Tiftarea's Shaunteria Taylor lost her stepfather Rickey Burton to Leukemia before her senior season.
He'd never missed any of her games.
Taylor considered sitting out of basketball, but instead she balled out.
Her reward for an excellent senior campaign was signing a letter of intent to Georgia Southwestern Monday morning in Chula.
Fitting, because its where her and the Lady Panthers won the GISA region 3- AAA championship a couple months ago.
Taylor was also region player of the year.
She averaged nearly 17.9 points, 5.5 steals and almost 7.9 rebounds per game.
The shooting guard admits it was tough without her stepfather in the stands, but her family and teammates refused to let her give in.
"My teammates, one specifically Peyton Matt, talked to me and she was like 'you have to do this, you should do it for him instead of giving up on the dream that y'all have had,'" Taylor recalled after making it official with GSW.
"It's good that they kept me motivated. My coaches and everyone. Even on my down days they kept me going."
Taylor plans to study biology with a focus in animal studies out in Americus.
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