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Lancaster High School basketball standout Kyia Hough is going up to take her game to the next level.
Hough, a 5-5 guard, is heading to the North Carolina mountains to play at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.
“When I visited there, I liked the way the coaches bonded with the players,” said Hough, who signed with the Lady Catamounts of Div. I Southern Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the LHS conference room. “I knew if I ever was to get injured, they would take care of me and I wouldn’t have anything to worry about.”
Hough, entering her fifth year with the LHS varsity where she has started since the eighth grade, is coming off an injury, a torn ACL meniscus which caused her to miss all of her junior hoops campaign with the Lady Bruins.
She added Western Carolina offered several other favorable factors in her decision to play there.
“I like where it is located,” Hough said. “It’s in the mountains, but there’s a lot to do there.
“Western Carolina is not too far away which means my family and friends can come there to see me play,” she added. “I’m looking forward to that.”
WCU women’s coach Karen Middleton is glad to have Hough in the Catamounts’ fold.
“Kyia is a true, scoring point guard. She sees the floor and understands the game,” Middleton said. “She is a competitor that takes great pride as a defender and being a complete player. She makes everyone around her better.”
Hough has been outstanding on and off the court at LHS.
As a sophomore, Hough averaged 14 points a game for the Lady Bruins to go with 4.4 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.4 rebounds.
In her freshman season, Hough reaped all-region and team MVP honors, averaging 13 points and three assists per game.
In class, she has a 3.3 grade point average and is ranked 131 in the LHS class of 2014.
“Kyia is a hard worker and very coachable,” LHS girls basketball coach Ronnie Robinson said. “She has worked tremendously hard to overcome her injury and be able to contribute to our team this season.
“During the time Kyia was injured last season, she was very encouraging to her teammates and was always the team player,” Robinson said. “That type leadership is going to be valuable for her this season and in her future. I’m looking forward to her being a key part of our team this season.”
LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan also lauded Hough as a solid student-athlete.
“Kyia is an outstanding young lady and a strong student who is obviously a leader on the basketball court,” Keenan said. “Winning homecoming queen shows she’s popular among the student body.”
Keenan also saluted Hough’s parents, Michael and Stephanie Hough.
“Kyia has had strong parental support which is important in any young person’s life,” he said. “I’m excited for her and I look forward to hearing good things about her in the future.”