Athlete of the Week: Oxbridge's Aaliyah Stanley

The Oxbridge Academy girls basketball team is just three wins away from the program's first state title.

Their toughness and resiliency is personified in their sophomore point guard.

The CBS12 Athlete of the Week won't stop working until she and her team, make it big.

In the waning moments of Tuesday's Regional Semifinal, the biggest rebound of the game was grabbed by the shortest player on the floor.

Oxbridge's leading scorer Aaliyah Stanley clinched the 58-54 win over rival Cardinal Newman, and booked the team's ticket to the regional finals.

"She just wants it more than anyone else does," says Oxbridge Head Coach Tracy Wolfe. "She has a desire to win, and a ton of heart."

"It's always a competition with her," says Oxbridge sophomore guard Alexa Zaph. "She doesn't take no for an answer."

Stanley only started playing basketball seriously four years ago.

"This is almost all new to me," claims Stanley. "I'm fresh!"

She started getting serious about basketball, when she realized just how much it could change her life.

"I'm trying to get my family out of where we live. Boynton, hard neighborhood, drive by shootings, gotta stay away from these type of things. It's hard to live there."

Stanley started training with a coach from her neighborhood, and once she started working out, she hasn't stopped.

"We would be in the gym for like five hours," says personal coach Garrick Black. "I would ask her if she wanted to go home, and she would say 'no'. She would stay in the gym 7 or 8 hours."

"I see so many people, they make it and do drugs," says Stanley. "They make it and they pass away. I want to make it and play in the WNBA. I'm here to put something back in my neighborhood. I'm here for my family."

Stanley and Oxbridge booked their ticket to States with a 57-37 victory over Tampa Catholic.

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