‘We couldn’t do it without her’

Published 10:01 am Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shauneice Beasley has established the reputation of being an unselfish hard worker, and impressive accomplishments have accompanied her.

She has become a household name in the Heart of Virginia after helping multiple Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) softball teams win state championships and advance to the Dixie Softball World Series, and she presently plays a vital role on the Prince Edward County High School varsity girls basketball team.

“She does the dirty work,” Lady Eagles Head Coach Carlton Redd said.

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The Lady Eagles were 9-2 entering Wednesday’s road game against Buckingham County High School, and they feature a historic standout in the form of junior point guard Da’Mya Harris, but Redd said that Beasley is “as important to our team as Da’Mya is, because to build a good team, you’ve got to have more than one (key contributor) …”

A senior and four-year letterman in the sport, Beasley starts on the team, playing in the frontcourt, grabbing rebounds and providing strong defense.

“We couldn’t do it without her,” Redd said. “… I can run my high-post offense through her because she has fantastic hands for a big, and she’s unselfish to the max … She’s one of those kids that I really depend on to be a level head in a game and always hustle. … It’s infectious. She’s one of those that the team follows, even though she’s not my high scorer.”

Beasley said, “I am a sociable person. I do like to try to get the team hyped up before every game. I keep them hype after the game, so yeah. I try to be a good example to them, mainly the underclassmen that’s coming up.”

Asked to provide three words to describe herself, she said hardworking, dedicated and selfless.

When she’s not doing school work or playing either softball, basketball or volleyball, she is working in Farmville.

“I work at the nursing home and also at Cook Out,” she said.

Redd noted that work, practice, games and school is “a lot to ask of a kid, and she does it wholeheartedly every time.”

She plans to go to college for a nursing degree, possibly at Norfolk State University.