Tonawanda News — Every high school athlete dreams of his or her moment in the spotlight. To earn the respect of peers.
But there are some things far more important than attention. Like selflessly doing whatever is asked of you to help your team reach even greater heights.
Cardinal O’Hara senior Aisha Shabazz is that kind of girl.
In her fourth season with the Lady Hawks, Shabazz has been the unsung hero who has helped the Hawks reach the No. 1 spot in Western New York and the Monsignor Martin Association championship game tonight against Nardin at 6:30 p.m.
But, unless you’re a die hard Hawks follower, odds are you have no idea just how important Shabazz has been.
The younger sister of former Hawk standouts Jasmine and Aaron Shabazz, who were both potent offensive weapons, Aisha has carved her legend in O’Hara basketball in a much different way.
Shabazz has made her mark as her team’s primary defender. Whether it’s diving on the floor for a loose ball, grabbing a key rebound, getting a timely steal, or making a huge defensive stop — Aisha Shabazz can be counted on to do her job. And it’s a job she takes great pride in doing.
“Really, all it is, is I just try to be whatever my team needs me to be,” Shabazz stated. “If I know my team needs that rebound or that steal — I’ve got to be the one to go and get it. ... Just to make sure our team wins. That’s all that I’m for.”
To her credit Shabazz has the maturity and self confidence to see the whole picture. She knows what her job is. That’s one of the reasons she has flourished in this role Hawks coach Dan McDermott has put her in.