Male star Ciaja Harbison on Thursday was named the winner of this year’s Donna L.J. Murphy Award.
The award, presented annually to a female senior basketball player who exemplifies the meaning of being a great student athlete, will be presented to Harbison during the Kentucky Lion’s Eye Foundation’s Mr. and Miss Basketball ceremony in Lexington on March 13.
“There were some outstanding nominees and this was not an easy decision,” said Donna Murphy, the former Newport star for whom the honor is named.
Harbison, a St. Louis signee, has played on Male’s varsity team for five seasons and helped guide the Bulldogs to the Sweet Sixteen semifinals in 2015. She’s a 1,000-point scorer, is averaging 14.6 points for Male (17-8) this season, and also is on the school’s honor roll.
“Preparation is important for future success; it’s the tool that helps an athlete stay focused on and off the court,” Harbison said in a news release. “I plan to pursue a career in nuclear science technology, therefore it is imperative that I be prepared both mentally and physically for the medical field.”