Two Corbin seniors have signed on to play basketball for St. Catharine College, a school in Springfield that belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and competes in the Mid-South Conference.
Twin sisters Kayla and Miranda Wilson made their verbal commitment last week, and yesterday they made it official. In front of friends, family and coaches, the Wilsons publically announced that next season they will become the newest members of the Lady Patriots basketball team.
Current Lady Redhounds Head Coach Jason McDaniel describes Kayla and Miranda as “tenacious competitors,” and says that even though they’re not the most vocal players he’s been around, they prefer to lead by example. “They never take a drill off in practice,” he said. “They always play hard, and they have really impressed me. They’re pretty doggone good.”
Former Lady Redhound Head Coach Jennifer Parsons said of her former players, “I could not be more excited or proud of two young ladies. I had the privilege of coaching them from their seventh grade season through last year, and they are both outstanding ball players. I am grateful that they are both getting the opportunity to play together at the collegiate level.”
Lady Patriots Head Coach Lena Bramblett, who led her team to 19-10 record last season (11-9 in the MSC), is excited to have Kayla and Miranda coming aboard.
“I work the Blue Chip high exposure basketball camp during the summer, and have watched these girls over the last five or six years,” Bramblett said. “I’ve seen them grow up and mature during that time, and they’re great kids. They both know the game so well, and I think that their talent level will only go up once they get to the collegiate level.”
Coach Bramblett expressed her feelings that it is not only important for a college-level program to bring in athletically gifted individuals, but more importantly, they should bring in individuals with quality character and a high commitment level. That, she feels, is exactly what she will be getting with the Wilson sisters.
“I’m excited about their arrival,” Bramblett said. “They have a great demeanor, and whatever they lack they make up for it with how hard they work. This is kind of a rare thing to have them both coming on together like this, but I think its also pretty cool, and we’re happy to have them.”