By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Asbury University has picked themselves up a two-for-one special.
That two-for-one special is twin sisters Brittany Warren and Haley Warren.
Last week, Asbury University hit the jackpot, as the pair of Pulaski County High School seniors signed a scholarship to attend college and play basketball for the Lady Eagles.
There were many college offers on the table for the Warren sisters, but Asbury, located in Wilmore, Kentucky, was the college that stuck out to them the most.
“When I walked on to Asbury's campus, I knew there was something different about it,” began Brittany. “It was different from the other schools I toured because everyone was just so nice. I already felt like a part of the community there. They made me feel at home, and I love that fact that it is a Christian school and is close to home. I'm excited to see what God has planned for me in the next four years.”
For Haley, a small, Christian school atmosphere attracted her, along with it being close to home.
“I chose Asbury University for a number of reasons,” told Haley, who plans to major in occupational therapy. “It is only an hour from home and it is a pretty small school. But, what really lead me there was the amazing Christian atmosphere. In my four years there, I will get to serve God, get a great education, and play basketball. I could never ask for anything more.”
Over the past five seasons, Pulaski fans have got to see the ‘Warren and Warren Show’ hundreds of times, but now the show is moving with them to the collegiate level, as both will play for the Lady Eagles, coached by Bart Flener.
“Being able to continue to play with my sister is such a blessing, we have been playing ball together since we were five years old,” said Brittany, who plans to major in speech pathology. “God has blessed us with so much and we are just grateful for this opportunity.”
Getting to play collegiate sports is not something that everyone gets the opportunity to do, so Haley is more than thrilled to be given the chance to play the game that she loves so much.
“I've dreamed of playing in college since I was a little girl, and I have been blessed with parents and coaches who have pushed me and helped me meet that goal,” Haley explained. “When less than five percent of high school athletes get to play at the next level, it is definitely a privilege to get to play four more years.”
Pulaski County Lady Maroons head coach Brian Miller is happy to see the sisters go on to play basketball at the collegiate level. Miller is also glad they chose to play at Asbury, that way he can go watch them play from time-to-time.
“From day one, Asbury has been after a point guard and a shooting guard,” Miller said. “I feel like it is a good fit and I feel like both of them will be successful. They’re two great kids that we’ve had the privilege to coach for five years. Asbury is not very far, so we’ll be able to go and watch a few games. I was pushing for them to go there, so we could go watch them play.”
Miller believes Brittany can go up to Asbury and make an impact right away.
“Brittany can go and have a chance to start from the very get-go,” told Miller. “She’s a good player and she can put up a lot of points. She shoots the ball well and she can run the team. I expect her to have an unbelievable career at Asbury.”
As for Haley, the Pulaski head coach believe she will get stronger and improve her already-deadly three-point shot.
“I think Haley is going to continue to get stronger, because I really think her best days are ahead of her,” praised the Lady Maroon coach. “She can shoot the basketball, but with a little added strength, I feel like it will help her even more down the road - she’s just started to feel out and grow.”
Brittany and Haley have been a member of the Lady Maroons basketball team for five seasons. In each of those five seasons, both of the Warren’s have contributed in some way or form. Both have been apart of school history, as each of the young ladies have joined the 1,000-point club at Pulaski.
This season, each of the sisters are averaging double-digit scoring performances, as Brittany is pouring in 22.4 points per game and Haley, despite missing much of the season with an injury, is averaging double figures with 12.4 points per contest.
Last year, the 2011-12 season, both Brittany and Haley were named to the Commonwealth Journal All-County Basketball team. Brittany, who averaged 18.3 points per game last year and hit 42 three-pointers, was named the Player of the Year in the area. With a team-high 61 treys and an average of 10.5 points per contest, Haley was named to the All-County squad for the first time in her career.
In 2010-11, Brittany, as a sophomore, averaged a club-highs with 12.3 points per game and 59 assists, which earned her a spot on the All-County team. Brittany was also named the Female Athlete of the Year for the Commonwealth Journal in 2011. Haley chimed in with 9.3 points per game.
Brittany earned her first All-County appearance in the 2009-10 season as a freshman. That season, Brittany was second on the Lady Maroons team with 8.7 points per contest, while having a team-high 71 assists. Haley finished with an average of 4.1 points per game that season.
It’s been a great career for Brittany, who just last week, was named to a list of athletes from around the state to try-out for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game, which will take place this summer.
“The past five years I've played for PC have been some of the best memories of my life,” Brittany reflected. “Through the ups and downs, I've learned life lessons and made some amazing friendships. Coach Miller has always been really hard on me and pushed me to be the best I could be on and off the court. I couldn't thank him enough for making me the player I am today. I'm so proud to be a Lady Maroon.”
It’s also been a five years for Haley, but it sure has been a tough one at certain times, especially this season, when she was forced to sit out a slew games of with an injury. After returning from the injury, Haley is glad to be back out on the basketball floor with her Lady Maroon teammates.
“This season has been a tough one, for our team and for me individually,” stated Haley. “After breaking three facial bones, I wasn't sure if I would return to the court as a lady maroon again. Battling an injury is tough, and it made me realize how thankful I am to finish the season with my team, and to get four more years doing what I love.”
The ‘Warren and Warren Show’ will be in its final episodes in the next few weeks, as they will look to win a 12th Region banner and advance to Bowling Green for the Girls’ State Tournament, held at Western Kentucky University.