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.