Lady Eagle Micah Black to play basketball at Lee

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Rhea County Lady Eagle Micah Black announced her decision to attend Lee University and play basketball for the Lady Flames next year. She is looking forward to a successful year for the Lady Eagles this year.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Basketball star Black will play at Lee University after Senior Season

November 2017

Evensville, TN —  Lady Eagle basketball player Micah Black is headed to Lee University to play basketball for the Lady Flames next year.  The senior is looking forward to a successful 2017-18 season with the Eagles before leaving.  Micah made her intentions know publicly at the Rhea County High School.  She choose to make the decision this summer after visiting Lee University.   She also had a visit to local College Bryan before making her decision.

Micah called Lee “Love at first visit” and made her decision after her visit.  She loved the coaching, the school and the small campus atmosphere of Lee University.  Micah began playing basketball around 8 years of age with Upward Basketball in Dayton and began a mentoring relationship with Roy Pankey since she was in the third grade.  She expressed her thanks for all the hours that Pankey has worked with Micah outside of school boy.  She also played for Roy in AAU basketball.

Roy said, “I realized working with Micah in the third grade, she would play at the next level.  Most disciplined athlete in my 26 years of coaching.  Best shooter hands down I have every had, boys or girls.  Last AAU game she made 8 threes in a row to start the game.  She is better person than basketball player.  Lee is really getting something special.”

Micah played for Hurst at Dayton City School and her teams were very successful there, appearing in State routinely during her time at Dayton City School.

Christi said, “Micah was always great in clutch situations.  She never hesitated.  She was always very smart on the floor.”

Arriving at Rhea County High School she was an instant contributor at Rhea County High School and an injury took away a year of her career but she came back strong as ever and set school record with 47 point effort last year.  This will be her second year playing for 2nd year coach Darvin Gill.  Gill expressed glowing appreciation for Micah as a player and a person.

Darvin said, “She is a great basketball player and an even better person.  I saw her play when I was at White County.  She was always in our scouting as a shooter.  You never know what kind of kid a kid is until you get a chance to coach them.  When I got to first day of practice, I saw she had a rare combination of special gifts on basketball floor and special character traits, and a desire to maximize her potential.  That happened on the first day of practice.”

At Lee University, she will be playing for a very successful coach, Marty Rowe.  Rowe has compiled a dominating 348-87 record in his 13 seasons as leader of the Lady Flames and has an overall mark of 479-152 in his 19 years as a head coach. Rowe has won 20-plus contests in 17 of his 19 seasons, including all 13 with the Lady Flames.

Micah talked with the media after her ceremony.  Micah said, “It(Lee) was everything I was looking for, close to home, great coaches, great team, and great school.”

On playing for three coaches in High School, Micah said, “It was definitely hard, because you have to learn each other and get to know each other.  I loved every one single one of them and thankful for them.”

On AAU coach and mentor Roy Pankey, Micah said, “I am so thankful to have him.  I wished everyone has someone like Roy.  She has helped me so much.  (Has Helped)Not just in basketball but in life.”

On her goals for the upcoming season, Micah said, “I want us to love to win the championships in the District and Regions this year that will be played at home.”

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