Women's Basketball - Wed, Apr. 25, 2012
Andrea McCloskey has not ideas of resting on her team's
recent success - advancing to the Fab Four for the first time. Instead the
second year women's basketball coach at Georgetown College is quickly adding
pieces to her 2012-13 recruit class.
"We've tasted it, and that makes us want success even
more," McCloskey said. "I'm fortunate to return some very key pieces to this
team as well as get back our All-American point guard, however, I also lost a
lot of experience, leadership and heart with my five graduating seniors."
Hoping to fill some of the void of the departing guards -
Mikkah Rogers and Jessica Waddle, both three-year letterwinners at Georgetown
and starters at various points in their careers - is Murray native Haley Armstrong.
"I'm very excited to add another great, hardworking guard
to our program," McCloskey said. "She is a solid player, who will fit well into
Armstrong helped the Murray High Lady Tigers to its most
successful stent in program history. She was part of a three-year span of 77
wins, two All-A region titles and one 1st Region championship.
The guard started her high school career in seventh grade
and averaged double digits all six years. In her first season on the Murray
High team she averaged 10 points per game. By her sophomore year, she had
eclipsed the school's all-time scoring record. She notched more than 2,000
points by her junior season and finished with 2,592 to be the 1st Region's
all-time leading scorer, boy or girl.
Along with her aptitude for scoring, she had a nose for
the ball, garnering 815 rebounds - placing her on the school's all-time rebound
"Haley has been an integral part of our program for six
years," said Murray High coach Rechelle Turner. "There is no way that she will
ever be replaced. The records that Haley set are likely to never be broken.
Georgetown is getting a great basketball player, but an even better young lady."
The 2010 regional title Murray High won was in large part
to Armstrong's calm, consistent contribution. In the championship game alone,
she hit two free throws with one second remaining in overtime.
She was the 2012 KABC 1st Region Player of the Year and
helped lead the West to a win over the East in the all-star game. Armstrong
scored 14 points that game. She is a four-time member of the Paducah Sun's
All-Purchase team and been on countless all-tournament teams throughout her