Weston’s Ashley Butler was and is the real McCoy

Only once in the modern era of girls basketball has Weston High School posted back to back 30+ wins seasons. That was in 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Those two years also mark the only time that WHS has ever made it to the state semi-finals and quarterfinals in back to back years.

Was it because of the coach? Well, actually there were two involved, the first being, Stacey Tucker and the second being, Ryan Bond. Granted, both are great in their own right but if you ask either, they will both tell you that it was the 2022 Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Ashley Butler McCoy, that was the main reason for the unprecedented heights reached.

Not since the 1960’s when girls basketball was played with six players, three on each side of the court, has Weston enjoyed the kind of success that the years from 2007 – 2011 brought. Over the four year period WHS won 114 games. Three times they reached at least the Class B state quarterfinals. And yes, borrowing from a old mystery movie line – it was Butler who did it.

Her impact on the team was felt from the first minute she stepped on the court as a freshman where she ended the year as the second leading scorer and leading the team with seven rebounds per game. The next three years she led the team in both scoring and rebounding, improving her statistics every season, climaxed by averaging 19.2 points per game and 9 rebounds per game her senior year. 

In each of her last three years she was named first team All-District and earned MVP honors her junior and senior year. Butler also was named second team All-State her final three years as well becoming the only one in Weston history to acheive such status. 

Butler also holds the distinction of being the only girls player in school history to be a member of the 2500 point / 1000 rebound club. In four years of action Butler scored 2558 points and pulled down 1057 while also adding 366 steals and 260 assists. She also finished with a 92% free throw average, which according to records available is not only the best ever at WHS but in Jackson Parish as well. 

“I don’t know if I have ever coached a player who worked as hard as she did to make herself and her team better,” reflected her former coach Ryan Bond, currently the boys head basketball coach at Ruston High after more than a decade of leading the girls and boys teams at Weston. “Her best attribute was that she was never satisfied. Players like her don’t come around very often. She was a joy to coach.”

Butler not only excelled on the basketball court but on the track as well where she was the state runner up in the triple jump and helped the Lady Wolves to top finishes in the relay races. In the classroom she was also outstanding, compiling a 3.8 cumulative grade point average 

When asked who most helped her acheive such greatness in high school that allowed her to continue her basketball career at East Texas Baptist University, Butler said there were many who helped her along the way but pointed to a few who were really stood out to her. 

“My parents (Dinnon and Dana Butler) inspired me with their work ethic and taught me the importance of a positive mindset. Then there was my coaches (Tucker / Bond)  who pushed me daily to be the best I could be as a player, student and person. Kim Mulkey was also an inspiration to me with her being from Louisiana and playing at the highest level. Her tenacity and competiveness was something I tried to achieve.” 

Ashley contributes her desire to succeed from trying to emulate others. There is no question that she acheived her goal. Butler did it. It is only apropo that after her playing career was over that she married her husband John. Even though she WAS, officially now she IS the real McCoy. 

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