To be blunt, former Weldon guard Tecara Ashe put together the type of varsity basketball career many players aspire to enjoy, but lack the capability to actualize.
Total points scored — 1,116.
Rebounds — 349.
Assists and steals — 360 and 282, respectively.
But perhaps most importantly, Ashe helped book victories — as in 91, against just eight losses over a four-year span.
If you pitched the numbers to a writer’s room, or any production house capable of turning her hoops story into a film, they would pass.
Too one-sided, they’d say.
Not enough tension.
And without warring factions — well, you get the idea.
Only, Ashe persisted as a singular force, crafting her own feature scripts, driven by a dependability uncommon between the lines.
Skills and such
In every sense, Ashe was a player’s player, meaning that opposing coaches and hoopers across the Valley — male or female, public school or private — were forced, really, to recognize her skill set as one that had a place on every team.
Every. Single. Team.
Because there’s always room for a lead guard who gets to her spots on the floor, possesses a solid mid-range game and finds others when access to the bucket is closed off, walled off or otherwise outlawed.
Defensively, No. 2 was just as solid, operating out of matchups and into passing lanes, as evidenced by her average of 4.3 steals per game as a senior — a figure which ranked 18th in all of 1A basketball.
A gamer for the sake of all-time, Ashe also dished, finishing her career on County Road with a dependable 1.20 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In April, when officials at the N.C. High School Athletic Association were forced to forever cancel Weldon’s state championship clash against West Regional champ Murphy — a greater-good decision, no matter one’s political leaning — fans of the women’s game were denied a chance to see Ashe test her ability against a team that hadn’t lost a game in nearly a year.
As matchups go, it was a certain classic.
What’s more, the Bulldogs were a great defensive outfit, allowing just 39.7 points per game on the season — a brand of stinginess which could have, given her versatility, made Ashe the star of said show.
Alas, we’ll never know the outcome, but can be sure of one thing — it will likely be some time before another Weldon guard finishes a career on par, or in step, with the one registered by Tecara Ashe.
For those who saw her play, it was very much a real thing.