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Wright signs with Lions

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AJ hoops ace will play at Kansas JUCO

By Robert Howey

 

   

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers basketball star Bre Wright made a little history with her signing with Mackie Brown College on Wednesday, April 10 in the Lancaster County Class AA high school’s media center.

Wright, in signing with the Salina, Kan., junior college, is the first player out of South Carolina to join the Lions’ girls basketball program, according to MBC assistant J.J. Davis.

“We’re looking for this to be a good stepping stone for our program,” Davis said. “We’re looking to sign more players out of North and South Carolina and we feel this is a good start for us.”

The Lions, who play in the NJCAA Div. II Jayhawk Region VI, have posted three straight 20 win seasons.

Davis said he likes Wright for her versatility.

“She can play the four or three,” Davis said. “I know she’s strong and powerful, and we were looking for a player who could help us. Anytime, you can sign a back-to-back all-state player, that is a plus.”

Wright produced a brilliant basketball career at AJ, scoring over 1,000 points in her hoops career.

A five-year letterman, Wright reaped all-region honors for three straight seasons.

Wright earned The Lancaster News County Player of the Year for girls basketball the last two seasons and was the Region IV-AA Player of the Year this season.

Wright capped her senior season, averaging 12.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, four steals and 1.8 assists for the Lady Vols who went 17-5 and tied for the region regular-season championship before falling to Cheraw in a special play-off game at North Central High School.

The Lady Vols were ranked ninth in the final regular-season Class AA girls state hoops poll.

Wright shared the AJ Coaches Award with senior teammate Halle Thompson.

“We’re proud of her,” said AJ girls coach Dennis Farmer. “We feel this will be a good opportunity for her. Bre has been the backbone of our program has helped to lead us back to respectability.”

Farmer noted Wright fashioned her splendid career after tearing the ACL in both knees.

“Bre’s leadership and play were vital for us,” he said. “She demonstrated great courage and was an inspiration to keep battling no matter what the odds were.”

Wright is a standout in AJ track, earning all-region honors in the field events for the shot put and discus.

Wright said she’s excited about the opportunity.

“I like to play basketball and I’m glad to have the chance to do that,” she said. “I want to go to a bigger school and I feel this is a good start for me.

“I owe a special thanks to all my coaches, from recreation basketball, AAU and high school,” Wright said. “They have prepared me for this chance to continue my education and play basketball.”

Farmer noted Wright is on a solid track for her future.

“She’s going into a good program and will face some good competition,” he said. “This will give her the opportunity to continue on.”