November 14, 2006
Sylvester -- The Worth County girls basketball teams have had a lot of success on the court, with back-to-back region championships and appearances in the state elite eight.
Lady Rams standouts Tia Lewis and Logan Youngblood were ble to reap the rewards of that success Monday, signing on to play college basketball at the Division I level.
"It feels great," says Lewis. "It's a good experience. Something I wished for my entire life."
Lewis will play at East Tennessee State, while Youngblood joins her sister Taylor Youngblood at Georgia Southern.
Logan Youngblood says, "She (Taylor) was kind of edging me along, you know, 'Logan, are you interested here, or what?' and I've always told her I was interested. I just felt like Georgia Southern would be the place for me."
Worth County head coach Tim Hathcock says their success is helping build the profile of the program.
"Because of this, we have other girls interested that want to play girls basketball now," says Hathcock. "Not just, 'Hey, do you want to play?' They want to come play."
Lewis averaged 19 points and 19 rebounds a game for the Lady Rams last year, and is expecting a lot of playing time next season at ETSU.
"I'll be playing the 'three' (small forward) or 'four' (power forward), and be on the floor a lot," says Lewis.
Youngblood says she's happy to sign early, and is ready for one last run at Worth County.
"Senior year has already been great to me," says Youngblood. "Just this alone is awesome. I'm excited, and very excited to see how the year plays out."
Worth County opens its season on the road at Colquitt County in two weeks.