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Get To Know Snake River's Alyssa Crumley
Published: 2/4/2017 12:22:18 AM

Alyssa Crumley looks to lead the Panthers to state.


Since her freshman season in 2013, you would be hard-pressed to find a basketball player that has impacted a program the way Alyssa Crumley does with the Snake River Panthers on a yearly basis. 

Crumley entered the 2016-17 season as one of the most talented players, not just in the 3A classification, but in the entire state. Coaches from around the southeastern regions of Idaho have had to switch up game plans, make defensive adjustments and run different set plays and offenses to try and slow the senior playmaker and the Snake River attack down. 

As a junior, Crumley averaged solid stats across the board, leading her team in nearly every category that then head coach Rich Dunn kept track of. 

But as a senior? Teams know, if they want any shot at beating the Lady Panthers, they have to find #5 and lock her down for all 32 minutes. And even then, good luck. 

This has been a historical season for Crumley, as she has averaged career highs in points (19.8), rebounds (8.7) and assists (4.6). Perhaps the most impressive part, doing this all while under the constant pressure of double, and sometimes even triple teams. 

While her offense has been impressive, the defensive abilities are a huge part of what has colleges flocking to see her play. She is the epitome of a player that does it all well. 

Early on this year against 3A opponent South Fremont, she tallied a career high 7 blocks to go along with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals. 

“It’s really all about my teammates," Crumley said. "They give me the ball, I give them the ball back, and we have just finally pieced things together and have figured out to play as a team, and that’s what it is. I just do what I do, and let whatever happens, happen.”

But for all of the many talents that Alyssa possesses, one thing has escaped her thus far, and that is the only thing that matters to her, a state championship. For a player with all of the talent and ability in the world, all that matters is a blue trophy. 

As a freshman it was a two-and-out at the state tournament. The ensuing two years, thanks to two incredibly talented Marsh Valley teams that the Panthers faced during her sophomore and junior seasons, Crumley and the Panthers were left sitting at home after the conclusion of the district tournament. 

This time around she hopes it is a different ending.

“Winning a state championship has been my goal since I was in the eighth grade,” said Crumley after watching the Lady Panthers win against then powerhouse Filer. “Seeing those girls celebrate, after all of that hard work, it became everything I ever wanted.” 

When a team is special, you can kind of tell in the development as the year goes on. For Snake River, that development under first year Head Coach Jeff Steadman has been impressive.

“This year has been a lot different. It’s been fun because we all really get along well and we are getting better and better as the season goes along. As a senior, that’s all you can ask for is a team that works hard and wants to win as much as you do,” added Crumley. 

As for her future, she has been receiving a lot of attention from schools all over the western United States. Schools from Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Idaho have all shown significant interest in the senior All-State athlete. 

When asked about her dreams, and what she hopes to accomplish in the future, one big goal stands out.

“I hope to be able to play at Idaho State. That’s kind of been the goal ever since I was a little girl. To be a Bengal. That would just be a dream come true.” 

As for now, she has plans to start her college basketball career at Utah State University-Eastern, in Price, Utah, where she will look to improve her skills and play alongside several of her Salt Lake Metro club basketball teammates.

Prior to the exciting future that lays ahead, Crumley has lofty goals to finish out her senior season.

“I want to take this team to state. It’s not just about me. It’s not just about Kelsey (Higginson), or Jetta (Goff) or anyone else. It’s about us. This team deserves a trophy, and I want to do whatever I can to help get this team a trophy.” 

Snake River enters districts looking to reach the state tournament for the first time since the 2014 season.


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