For Wagley, playing basketball is a passion as well as school-work
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 28, 2006 - MILLER GROVE - For Miller Grove senior Leslie Wagley, playing the game of basketball is a passion.

"The game of basketball is my life and if I could I would play it all the time," she said. "I saw my sister Jessica playing and she inspires me a lot to be able to play this game.

"It is a stress relief game that you can get everything out and you don't have to worry about anything."

The multi-sport athlete is second in her class of 20-to-30 students and said being a student-athlete is important to her.

"It means a lot to me because I can show people that I am able to work and go to school and keep my grades up," Wagley said.

She said the leadership role is something she can take pride in and hopefully the younger players will see her work ethic during the season.

"I am able to play volleyball, softball, run cross country and track and do about everything here at Miller Grove," she added.

Wagley is the only senior on both the varsity boys and girls teams at Miller Grove.

"It means a lot to me in that I have to step up and show them that you actually need to work and you have other things in life that you need to look at rather than just playing sports," the senior said. "It hurts my feelings to know on Senior Night that I am going to be the only senior girl out there, but then again it shows that I am able to juggle multiple things in life. I enjoy being the only senior on this team."

Wagley said her ultimate goal in college is to try and get a scholarship and walk-on to play basketball or volleyball at either the University of North Texas or at Texas A&M-Commerce. She wants to be an accountant or an engineer after college.

"I want to get a scholarship or at least walk-on and play ball on the college level," she said. "I also want to graduate and look back and know that I am proud of myself."

Wagley is the youngest of two siblings and is the daughter of James and LeAnn Wagley.

The Lady Hornets are currently 5-11 on the year and 1-2 in District 22-A, Div. II.

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