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Girls Basketball: Johnson closes prep journey with Lamber
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Forsyth County News

Though it might be hard to look past the 21.3 points and 10.7 rebounds she averaged per game last season, Christina Johnson is much more than a basketball player.

Johnson, the 2012 Forsyth County News All-County girls player of the year, has led a life more along the lines of the Johnny Cash song, "I’ve Been Everywhere."

Johnson was born on a military base in Illinois. Shortly after, her family started moving due to her father’s career as an officer in the Air Force.

She’s lived in Missouri, Washington, South Carolina, Colorado, San Diego and Temecula, Calif., and now Georgia for the past two years. In a few months she will move again, this time to Cleveland, Tenn., to play basketball for (NAIA) Lee University.

"Moving to Georgia was the hardest of all the moves," Johnson said. "It was just different.

"I had been in California for seven years, so I didn’t really want to leave. My friends were all there. It was hard on all of us."

In second grade, Johnson began to realize she was better than most girls she played against.

Six years later, her eighth grade traveling basketball team was invited to play in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After the game, Johnson and her teammates got to meet WNBA stars Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker.

"Basketball has been a blessing for me," Johnson said. "I’ve been able to meet lots of new people. I like the team aspect [of basketball] and playing together.

"But when there’s five seconds left on the clock, I want to be the one taking the last shot. I have confidence in my shot. My coaches are always telling me to rebound more and shoot more, so that’s what I try to remember."

Third-year Lambert head coach Seth Thompson said she is the best player he has ever coached.

"She is the epitome of what a great kid is," Thompson said.

"She has an incredible work ethic and gives effort that is second to none. There were some games where she played every single minute and didn’t ask to come out.

"She’s a fierce competitor and a leader on the team, but the crazy thing about Christina is that she’s a quiet person. She isn’t much of a vocal leader, but her performance takes care of everything else."

Johnson is also a philanthropist.

She has traveled to Ongole, India and Ensenada, Mexico to volunteer at Bible-based orphanages.

While many of her friends relax during spring break and summer, she does mission work during those times, she said.

"I like basketball a lot," Johnson said. "But I really want to be a doctor. I like to help people. I like knowing that I can make a difference somewhere."