Jack of the week - Ashlee Mells

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Ladyjacks were desperate to find another scoring threat besides Porsha Roberts and Tammara Marion. Thanks to some unfortunate injuries junior Ashlee Mells got her shot off the bench and she didn't miss.

Mells doesn't want the glory though, she says it is all still a shock for her to starting and playing so well.

"I'm just glad to be playing since last year I had to sit out for the whole year," said Mells. "It is like a dream to be playing, but I am having fun with it."

Mells has started the last 9 games and is averaging 11 points a game during that stretch. Coach Brandon Schneider admits she has been a spark plug for the Ladyjacks.

"I think it is a perfect example of an opportunity presenting itself for a young lady and she steps up and takes advantage of it," said Schneider. "We have definitely become a better basketball team with her emerging as a real scoring threat for us."

Mells is a transfer player from Indiana, so she is older than most of the Ladyjacks. But Mells realizes she needs to lead as well as learn from her teammates.

"There are times on the court where I have to a leader and lead by example," said Mells. "But there are other times that I have to learn from the people that have been here longer than I have."

The Ladyjacks and their new threat Ashlee Mells is your Jack of the week.

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