Kelley shines for Troy

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2015

There are many bright players on the Troy Lady Trojans roster, but the one that may shine brightest is senior guard Ashley Beverly Kelley.

Beverly Kelley has been part of the Trojans for the last four years and, like the program itself, her game continues to improve with each passing game.

As a freshman, Beverly Kelley played in all 31 games and started 26 of them while averaging 12 points per game. As a sophomore she averaged 13 points per game. She scored 20 or more points in seven games and broke the 30-point barrier twice.

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As a junior, Beverly Kelley’s game reached an all time high as she increased her scoring average to 17 points per game and was named first team All-Sun Belt and third team Mid-Major All American.

In her first two games of this season, she is averaging 28 points per game.

“It starts with consistency,” Beverly Kelley said. “I am able to make my open shots and am getting my teammates involved. I am in a different role this year. I can’t have a bad game; I have to stay consistent.”

In years past Beverly Kelly was the principal scorer on the floor. This year, she is more of a facilitator.

“In other years that I have played here I would score 20 points one game and then I would score 12 points,” Beverly Kelley said. “If I can just keep going consistently and help everybody else to play up to my level, I feel like we will win more games this year.”

What makes Beverley Kelley so dangerous is that she has the capacity to beat opponents at multiple locations on the court, whether a big time shot from outside the arc or a behind the back layup at the rim.

“I like to do what the defense gives me,” Beverly Kelley said. “I am just going to take whatever they give me.”

This year, Trojan head coach Chandra Rigby has implemented a new game plan, substituting four and even sometimes five players at a time every two to three minutes. The plan forces the players to play at an all-out pace, knowing their turn will be up in a matter of minutes.

“It’s something that I am going to have to get used to,” Beverly Kelley said. “Sometimes when I hit a big shot and she takes me out, it’s like ‘dang, I was just getting into a rhythm.’ Like she always says, ‘go hard for the minutes that I give you and then come back and give the same energy.’”

Beverly Kelley and the Trojans rode into this season with a wealth of confidence after the 2014-15 season. She believes her team has the opportunity to take the next step this year.

“Like Coach Rigby said on day one, We want to go 29-0,” Beverly Kelley said. “We want to be successful during post season play. If we keep that standard, we should be really good.”

And personally, Beverly Kelley has her own goals.

“When I leave here I want to leave a legacy. I want the other girls to look up to me so after I leave they can carry the legacy.”