach Scott Womack said Andi always had natural talent, but one area needed improvement.
 
"She's always been a very good athlete, a very physical player," Womack said. "She wasn't a great shooter when she was in the 7th or 8th grade, but she's worked to make herself into one."
 
The Haneys will soon re-unite for two more seasons of basketball. Andi plans to join her sister at Harding (Ark.) University next year.

Filed Under :  
Topics : West PlainsWomen's Basketball
People : Andi HaneyScott Womack
Photo Galleries

Pictures: Southwest VB vs. Marionville


Marionville beats the the Trojans in three sets.

Pictures: Parkview 3, Hillcrest 0


Gustavo Cruz scored 2 goals to led the Vikings to the Ozark Conference win.

Pictures: Glendale 2, Republic 0


The Lady Falcons improved to 2-2 with a two-set victory over Republic on Tuesday.
Videos
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: Week 2 Football Recap
Who were the big players from Week 2 football? What do you have to look forward to in Week 3. I cover it all here. See all of Week Two's top plays in the video above. Big Man on Campus Johnny Healy, Mountain Grove – Often...
Read More
5 Takeaways from Mizzou's win over SDSU
Mizzou opened its football season with a 38-18 win over FCS opponent South Dakota State on Saturday. Here are five things I am taking away from the first game of the season. PICTURES: MIZZOU VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE - CLICK HERE 1. It is a good thing...
Read More
Win or lose, 2014's the turning point for Bears' program
 The freshness of a new season offers a chance for a fresh start, hope and the promise of a better future.   And if you’ve been a Missouri State football fan or follower for any part of the past two and a half decades, you know no team...
Read More
Most Viewed