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2014 Johnson County female Athlete of the Year Brittany Gray of Greenwood. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
2014 Johnson County female Athlete of the Year Brittany Gray of Greenwood. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Be it on the softball field or basketball court, Brittany Gray had a gift for delivering whatever was needed at any given time.

Take softball, for example.

One of the state’s top high school players throughout her four-year varsity career, the Greenwood senior could deliver an offensive or defensive punch with equal aplomb.

As a slugger, she belted 34 career home runs, including five her senior year, and hit .300-plus all four seasons.

As a pitcher, she had a career record of 53-10, including 11-1 this season, and helped the Woodmen post a combined 86-18 record the past four years.

And that was just softball.

On the basketball court, she was the second-leading scorer and top rebounder for the Woodmen, who won back-to-back Johnson County championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

She was also the basketball team’s Mental Attitude Award winner.

In recognition of her accomplishments, Gray has been selected the 2013-14 Johnson County Female Athlete of the Year, as chosen by the Daily Journal sports staff.

Gray accepted the award during Tuesday’s Johnson County Athlete of the Year Banquet at Franklin College. This year’s guest speaker was Carol Tumey, a retired longtime coach and athletics administrator at Center Grove High School who was a pioneer in girls sports in Indiana.

A beneficiary of that trailblazing, Gray stood out in both of her varsity sports and is the third Greenwood female to win the award in its 16-year history.

“Definitely the memories are the best part (of high school sports), just the little things,” said Gray, a two-time first-team All-State selection in softball and 2014 nominee for Gatorade Player of they Year. “Inside jokes and the friends that I’ve made.

“Winning (the Mid-State) conference my freshman year (in softball), that was the first time we knew we could do something special.”

Although Gray was an instrumental part of Greenwood’s resurgent girls basketball team, she made her biggest impact on the diamond.

During most of her career, the Woodmen emerged as mainstays in the Class 4A top 10 state poll and were a staggering 43-5 against Mid-State Conference opponents.

Greenwood concluded the regular-season ranked sixth in the final poll. It bowed out of the postseason following a heartbreaking 4-2 first-round sectional loss against No. 8 Franklin Central in a 14-inning marathon.

The defeat not only ended the Woodmen’s season, but also marked the end of Gray’s remarkable career — a career that saw her commit to the University of Georgia after her sophomore season, not long after blasting 14 home runs to tie the IHSAA record for a single season.

A two-time Daily Journal Johnson County Player of the Year, Gray closed her senior season batting .397 with four doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs. On the mound, she notched a 0.44 ERA in 79-2/3 innings, striking out 114 and issuing only 11 walks.

Moreover, she gave up only seven extra-base hits and no home runs.

Gray plans to major in education at Georgia, with a career goal of becoming teacher and coach. Her parents are Tim and Ronda Gray.

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