It’s good to have aspirations, goals and a plan. It’s also good to be flexible.
Allison Smith’s college basketball career certainly hasn’t played out the way she envisioned it. But that’s not to say that she isn’t in a place where she was meant to be.
Smith, a graduate of Cedar Crest High School a few years back, is currently a member of St. Francis (PA)’s Division One women’s basketball team. And she seems to be flourishing after taking the round-about way to get there.
A 5-10 junior guard, Smith is a starter on a Red Flash team that is 13-9 overall and leads the Northeast Conference with an 8-2 mark. Smith averages about 27 minutes of playing time per outing, five points a game and approximately 4.2 caroms.
After matriculating from Cedar Crest, Smith took her talents to Niagra University. But things didn’t work out in upper New York state and she transferred to St. Francis before the 2008-09 season.
By NCAA regulations, Smith was forced to sit out that campaign. But she came back strong last season and helped the Red Flash advance to the NEC championships game.
Interestingly enough, Hailey Carangelo, a 2010 graduate of Lebanon Catholic, is a teammate of Smith’s at St. Francis. Carangelo, a 5-9 freshman guard, has seen limited playing time this season.