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June 10, 2014

Virginia Scott signs with Young Harris

Somerset — After a very successful prep basketball career at Somerset High School, Virginia Scott will continue to play the sport that she loves so much at the next level.

The former Lady Jumper stand out recently signed a scholarship to play basketball at the NCAA Division-II level, as Scott inked with Young Harris College, located in Young Harris, Georgia.

Scott, a four-year starter at Somerset, is thankful for the opportunity to go on to play basketball at the collegiate level. Along with being thankful for the opportunity to continue to hoop it up in college, she is so glad to have had several individuals help pave the way for this very moment.

“I'm very grateful to be able to go on and play basketball for four more years,” began Scott. “I just want to thank everyone who was involved in making this happen, from all of my coaches I've had through the years and to my wonderful family for supporting me every step of the way.”

Out of all the individuals who made a difference in Scott’s life, her mother – also a former standout at Somerset – has had the biggest impact of all.

“Most importantly, my mom who has been at every game she could be – she has coached me and a lot of other local ballers,” said Scott of her mother’s impact. “She was also the first female basketball player to be inducted into SHS Hall of Fame, so she has a lot of insight on the game, as well as first-hand knowledge because she played at Somerset, then continued her career at Murray State and then in the Air Force. She has supported me through all of my ups and downs, and for that I'm eternally grateful to not only her but everyone that has been a part of my career.”

The former Lady Jumper is looking forward to being a part of the Young Harris Mountain Lions women’s basketball team come the fall. After her visit to the college went extremely well, Scott knew where she wanted to spend the next four years of her life at.

“The basketball program is fairly new considering four years ago they became a regulated NCAA Division II school – they used to be a junior college,” explained Scott. “On my visit there, I got to meet all of the team and I couldn't help but love them – they were so welcoming and excited for me to potentially be a part of their team. To me, that was one of the biggest components of my decision.”

The experience of the Mountain Lion coaching staff really caught the eye of Scott, who will major in biology and eventually go into the medical field. Head coach Brenda Paul and assistant coach Matt Stearsmen made a lasting impression on Scott.

“They are led by head coach Brenda Paul – former head coach at Mississippi State – is very dedicated to the program and the assistant coach is Matt Stearsmen, who I have become close to,” the Young Harris signee. “He recruited me after he saw me play with my travel team, the Central Kentucky Angels in an AAU tournament in Atlanta. I'm very thankful for the opportunity they have given me.”

Under Paul, the Mountain Lions went 19-7 overall and 14-5 in the Peach Belt Conference a season ago.

While at Somerset, Scott played a huge role in the Lady Jumpers’ to back-to-back appearances to the 12th Region Basketball Tournament in her junior and senior seasons. Scott was named to the Commonwealth Journal’s All-County Basketball Team in each of those seasons, including a player of the year selection this past season.

In her senior campaign, Scott scored 21.2 points per game and pulled down 5.8 rebounds per contest. The Lady Jumper nailed 64 treys, had a three-point percentage of 37.4 percent, and made nearly 77 percent of her free-throw attempts.

Scott enjoyed her time as a Lady Jumper under head coach Erin Walker. Scott was also honored to join her mother in the prestigious Lady Jumper 1,000-point club.

“My career at SHS was something I'll never forget,” told Scott. “I made a lot of memories and friendships that I will cherish for a lifetime. My junior and senior years were my favorite two years – we got to go to region two years in a row, which was a huge accomplishment as it hadn't been done for several years. Coach Walker is a great coach – we all learned a lot from those two years and she definitely has a bright future ahead of her not only in life, but in coaching, as well. I also joined the 1000 point club along with my mom, which I think is really special.”

Walker had some very kind words following Scott’s signing with Young Harris.

“It is a great honor to be able to go play college basketball, especially at the NCAA Division-II level,” Walker stated. “She is getting a full ride to play at the next level, which is very rare. It was a pleasure to coach her, and I wish her the best.”

Walker, who led Somerset to back-to-back regional tournament appearances the past two seasons, feels that Scott will succeed at the Division-II level.

“She is an excellent basketball player that can score at will,” said Walker. “If she has it in her mind that she is going to score, she is going to score. She was definitely our go-to player. She is going to be greatly missed at the high school level, but she is going to do great things in college.”


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