We award the Female Athlete of the Week honor to senior basketball player Amber Shepherd. The native of Hueysville led her squad to a 1-1 week in the NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament.
In the semi-finals, the sweet shooter, who was held scoreless in the first half, poured in a game-high 25 points afterward. Her outburst helped the Lady Eagles erase a 25 point first half deficit and come back to defeat a strong Hiwassee club in overtime, 87-76. It was her clutch 25-foot bomb with 4 seconds remaining that sent the game into the extra session, and she finished 8-20 from the floor (4-9 from long range) and 5-7 from the charity line while adding 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
In the championship contest against the top-seeded Bluefield Lady Rams, she was solid once more in the 67-45 season-ending decision. She concluded her solid career by leading all scorers with 18 points on 8-17 shooting and grabbing 4 rebounds.