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LHS hoops standout Kyla Hough to sign with WCU

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Lancaster High School senior basketball standout Kyia Hough has made a verbal commitment to sign with Western Carolina University.

Western Carolina, a Div. 1 school, is a member of the Southern Conference.

Hough, 17, is scheduled to sign with the Catamounts on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. in the LHS conference room.

Hough, at age 5, began to show a passion for basketball and her parents, Michael and Stephanie Hough, took notice. A year later, she began playing youth basketball in the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation program.

At age 10, Hough began playing AAU basketball in Columbia and continued until age 14.

As a seventh grader at South Middle School, she led the Lady Mustangs to an unbeaten season.

She began her varsity basketball career in the eighth grade.

Three games into the season, she earned the starting point guard position. During her Lady Bruins’ career, she has earned three letters, team MVP and all-region for two seasons.

Hough, at age 14, left her AAU team, the Carolina Lady Ballers in Columbia, to move to a higher level of competition with the AAU Showcase organization, the N.C. Spartans. The Spartans’ owner and founder is Muhsin Muhammad, the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver.

Hough capped her season with the Spartans in July of 2013.

Hough, since the age of 12, has drawn the eye of recruiters from such schools as Cincinnati, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC Charlotte, James Madison, Old Dominion University, East Carolina and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga among others.

Hough’s father has a great passion for the game and worked with her to groom and develop her basketball skills.

Her parents also teamed to provide her a balanced lifestyle, academically and socially, while she was in pursuit of an athletic career to play at the next level.

Hough, regarded as a strong student, was recently crowned the 2013 LHS homecoming queen. She also studies broadcast journalism at LearnTV.

Hough, who averaged 14 points a game as a sophomore, participated in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Elite Camp last month at Ridge View High School.

Hough, after college, is seeking to pursue a goal as a professional basketball player and a career in sports management and sports journalism.

She gives back to the community, helping her father and his partner, Steven Fair, who run youth basketball clinics.

Michael Hough will be running an athletic program for boys and girls in Lancaster, known as “Grassroots Sports, Inc.”

The development program was founded several years ago by Michael Hough’s mother, Ollie Alexander. She had developmental teams out of Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg and Florence.

Michael Hough, with Kyia, will be training youngsters in the Grassroots Sports, Inc., program.

For more details on the program, email smhough@yahoo.com Kyia Hough will open her senior season at LHS on Dec. 3 when the Lady Bruins face Spring Valley in the team’s opener.

“Congratulations to Kyia on her hard work and dedication,” said her mother, Stephanie Hough. “It has paid off and we thank everyone with much gratitude for their continued support.”