Plainview’s Amiya Howard: Athlete Spotlight Presented By Carter County Dodge Chrysler Jeep

By Derrick Smith

Success in athletics is a result of the time and effort that the athlete puts in during practice and other down time. Amiya Howard says that her success is a result of her playing just basketball and nothing else.

“In order for my success in basketball, I have played year-round since sixth grade,” she said. “I play with Plainview during the school year and with several AAU tournament teams during the summer. I dedicated myself to one sport and put all my time and effort into it. I think to be successful in anything you have to make it a priority and be determined to have one-hundred percent hard-work and effort.”

Howard is a senior at Plainview High School. She plays point guard for the Lady Indians. She fell in love with the game at the age of eleven and it has been a part of her life since.

Throughout her life, there has been one person that Amiya has leaned on as a rock in her life. It is her mother, Rebecca Kirkpatrick.

“She is always there to encourage and support me,” she said. “She knows what I am capable of and pushes me to be the best player and competitor I can be. She influenced me by being my personal coach, improving my mental and physical game, and being a role model for me.”

Amiya has also earned her share of awards while playing basketball. She is one of the captains of the Plainview basketball team and was named Lake Country Conference first team all conference two years in a row. She was named Most Outstanding Player at the Longhorn Invitational and she also made the All-Tournament team at the Little Axe Tournament.

She says that her favorite moment during her athletic career came during a basketball tournament where her team played some tough teams.

“A highlight moment of my career was receiving the Most Outstanding Player award at the Longhorn Invitational,” she said. “We won the championship game against strong competition.”