Reshanda Gray was raised near 81st and Hoover streets, which is among the most violent neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
When she was 12, she saw a man stabbed. When she was 13, a man was shot in broad daylight just outside her family's home.
A junior at Washington Prep, Gray says members of her family are in gangs and she was headed down the same path until her life took a turn a few years ago. That's when she met Tyrone Dinneen, the coordinator of an after-school program.
Dinneen introduced Gray to basketball, and suddenly gangbanging didn't have quite the same allure.
"If it weren't for basketball, I'd probably be dead or in jail," Gray says.
Instead, she is well on her way to earning a basketball scholarship.
Gray, who is 6 feet 3, averages 20 points and 15 rebounds for a Washington Prep team that is 19-10 overall and leads the Marine League with a record of 10-1 going into its final game of the regular season Friday evening at Banning. She also has a 3.4 grade-point average -- and a growing stack of letters from colleges across the country.