Molden 1st to Division I - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Molden 1st to Division I

May 22, 2006

Edison -- JoeDonna Molden led the Calhoun County girls basketball team ever since she stepped on the floor as a freshman four years ago.

Today Molden becomes the first Lady Cougars player to sign a Division one basketball scholarship, but Molden's achievements extend far beyond the basketball court.

The Calhoun County girls basketball team made it to the state playoffs each of JoeDonna Molden's four years at the school.

Today Molden signs to play at Kennesaw State next year, and head coach Mike Williams says Molden is irreplaceable.

"If you had a daughter, you would want her to be someone just like JoeDonna Molden," says Williams.  "People like JoeDonna just don't come around every day."

Molden says, "I feel good. I'm excited, and everybody's proud of me, I think."

Molden led the Lady Cougars with over eighteen points and seven assists a game last season, but Williams says she's an all-around student athlete.

"Academically she was president of the beta club. President of the FFA. I think she was the homecoming queen, so what else could she be? She's our all-everything."

Molden received a big assist from a former point guard to be able to play for the Lady Owls, and says she's looking to make a splash.

"I think I can help them out a lot, and I have the potential to play a lot."

Williams says, "A good friend of mine, Lea Henry Manning, who's the coach at Georgia State University, Lea talked to Kennesaw State about her, and coach Colby Tilley took her word. Basically on her word, so we appreciate that."

Molden is a trailblazer at Calhoun County.

"I've been here 21 years," says Williams, "and she'll be the first girl to sign with a division one school."

But Molden says she was never concerned about making history.

"No, not really. I was just playing," Molden said with a smile.

JoeDonna Molden was also Calhoun County's Valedictorian.

Last season was Kennesaw State's first at the Division One level.

feedback:sports@walb.com