Following yesterday’s Class 2 A State Title win, and as the Eastern High School Lady Musketeers gathered to celebrate on the court, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee were preparing to heap another award on a member of the team.
Taylor Drury was named as the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award for Class 2 A Girls Basketball. She is the first student-athlete to receive an IHSAA mental attitude award in any sport.
Her parents, Wes and Holly Drury, of Borden, came onto the court to hug and cry with their daughter.
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each class who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Academically, Drury ranks 17th in her senior class, has served on the student council for three years (including serving as President), spent two years with the National Honor Society (serving as Treasurer) and is a four-year member of the high school pep club.
Drury has been named an All Mid-Southern Conference player over the past two years and was Player of the Year in 2016.
She has also played golf for three years and two years of softball for the Musketeers.
Drury will attend the University of Indianapolis while playing basketball for the Greyhounds.
The Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1000 scholarship to Eastern High School in the name of Taylor Drury.
Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.
The award is named in honor of the former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.