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Shenneika Smith's sport switch pays off

10/15/2007

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- There was a basketball court in front of Shenneika Smith's house in the Waterford district of Portmore, just east of Kingston on the Jamaican coast. It's just that Smith, accomplished enough to be ranked 10th in HoopGurlz's Super Sixty for 2009, never played basketball there.

"When the kids came to play basketball," Smith says, "I told them, 'Get out, get out. I want to play soccer.' "