WINNSBORO — Nyashia Crumblin isn’t a starter for the Lady Griffins. A quick check of the stat sheet shows that she scores only about 2 points per game.
What the stat sheet doesn’t show, however, are the contributions she makes, both on and off the court.
Crumblin has been a part of the Lady Griffins varsity team since her sophomore year, and is confident in her ability to lead the team.
“I’m a leader on and off the court,” she said. “I have to knock down shots when my teammates give me the ball.”
Coach Amelia Miller shares that confidence.
“Nyashia is like a coach, she’s always ready to go when her number is called,” Miller said. “Even if she’s not in the game, she’s always trying to suggest things that she sees, let me know that maybe we need to make changes.”
While Nyashia is a leader, she isn’t the loudest one on the court. Some might describe her as being stoic.
“My friends would say that I’m outgoing, quiet. I have to get to know you to talk to you,” she said.
Like similar leaders, this helps let her peers know that when she does speak, it is generally something they need to hear.
While she has a clear potential to move into a coaching role after school, Nyashia knows what she wants to do next.
“I’m enlisting to go into the Army on June 14,” she stated. “I’ll be there for my career.”
While she’s serving, she plans to get a degree to be a physical therapist.
For now, Nyashia isn’t sure where she will end up as a therapist. While Fairfield County isn’t her top choice, it also isn’t out of the question, and she says it will depend on how the community develops over the next several years.
Crumblin, like any good leader, is also a voice of reason for her team. When the team got into an altercation in Calhoun over the Christmas break, Nyashia was one pulling teammates back and walking away with her hands up instead of getting involved.
Coach Miller said that that further exemplifies her the character of her senior.
“She’s always encouraging the girls, staying on top of her game, she’s a leader,” Miller said. “She tries to do the right thing all the time.”
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.