Smithville High basketball player Olivia Besancon is student athlete of the week

SMITHVILLE, Ohio - Senior Olivia Besancon of Smithville High School has been blazing the nets on the basketball court for the pass three years.  She helped her team get to the final four in Columbus in 2012 and 2014.  Her hot hand has made her the leading scorer for the Smithies and District IV player of the year, first team all Northeast Ohio and second team All Ohio.

"She's a great kid, but as far as becoming a basketball player it's just hours and hours of shooting the basketball to become great.  The more time you put in, you will reap the benefits and she has," said girls head basketball coach Mike Miller.

"I would probably stress the hard work, I put a lot of hours in the gym," said Olivia.

Putting the hard work in the gym is not the only place she's been working hard.  She works 15 hours a week on the family farm, a member of 4-H and taking post-secondary classes at Wayne College.  Her hard work has earned her a chance to play basketball for Muskingum University and major in business management and sport management.