Natahnee Spencer will take hoops to college level at LCSC

Natahnee Spencer will take hoops to college level at LCSC
LAPWAI, ID - Natahnee Spencer is this week's P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.

Spencer is not only on track to graduate with excellent grades, but she's set for college as well.

Right now she's a Wildcat but come Fall of 2013, she'll be a Warrior as she makes her way through her senior year and into college on the court.

"I always tell the girls to play like it's the last time they'll ever play and just try to give them encouraging words that will help them do the best that they can," said Natahnee.

A natural born leader, introduced to hoops by her dad nearly 16 years ago, Lapwai senior guard Natahnee Spencer is no stranger to the court.

"Since I was about two years old, that's when my dad first started coaching, and so I've kind of been in the gym since then," said Natahnee.

Working hard with her nearly every day growing up, her father Shawn Spencer, who is also the Lapwai girls head basketball coach, has been a major influence. And though it can be tough at times for him to coach his daughter and for her to play for her father, both agree it's a rewarding experience.

"There's a lot more expectations of her both on and off the court, so ya know she has a little bit of outside pressure," said Shawn.

"It's kinda hard because he kinda expects more," said Natahnee.

Regardless of the elevated expectations, they have a good relationship.

"She is kind of like my extension out on the floor," said Shawn. "There's times when I go to her or she'll come and say, "ya know this isn't working."

In addition to having a good relationship with the coach she also thrives off of her teammates.

"I like how it's just a team sport and you get really close with your teammates and you all just have the love for the game," said Natahnee.

It's that love for the game that Natahnee will be taking to the next level at Lewis-Clark State College in 2013.

"I'm really excited because it's always what I've kind of dreamed of and worked for my entire life," said Natahnee. "I always knew I wanted to play basketball."

But Natahnee doesn't just excel on the court, she excels in the classroom as well.

"I have a 4.0 right now," said Natahnee.

A leader on the court and top notch report card makes Lapwai's Natahnee Spencer this week's P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.