Player of the Week: Ashley Watts

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Butler High School sophomore Ashley Watts

SCHOOL: Butler Class: Soph. Pos.: Point guard Ht.: 5-foot-5

HOW SHE FARED: Watts fell three rebounds short of a triple-double (20 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds) in a win over Washington-Wilkes, then led Butler past Harlem in a battle of Region 3-AAAA unbeatens. Against Harlem, Watts had 18 points and six assists.

WATTS ON WATTS: "It was hard to get people to listen to me last year because I was only a freshman. I feel like now everyone's listening to me, and I'm getting respect. I'm trying to be more of a leader. ... I've heard some people saying that (Butler) is having success because of me, but it's really about the team. We have a team mindset, and that's what's helping us."

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "Ashley plays with a great passion. I want some of the other girls to have that feeling she has. She just loves, loves, loves the game of basketball." -- Butler coach Keisha Stewart