CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last season, Abby Watson finished as the Kanawha Valley's leading scorer, averaging 19.9 points and edging Nitro's Savannah Shamblin by one point.
In her junior season this year, Watson is trying to one up herself.
Watson is the leading scorer in the Mountain State Athletic Conference at 25.1 points per game, almost three points ahead of Spring Valley's Maddie Morris entering the weekend at 22.5.
"It is a huge accomplishment," said Watson, of possibly being the top scorer in the league. "It has been a huge goal of mine. I am playing pretty good right now."
While Watson has certainly been putting up the points, she has been doing the other things as well.
Against rival Winfield on Thursday night, the Redskin guard tied a career high in points with 35 (had set it earlier in the year against Ripley), and also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds.
Watson is the leading scorer on the team by almost 14 points, leads in assists, and is second for Hurricane in rebounds behind center Taneisha Sturdavent.
"Abby is an unbelievable talent," Hurricane coach Natasha Lowe said. "She does everything for us. She can shoot, drive and penetrate, assist, and rebound. She is a big-time player."
The fact that Watson is leading the conference in scoring doesn't surprise Lowe, but the second-year Redskin coach said Watson earns every single one of her points.
"Her 25 is the toughest for anyone to get," Lowe said. "She has to work harder than any other girl. Everybody tries to stop Abby. They think if they stop Abby, they stop Hurricane.
"Abby works hard for everything she gets. There are no freebies with her. She knows what the defense is going to try and do whatever to take her away."
Earlier in the season, Watson became the fourth player in Hurricane girls basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark after scoring 34 points in a win over Princeton.
In Hurricane's 16 games this season, Watson has scored in double figures in all but one. The only game she hadn't was in a 55-43 loss to Winfield on Jan. 8th when she scored just nine.
Besides the Generals game, Watson has scored at least 17 points in every other Redskin game this season. She has scored 20 points or more in six games and 30 or more in five games.
The way Watson responded in her season low game against Winfield by coming back the second time they played to avenge the loss by scoring 35 points and grabbing 16 rebounds impressed Lowe.