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Ashley Dunbar has shown she can rack up impressive personal numbers in athletic competition.


In her senior season, Dunbar is leading Dallas in another way, guiding an extremely balanced attack as the point guard for a basketball team that has established itself as a serious contender for a pair of titles.


She's distributing the ball more, which is fine by me because she passes well and has good vision on the court, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said of Dunbar.


Dunbar and fellow returning first-team, all-star Tanner Englehart have been trading the scoring lead on a team that has five players averaging between seven and 10 points per game.


That list includes Talia Szatkowski, who piled up 26 points and 14 steals Monday night in a 57-55 victory over Wyoming Valley West, as well as Jessica Hiscox and Samantha Missal.


This year, my state of mind is everyone can do everything, Dunbar said. Everyone in our starting lineup can score. It's harder for teams to defend us.


It is Dunbar's responsibility to make sure the ball winds up in the hands of the player with the best chance of producing points.


It's whatever the game situation presents, Johnson said. Some games, she has more opportunity to score. I've never felt like she was a selfish player. She's a team player. She reads opposing teams and makes the best of whatever that situation is.


The Dallas offense has been running well under Dunbar's control. The Lady Mountaineers moved up to Division 1 of the Wyoming Valley Conference this season and made it through the first half of that schedule tied with Crestwood for the best record at 6-1.


That performance also left Dallas tied for third among 18 teams battling for seeding position in the District 2 Class AAA playoffs.


Running a balanced offense shows Dunbar's willingness to adjust her style of play on the court and as an athlete in general. She averaged 13.1 points per game a year ago when she was the WVC Division 2 Player of the Year.


In the fall, after leaving behind an all-state career in field hockey when the WVC moved soccer away from a spring schedule for the first time, Dunbar again earned Pennsylvania State Soccer Coaches Association All-State honors. She had started since her freshman season in both sports.


It was a really tough decision because I do love both sports and I loved both teams, said Dunbar, who is close to the conclusion of her athletic days before going to study pharmacy at Temple University.


Dunbar scored 52 goals and assisted on 12 others this fall. She ended her career as the all-time scoring leader in the highly successful Dallas girls soccer program with 114 goals.


Johnson has seen what makes Dunbar such an explosive player on the soccer field.


She has tremendous drive and determination, Johnson said. She has a no-quit attitude. You can always count on her to go after it. She's in attack-mode most of the time and that's how she plays on the basketball court.


That drive has made Dunbar one of the conference's top basketball players despite all the time she has put into being one of the state's top soccer players.


She's a busy kid, Johnson said. We like to take advantage of any opportunity to get in the gym that we can. She's with us in the summer some and she did go to a team camp in the summer. Once the soccer season starts, obviously she is very busy.


And, now that basketball season has arrived, Dunbar has transitioned from being the conference's most dominant individual threat to leading the way for one of its most effective balanced attacks.


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