Lady Eagles Senior Basketball Players Earn NCAA Scholarships

Emilio Giler
After another great season, all five Montverde Academy senior student-athletes on the girls basketball team committed to NCAA Division I colleges and universities.
 
Kayla Morris (’20), senior, was the first Lady Eagles to announce her commitment earlier this season to East Carolina University. Despite dealing with injuries, Kayla is a high caliber player with height at 6’3” and grat versatility. She also can knock down shots from beyond the arc and block shots on the defensive end. While she did not play for most of the season, Morris brought the team together with her leadership, positivity and commitment.
 
The next Lady Eagle to commit to the University of Evansville is shooting specialist Erin Dumas. Averaging 7.5 points, 3.1 steals and 1.6 assists per game, Dumas is an elite player with speed and lateral quickness who has the ability to create her own shot.
 
"She played multiple guard positions, always guarded the best player and was clutch from the 3-point line," said Laura Harper, Head Basketball Coach. "Off the court, she led by example and knew the Montverde Academy culture because she has been here for all four years of high school."
 
Despite dealing with two consecutive knee injuries, Ksenia Kozlova, committed to Middle Tennessee State University and through proper physical therapy, she is set to compete on the MTSU women's basketball team in the fall. Kseniia is a great player with outstanding strength, rebounding, and a relentless mindset. Off the court, she was a member of the MVA Headmaster Leadership Institute and earned honor roll recognition.
 
Caleigh Rose-West, team captain, committed to the University of New Orleans. Caleigh was the Lady Eagle's vocal leader, captain, social coordinator, and motivator. Averaging 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, she looks to bring the same intensity at the collegiate level.
 
Nina De Leon, point guard, committed to Austin Peay State University, where she will bring competitiveness and facilitate the offense. Nina had some of the biggest plays of the season with game-winning shots against top teams in the state while averaging 7.2 points, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
 
"Nina was our heartbeat and got us into our offense," said Harper. "She will be a vocal floor general who will have an impact on the defensive end and control the tempo at all times at the next level. Off the court, she brought the team together and was the comedian of the team."
 
Congratulations seniors!
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