Michelle Briley's statistics from the latest basketball season may be enough to fill a stack of Oklahoma record books, but her off-court enthusiasm is what makes a difference in the lives of those around her.

Michelle, a member of the Gore Ward in the Muskogee Oklahoma Stake, led the Webber Falls High School girls basketball team to the Oklahoma Class A state title this year.The 5-foot-9-inch senior finished as the tournament's top scorer with 110 points and finished the year with an average of 33 points per game, placing second in scoring in the statewide rankings for Class A schools. She placed first in free throws, shooting 85 percent, and was third in three point field goals. Michelle has a career total of 2,337 points and has been named one of the top 10 players in Oklahoma.

More important than the overwhelming statistics, however, are the contributions she makes to the teams on which she plays and to her other endeavors off the court.

Her high school coach, Jerry Ward, describes her as "one of the most complete players I have ever coached. While she possesses great physical ability, her work ethics and desire to improve are two of her qualities that I especially admire.

"She is an excellent role model for younger students in both her personal life and her academic studies."

A member of the Oklahoma Flyers Amateur Athletic Union girls basketball team for the past two years, Michelle helped lead the team to the Oklahoma State AAU Championship both years.

Living up to the Young Women motto to "Stand for Truth and Righteousness," has given Michelle additional strength in overcoming peer pressure.

Michelle is known to speak up and say what is right no matter who she's with or where she is. Yet she is always the first one to praise or compliment another youth for something well done.

One of six children in the Duwayne and Kathie Briley family, Michelle has learned to give and take and work in the family's busy schedule. All of the children are involved in sports and music. The children also raise cattle to help with mission funds.

The Brileys have been the only members of the Church in the Webbers Falls school system and Michelle has plenty of opportunities to illustrate gospel principles to others.

"Her strong and fearless testimony is what one sees the most in Michelle's life, even over all her other accomplishments," said her bishop, Duane Hunt. "Peer pressure seems to have no affect on Michelle, or if it does it seems to make her stronger."

Michelle is a great influence on her non-member friends, her mother related.

"I think it's important to set an example for other people and help them," Michelle said. "I like knowing I have something I can share with them."

Two of Michelle's closest friends have taken the missionary discussions in the Briley home as a direct result of her example and encouragement.

Michelle gives strength and leadership to the other youth in the ward while serving as early morning seminary president, Laurel class president and Sunday School pianist.

Despite her overwhelming accomplishments on the basketball court, she remains a team player. She doesn't try to dominate the court or take the limelight. She always gives credit to her teammates, saying it took all of them to win the game.

Michelle maintains a 3.5 grade point average and has accepted a basketball scholarship to Oklahoma State University.