Bell County senior guard Morgan Garnett signed on Friday to continue her basketball career at Union College.
Garnett said playing at the next level is a dream come true.
“It’s a blessing. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to play college basketball. It’s been a dream of mine that’s came true and I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to continue my little career,” she said.
Garnett has started most of the last three years for the Lady Cats the team advanced in three straight 13th Region tournaments. Bell County was 52nd District champions in 2013 and 2014, 13th Region runner up in 2013 and a regional semifinalist in 2012 and 2014.
“Morgan is very special player to me, I’ve coached her longer than any player I’ve had. My first year coaching Morgan was in the fourth grade and I’ve coached her all the way through. All nine years,” Bell County coach David Teague said at her signing ceremony. “The Union mascot is a bulldog and they’re getting that, truly. Anything she may lack in size she more than makes up for with heart.”
“I’m proud for Morgan. This is something she’s wanted to do for a while and I’m glad she’s getting the opportunity,” Teague added. “Union is getting a good player and most importantly they’re getting a good person. She’ll do well in the classroom and on the court and she’ll work as hard as she can possibly work.”
Union College is coming off a 24-9 season that included an Appalachian Athletic Conference championship and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament. Tim Curry has coached the Lady Bulldogs for the past 13 seasons.
Garnett, who plans to major in Biology and hopes to go on to become a dental hygienist, said there were several reasons she chose to go to Union.
“When I went to visit the campus it felt like home. They’re really nice people and I know some of the players on the team already. They said they love coach Curry and that it was a great atmosphere. I really felt like I would like it.”