Chino Hills senior point guard Leah Hudson has a 4.6 GPA (Courtesy Photo)

Chino Hills senior point guard Leah Hudson is a four-year varsity letterman basketball player who has taken several Advanced Placement classes. She has a weighted GPA of 4.6 while averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season. Hudson will be attending Georgia Southern University in the fall.

The Honor Roll student was also captain of the Huskies girls’ basketball team for three years. Becoming a leader was an easy transition for Hudson.

“I let my actions speak for itself, I let my game speak instead of just telling people what to do,” she said. “I gained respect through that which made it easier to be a leader.”

Hudson helped the Huskies to an 18-8 overall record and an 8-2 Baseline league record. They came in second to Etiwanda in Baseline league standings. Hudson scored a season-high of 19 points during two different games.

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In a January game against St. Lucy’s, Hudson scored a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. She noticed how her offensive game had improved from previous seasons.

“I always had trust in my defensive game, but the confidence in my offensive game hadn’t really clicked,” Hudson said. “But this year, I had a lot more games where I didn’t think, I just did it and I trusted what I did in practice and then transitioned it to the game successfully.”

While her senior year had its share of highs, it also came with lows. Hudson fractured her foot and had to regain confidence in her abilities.

“Physically, I was able to just jump back on the court but mentally, you don’t trust it,” she said. “That’s always the biggest challenge for me is mentally coming back from an injury and having to trust my body.”

To Hudson, being a student athlete means it is a “higher challenge,” to have a strong commitment to their studies and duties on the court.