Ally Lehman never met a sport she didn’t like.
And in high school, she tried a lot.
Golf, cross-country, volleyball, tennis and basketball, Lehman played each at one time or another at Indian Creek High School.
In the process, she collected 12 varsity letters and, more importantly, left an indelible mark on the school’s athletics program.
Especially in basketball.
A four-year starter, Lehman was a two-time Daily Journal Player of the Year who capped her career by being selected to the 2013 Indiana Girls All-Star Team.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Lehman has been selected the 2012-13 Johnson County Female Athlete of the Year, as chosen by the Daily Journal sports staff.
Lehman accepted the award during Tuesday’s Johnson County Athlete of the Year Banquet at Franklin College.
She is the first Indian Creek female to win the award in its 15-year history.
“It’s gone by extremely fast, like the blink of an eye,” Lehman said of her high school career. “With all of the great athletes that were in here today (at the banquet), this is a huge honor.”
A four-year standout in basketball and tennis, Lehman played golf for two seasons and competed one season each in cross-country and volleyball. She earned two letters in golf and lettered in cross-country and volleyball, as well.
But basketball was, and is, her No. 1 sport.
Selected four times to the
Daily Journal’s first-team All-County Team, she was chosen Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons. A 5-foot-11 guard, she led the Braves to two Class 3A sectional championships and to two appearances in the regional final.
Indian Creek advanced to the sectional championship game three consecutive years between her sophomore and senior years and was selected to the Indiana Junior All-Stars.
A multi-skilled player, Lehman put up astonishing numbers her senior year. She averaged 24.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 5.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game for the 20-6 Braves.
For her career, she scored 1,928 points, which is 32nd on the all-time IHSAA list, and pulled down more than 1,000 rebounds.
Lehman, who begins working with the Indiana All-Stars on Saturday at Marian University, will continue her basketball career on scholarship at Northern Illinois University. She plans to study communications.
Her career goal is to become a sports broadcaster or coach.
“When I was growing up, I wanted to play every sport I could by the time I graduated high school,” said Lehman, who participates in commencement ceremonies Friday. “I’ve been telling people (graduating) is going to be bittersweet, because where it all started, it’s now over.”