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KOAA News5 Athlete Of The Week: Ashten Prechtel, Discovery Canyon Basketball

Posted: 11:05 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-30 09:44:47-05

Height runs in the Prechtel family.

“My dad is 6’5″ mom is 6’1″ and I have two brothers that are tall for their ages, so….”

Standing at 6’5″, Ashten Prechtel is the tallest on the Discovery Canyon girls basketball roster and among the tallest girl basketball players in the state. She said she thinks she hit six-feet tall when she was in the seventh grade and she’s been on the basketball court even before that.

Ashten averages a double-double for the Thunder (6-6) right now and the offense runs through her.

“It makes it easier because of her ability, number one, and it helps us because it makes us one of the tallest teams in the state – right off the bat,” said head coach Heath Kirkham. “We have to do a lot of different things on offense because they try and double and triple team her – working back to the basket doesn’t always work.”

So she’s expanded her game and have been working on perimeter play for the last four years. She’s a 29 percent three-point shooter and according to Kirkham an excellent passer.

“When I was younger, I used to hate when coaches would just make me play the post,” she said. So for a long time, I would go away from that. I’d go work on my shooting – and I like shooting 3’s – and stuff like that but I think I’ve got a lot better at playing at the basket and I’ll improve that in the next four years or so.”

Ashten is headed to Stanford University next season on a basketball scholarship.