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The Lady Spartan battles more than opponents

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The article below was written in November.  Since that time, Amber Brown’s fight with diabetes has become a fight for her life.  Please read the latest on this true Lady Spartan here.

by Lamar Neal

As the 2015-2016 season starts for Norfolk State Women’s Basketball, the past now becomes the future of the Lady Spartans team. Now having nine upperclassman, the Lady Spartans are led by  Kieera Basey, Koryn Lawrence, Amber Brown, Dominique Harper, Kiara Phillips, Ashante Doby, Brehanna Daniels, Siobhan Beslow and Ronesia Spicer. These nine players have played in multiple clutch games and have an itch for more.

But the 5’10 forward Amber Brown from Atlanta, Ga. / Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy isn’t just itching for basketball. Amber, in her sophomore season, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She was unable to compete in five games causing the team to be without one of its key players. Brown immediately made it clear that this was not going to be something that prevented her from playing. She changed her diet and began precautions to prevent any type of diabetic complications.

“It’s not something I wished for, but it is something I will get through. Being a diabetic has made me a stronger person and athlete because I know all that I work for can be gone in the blink on an eye,” Brown said.

Brown is currently the starting forward for the Lady Spartans and looks to dominate the MEAC conference this season. Brown will be following in her sister Ebony Brown’s footsteps, who was a small forward that finished her career as a senior last year.

Brown is labeled on the team as the true Lady Spartan.