A team wants an intelligent player as its point guard in girls' basketball.
Ava Soleimany definitely fills that bill for Sage Hill School.
Off the court, she has a 5.0 weighted grade-point average this year. She said she's taking Advanced Placement classes in physics and U.S. History, multivariable calculus, plus accelerated (honors) classes in English, biology and Latin.
It's not exactly rocket science to Coach Lou Silverman why Soleimany is so valuable on the court, though. The junior point guard shows the same kind of mental fortitude during games.
"She does not make mental mistakes, and that's a remarkable part of her game," Silverman said. "She figures out a way to maintain focus on the task. A bad shot, or a bad call, or a bad bounce doesn't get her down. That focus, that intensity is a constant, and it lifts everybody else up."
At 14.9 points per game, Soleimany is the leading scorer for the Lightning, who play host to rival St. Margaret's Friday night. She is not afraid of the pressure situations.