|3/21/2013 11:53:00 PM|
Gilchrist signs to play basketball at Columbia College
|Kennyatta Gilchrist signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Columbia College. Front row, from left: mother Kennyatta Gilchrist, Kenyatta Gilchrist, Columbia coach Maria Audas and grandfather Eddie Gilchrist. Back row: Abbeville assistant coach Ervin Bryson, father Gary Burton, Kenneth Aiken, grandmother Alean Gilchrist, father Eddie Gilchrist Jr., Abbeville principal Steve Garrett and Abbeville athletic director Tad DuBose.|
(Andrew Macke | Index Journal)
ABBEVILLE - Abbeville High School's Kennyatta Gilchrist ended her high school career in the perfect way Thursday afternoon.
After thanking her parents, grandparents, coaches and teachers, Gilchrist signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Columbia College next season.
"You don't understand how much of a relief it is to finally say I know where I'm going to school at," Gilchrist said. "I have a scholarship, I'm able to play basketball and I'm going to get a great education, so all that in one is like the perfect ending to my high school career."
Gilchrist began looking at colleges to play basketball after the Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs in the Upper State final.
She sent out videotapes and contacted several colleges, hoping to earn a scholarship. She also was accepted to College of Charleston and Winthrop as a student.
Then, Columbia called her and expressed its interest, and Gilchrist leapt at the opportunity.
"I honestly think Columbia College is a good fit for me," Gilchrist said. "The campus is around the same size as Abbeville, and I feel like it will be a great learning environment for me. (Columbia) coach (Maria) Audas is a great coach, and I look so forward to working with her."
Columbia took interest in Abbeville's leading scorer for several reasons. One was something she had no control over - her handedness. As a left-handed post player, Gilchrist presents opponents with an unusual matchup.
She is also a very fundamental, athletic player, which fits in with how Columbia likes to play.
But more importantly, Columbia liked the type of player and person Gilchrist is.
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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
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SO PROUD OF YOU YOUNG LADY MY "GOD" BLESS YOUR EVERY STEP IN LIFE. LOVE YOU
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