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Blazers sign Trueheart

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By Robert Howey

When Lancaster High School girls basketball star Miteka Trueheart made her recent recruiting visit to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, it was, in basketball terms, “a slam dunk.”“The school is nice and I felt like part of the family,” said Trueheart, who signed with the Conference USA Blazers on Wednesday at LHS. “There was a nice vibe there. We just seem to bond.“The basketball program is up and coming,” she said. “I like the team and coaches. The coaches are nice off the court, but tough on the court.”Trueheart, a five-year member of the LHS girls’ varsity, has been tough for the Lady Bruins.A two-time all-state pick and a three-time all-region selection, she was the 2007-08 Region III-AAAA Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American nominee.Trueheart, The Lancaster News girls’ basketball Player of the Year and the LHS MVP, averaged 12 points, five rebounds and six steals for the 14-7 Lady Bruins of coach Ronnie Robinson this season.She capped her prep basketball career, playing in the Carolinas All-Star Classic last month in the Charlotte Bobcats’ Time Warner Cable Arena, where the S.C. all-stars defeated the N.C., 81-66. Trueheart served as a captain for the S.C. team.Trueheart was also the girls basketball MVP in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson High School where she scored 30 points in two games. Her Comporium Classic honor marked the third straight year she was a holiday basketball tournament MVP.“Miteka has worked for this chance to go to the next level and continue her career,” Robinson said. “It’s a great accomplishment for her and our girls basketball program. She’s overcome some tough injuries in her career, but that shows she’s willing to do what it takes to get it done.“This season, she was outstanding and was a major reason we won 14 games and made the playoffs,” Robinson said.LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan also praised Trueheart.“She’s multi-talented and a true competitor,” Keenan said. “This characteristic will serve her not only in sports, but throughout her life.“She’s overcome several injuries and continued to excel on the court and field,” he said. “It’s a tribute to her and coach Robinson that she will continue her career at a Division I school.”In addition to basketball, Trueheart played one season of soccer and ran track this spring.“Miteka has been an asset to our athletic program,” Lancaster High School athletic director Mark Strickland said. “Her example is one to follow because she worked to get better each year and always sought to improve. She’s a competitor and I look for her to do well in her future.”Blazers’ coach Audra Smith said landing Trueheart is “a steal.”“It was hard to believe Miteka  was still out there. She’s a slashing player and we like her style of play,” Smith said. “She’s a strong guard and very competitive.“I see her coming in and competing for substantial playing time,” Smith said. “We’re excited about having Miteka in our program.”