By Rob Kiser
For Piqua High School senior Lauryn Gray, it was not a question of if she would be playing in college — it was simply a question of which sport.
The 5-10 post player for the Piqua girls basketball team, who is also a talented distance runner who led Piqua girls cross country team and is expected to be a key member of the track and field team, ultimately realized it was going to be basketball.
Last week, Gray made that official by signing with Edison State Community College to play basketball.
“I always knew I wanted to go to college on an athletic scholarship,” the grandaughter of David and Susan Bollinger and Jim and Ginny Gray, said. “I wasn’t sure what sport, but it ended up being basketball.”
And she said the decision to go to Edison was an easy one.
“They made me feel like part of their team,” Gray said. “They me feel like I was important part of their team already, so I knew that is where I wanted to play.”
Edison coach Tim McMahon has made steady progress in his three years as the Lady Chargers head coach and Edison recently finished a 20-11 season.
“We are really excited to get Lauryn (Gray),” McMahon said. “She is really athletic. She is someone who can go up and down the floor and run with the other team’s post players.”
And Gray has already gone through what can be a difficult situation in a team sport — after playing in the state of Washington the last three years, she came back to Piqua for her senior season.
“I just wanted to be closer to my family and friends,” Gray said.
And Piqua coach Brian Gillespie is appreciative of what she gave to the Lady Indians program he continues to build.
“I think that is one of the most difficult situations you can possibly go through,” Gillespie said. “To be a first-year player in a program. Lauryn (Gray) really helped our program a lot. It is great to have a player go on to play at the next level and we are going to have a number of those over the next couple years.”
And Gray’s numbers don’t tell the full story.
She averaged 4.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals for a Piqua team that finished 3-20.
“Lauryn (Gray) is very athletic and talented,” Gillespie said. “She definitely helped our team and made us play faster. I think she is going to continue to get better and add to ger game.”
“I think she is really going to helpt us,” he said. “I see a very athletic and talented player.”
Who now knows the sport she will be playing at the next level.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.