The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for January 13, 2011.
Justin Smith, Chiawana, 5-10, sr.
Smith torched Richland for a career-high 44 points Friday, leading the Riverhawks to a 91-87 come-from-behind CBBN 4A victory.
He followed up his scintillating performance with a cool 28 points for a road win at Davis. He also had 13 points in a win against Hermiston earlier in the week.
“I definitely hadn’t seen that as far as a game I’ve ever coached,” coach Chad Herron said. “Never had anyone score 44 for me or had anyone score 44 against us.”
Smith had everything working, making outside shots, hitting his free throws and taking the ball to the basket. His previous career-high was 33 points last season.
Favorite food: Pork chops and rice
Favorite nonsport activity: Listening to music
Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant
Most like to meet: Abe Lincoln
Favorite class: Physics
Must-have on the road: iPod
Favorite movie: Rush Hour 3
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Yesenia Torres, Kiona-Benton, 5-6, jr.
Torres hit a school-record nine 3-pointers and scored 30 points in a win against Bickleton last week.
She followed that up with eight points and 14 rebounds in a win against Mabton, including making two free throws with 2 seconds left in the game to ice the victory.
“I was on fire,” Torres said. “I’ve never hit nine 3s in a game, probably never hit four 3s in a game. It is nice.”
Torres is only the fourth player to reach the 30-point plateau in Kiona-Benton history and could’ve set the school record in points, but she was pulled because the game was a blowout.
Favorite food: Enchiladas, red sauce
Favorite nonsport activity: Drawing
Most like to meet: Candace Parker
Favorite class: Chemistry
Favorite movie: The Notebook
Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore
Career plans: Physical therapist
Nominations for AOTW can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 582-1410. Nominations must be received by noon Sunday.