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Twinsburg graduate and Ohio's 2013 Ms. Basketball winner Ashley Morrissette had her Lady Tiger jersey retired as she was honored before a home game against Wadsworth Jan. 28.
Sporting that familiar warm smile, Morrissette, who wore the No. 1 jersey, was dressed formally this time on the Twinsburg hardwoods.
Morrissette joins former teammate Malina Howard to be the only two girls basketball players at Twinsburg to have their jerseys retired.
The All-Ohio Player of the Year in 2013, helped Twinsburg win two state championships and reach the state finals her senior season when she averaged 19 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Morrissette amassed 1,468 points as a Lady Tiger.
"This is a great honor and I was really surprised when I got the text and the call [from coach Julie Solis]," said Morrissette. "This is quite a great honor and a blessing."
The 2013 grad continued her career at Purdue University and made honorable mention All-Big 10 as a junior. Now a senior, she hopes to establish a career in professional basketball.
A 1,000-point scorer at Purdue, Morrissette returned on her bye week to Twinsburg, where the Tigers beat defending state champion Wadsworth 55-43 in a crucial league game.
"Ashley is a great kid and I am very proud of her as an athlete and more importantly, the person she has become," said Solis, who was emotional during the presentation.
"All of those kids did great things and Ashley certainly has had plenty of accomplishments in high school and in college."
A 5-foot-9 guard, Morrissette has a deft shooting touch with a quick release and is adept at finishing with either hand.
"It's exciting to be back home and this was the only day I could do it (with the bye week)," she noted. "I recall each year there was a lot of winning and it was a journey and a process."
"One of my fondest memories was when we won a state title, we had a bucket of confetti to dump on Coach Solis, and it was funny, because they didn't know if it was water or what," said Morrissette.
This winter, Morrissette leads the Boilermakers (14-8), averaging 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals.
Just like any student-athlete, it took Morrissette some time to get used to college hoops and life at the West Lafayette, Ind. campus.
"The college game is an adjustment and making it at the next level, you have to trust the process," she explained. "I want to finish my senior year strong and finish with a bang."
Morrissette also smiled about becoming a bit speechless when asked for a pre-game pep talk to the 2016-17 Tigers in the locker room.
"I was a little speechless," she laughed. "It's so great to see everyone."