Jenessa Hasty Wins IHSAA Patricia Roy Mental Attitude Award

Posted on February 26, 2019 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

Rick, Jenessa, and Jackie Hasty

Senior Jenessa Hasty with parents Rick and Jackie Hasty.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jenessa Hasty’s frustrating girls’ basketball season had two huge payoffs Saturday afternoon.

Having already helped Oak Hill win the Class 2A state championship, Hasty was further rewarded during the postgame festivities when she was named the recipient of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award. The IHSAA Executive Committee bestows the honor on one individual senior participant in the game who best exemplifies athletics, academics and citizenship.

“It means a lot to me,” Hasty said. “And it was nice especially to have my teammates behind me and cheering me on before they announced it. We all worked super hard in the offseason for basketball and the other sports we’re involved in and I’m happy to share it with them.”

Hasty was a four-year player for coach Todd Law’s team and last year was the No. 2 scorer at more than 12 points a game. A three-sport athlete, Hasty went down during cross country season with a leg injury that required extensive healing time and the recovery forced her to miss the first four games of the basketball season.

After returning, Hasty never regained her shooting touch and her scoring averaged dropped to 6.1 points a game this season. Yet, she still found ways to contribute with her elite passing skills and defense, which Law said was among the best of any Eagles player he coached.

“She’s talented, no doubt, but she’s worked extremely hard in all three of her sports,” Law said. “When it comes to dedication and making herself the best player that she can be in softball or basketball or cross country, I hope other high school athletes learn from Jenessa.

“There’s so many high school kids that are starting to specialize and Jenessa is one will tell you she’s very pleased that she did three sports and had a chance to get all of those experiences,” Law added.

Outside of sports, Hasty ranks 11th in her senior class with a 4.01 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. She serves as Student Council president, student body president and involved in the O-Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Spanish Club.

“I’m involved in a lot of advanced classes, and this year I’m taking classes on Friday mornings at Indiana Wesleyan University,” said Hasty, who will attend Huntington University in the fall and play basketball and softball while majoring in nursing. “I like to work hard.”

Rick Hasty, Jenessa’s father, said his daughter has been a leader in athletics and the classroom along with the other players on the Eagles.

“I’m just very thankful for that opportunity for her,” Rick Hasty said. “Thankful for those who thought of her for that leadership role. She is a great leader. It’s nice to be recognized for that.

“This whole group of girls comes from great families and that’s what it’s all about,” Rick Hasty added. “We’ve got a great community and great support. That’s what brings more meaning to it.”

The Roy award is named in honor of the former IHSAA assistant commissioner who oversaw the girls’ state basketball tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.

The Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA girls’ basketball state tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Oak Hill High School in the name of Jenessa Hasty.

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