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Shay Drish named The Ledger's player of the week

FHS junior Shay Drish scored 35 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, eight steals and two assists last week in wins over Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant and in a road-loss to Class 5A Waterloo West.
FHS junior Shay Drish scored 35 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, eight steals and two assists last week in wins over Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant and in a road-loss to Class 5A Waterloo West.
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The Fairfield Ledger would like to start recognizing one individual student-athlete each week and our first honoree is Trojan girls’ basketball standout junior guard Shaylin Drish.

Last week, Drish had 19 points on 8-12 shooting Nov. 27 at Oskaloosa, including 3-3 from behind the arc and three rebounds and two steals to round out her stat line.

Nov. 30 she had five points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals in a key home conference win versus Mt. Pleasant that the Trojans won by just four.

She was again the team’s high scorer at Class 5A Waterloo West, tallying 11 points, five rebounds and two steals. Another key stat that sometimes goes unnoticed with scorers, is the ability to play quality, full-court if needed, defense without accumulating a bunch of fouls that limit your offensive opportunities throughout the game, especially late in a contest. Drish only drew five fouls in her three games last week, allowing her to stay on the court as needed for Head Coach Brian Witzenburg’s squad.

Parents

Corrie and Roger

Siblings

Ashtyn, Trevor and Keagan

Fav spot to shoot on the floor?

Any 3-pointer, but basically the sides.

Fav career in-game moment?

Winning at North Scott. Realizing late in the game that we were going to win and then celebrating with the student section.

Do you have a signature move?

I don’t think I really have one. I try to incorporate different things if I’m not doing well at something else.

When did you start playing?

Third or fourth grade. I played travel ball and we went to local tournaments.

Exotic sport you’d like to try?

I think it would be cool to go surfing.

Advice you’ve gotten that you regularly think about?

My dad gives me a lot of advice and he always tells me that ‘negatives aren’t always negatives and they can be positives.’

Anything about sports you don’t enjoy?

Waking up early to go to tournaments.

What do you miss most about your sister?

It’s just different with her not here and having to talk over the phone, but we talk every day. Even we she comes to the games it’s different with her in the stands instead of on the court.

How are you dealing with the transition from a young player to an older player?

I rode the bench as a freshman and then even as a sophomore I still had two grades a head of me, but now I need to start being the leader.

What does being named player of the week mean to you?

It’s nice to have people see what I do and choose me.

Fav moment from last week?

Tuesday we didn’t start out strong but we were able to keep our heads up and come back and then Friday we just battled.