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Mattox signs with St. Mary

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fort Scott Community College sophomore Kendra Mattox
(seated) signed her letter of intent to play basketball next season at the University of St. Mary, an NAIA school in Leavenworth. With Mattox as she signed are FSCC head coach Diana Couch and USM head coach Mike Basler.(Scott Nuzum/Tribune)
Fort Scott Community College sophomore Kendra Mattox signed a letter of intent with the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, during a awards session in front of teammates, friends and faculty in the FSCC Board Room Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to Mattox's signing, head coach Diana Couch handed out conference and team awards team members received during the season.

Mattox, who is from Erie, was the only returning sophomore last season. In 31 games, she averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds per game.

"I think she was the foundation of (the program's) transition," Couch said. "She was the rock this season. She was reliable, confident -- any adjective you want to put in there. She will be missed."

Mattox said that she chose St. Mary because it's close to home and will be easy for her parents to get to to see her play. She feels like she can fit into the program and help USM head coach Mike Basler continue to build the Spire program.

When asked what she will take from her experience at FSCC, Mattox said she couldn't choose just one or two.

"The last two years have been amazing with Coach Couch," she said. "She has taught me everything."

Basler, who has been head coach at St. Mary since 2004, expects Mattox to play a key role for the Spires.

"Kendra's had a lot of experience and success here," he said. "She showcased her abilities when (Couch) moved her to the 3 (small forward). She can rebound. She'll bring us leadership. She's played in a lot of big games and played some tough competition."

Mattox also received the Fan Favorite Award at the end of last season. She also received two awards by a vote of her teammates: 'Hound Pride, which is awarded for exemplifying the values of the program and activity in the community, and Heart of the Pack, for her heart and leadership.

Freshman Jolee Sharp, a Fort Scott High School graduate, received a certificate from the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference noting her selection as an Honorable Mention player on the All-KJCCC-Eastern Division team. She and freshman Kerenza Singletary also received plaques for the weeks they were selected Eastern Division Player of the Week. Singletary was chosen the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 5 while Sharp was picked the week of Feb. 21-26.

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