Often times, how strong someone is physically is determined by how strong they are mentally and spiritually.

Often times, how strong someone is physically is determined by how strong they are mentally and spiritually.

When it comes to the journey of Plainview Lady Indians basketball standout Anna Simmons, if it wasn’t for her faith, she wouldn’t have survived the physical aspects of varsity basketball, nor would she have made her way back following shoulder surgery. 

Because of her strong foundation in life, Simmons didn’t just have a stellar senior season under first year head coach Chad Walker at Plainview, she’s leaving as an All-State selection.

Simmons was one of three players from the area selected, as she will play for the Middle West Team at the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State game in June at Norman North. 

“I didn’t believe it at all at first,” Simmons said. “My coach (Chad Walker) had to call me three different times before I finally realized it was true. I didn’t think I would be able to play until halfway through the season because of my shoulder surgery, which I had in September. All of my hard work has paid off with this award. Being named All-State has been a true dream come true for me.” 

This season, Simmons averaged 14 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds, three steals and three assists per game while also shooting 85 percent from the free throw line. She was also named as a Class 4A Large West All-Star by Class selection. 

Plainview finished the season with an overall record of 21-7, and won the district championship along with the regional consolation championship while making the area tournament in Midwest City. 

“Having Coach Walker was a blast this year,” Simmons said. “There were times where it was very hard, but we got better because of it. He’d also make it fun and really help us through the difficult times we went through during the season. He pushed me passed my comfort zone which turned out to be a good thing for me.” 

Simmons did admit that her comeback was nearly derailed during her rehab stint, as she had to not only battle physically but mentally as well.

“I don’t really like doing rehab, and I obviously think I’m smarter than the doctor, which I’m not,” she said. “There were times where I would just feel so alone, and it was so hard. I’d keep telling myself that I was going to make it back for the first game of the season, and there were times I didn’t think it would happen. But I just kept pushing and hoping.”

“If I wouldn’t have had Christ during this time, I wouldn’t have made it through,” Simmons said. “My faith definitely got stronger during this process. All 100 percent of me had to rely on the Lord and realize his plan was better than anything I could have had in mind. It was difficult, but I became stronger because I relied on my faith to carry me forward.”

While Simmons thought her basketball career was coming to an end this summer, a recent turn of events changed everything in ways she never thought possible.

Because of this sudden change, Simmons will instead be starting a new chapter in her basketball journey as she will suit up for the East Central University Lady Tigers basketball team in Ada this fall.

“Ever since I decided I’m going to go play at East Central, I’ve been full of excitement,” Simmons said. “I believe I wouldn’t have the ability to play basketball if it wasn’t for Christ. I believe this sport is my mission field and I’m excited to go out and play for him, while at the same time making new connections with people along the way.”