On official signing day across the nation, two Seward County Lady Saints Basketball players have signed their name on official Letter of Intents to play at Division One universities. Amanda Pierson put her John Hancock on paperwork from the University of Arizona where she will play for former University of Tennessee National Champion Niya Butts. Pierson will join the Wildcats after a memorable career at Seward County where she finished fourth all-time in career blocked shots (136) and holds 6th and 8th place on the single season blocked shots list (82 & 54). She averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds a game for the Lady Saints in 2009 and was a 2nd Team All-Jayhawk West All-Conference pick as a sophomore. “It just felt right” Pierson said of signing with the Wildcats. She also strongly considered the University of Texas-Arlington and Colorado State University before signing with Arizona. “They are graduating all of their post players so I should have a chance to go in and compete for playing time next season” Pierson said. When asked of her most memorable moment as a Lady Saint Pierson replied “there are so many it is hard to think of just one. The people here have given me so much support in my two years here, it has led me to the success I have had and finally matriculated into me signing at the University of Arizona.”
LaNell Taylor will take her talents and vibrant personality to the University of Texas at Arlington next season. Taylor, a sharpshooter from Houston, Texas (Elsik High School) will join a Mavericks team who reached the WNIT Tournament last season. She averaged 9.3 points a game last season for the Lady Saints while knocking down 75 three-pointers, passing current Seward assistant coach Kim Ortega-Davis for 5th all-time in single season trifectas. Her 97 career three-pointers made puts her 7th all-time at Seward County in that category. Taylor also considered Portland University before deciding on UTA saying of her visit at UTA “I knew as soon as I got done there that it was right for me. It was the same feeling as I had after I came on my visit here to Seward County and it worked out as good as possible here so I decided to sign there.” “Coach Wynn and Coach K have given us everything we need to succeed at the next level” Taylor said. “They have taught us how to win and given us the skills on and off the court to accomplish something later in life” she continued. “You don’t have to be around LaNell long to understand the kind of person she is” Head Coach Toby Wynn said. “She brings so much energy and is a natural leader, both of which will help her be successful at the next level” he said. As Wednesday’s press conference style signing came to a close Taylor made sure to thank everyone in attendance and those that weren’t able to attend saying “I just want to thank everyone here in Liberal for everything they have done for me the last two years. The support, the friendliness, and the overall feeling that they have given me is something I will never forget.”