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Clay City's McWilliams headed to the next level

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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Clay City senior Whitney McWilliams (far left) signs her letter-of-intent with Olney Central coach Jessica Mehringer (center) while Clay City girls coach Keith Jones (right) looks on.

A distinguished basketball career at Clay City High School behind her, Whitney McWilliams is ready for the next step.

The Lady Eels' all-time leading scorer signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for Olney Central Junior College in Olney, Ill.

As an Olney Central Blue Knight, McWilliams will compete in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA).

Blue Knights Coach Jessica Mehringer expects McWilliams to be an immediate difference maker on a team returning just four players after a 6-25 season in 2005-06.

"We were really looking for a point guard that can score and run the offense," Mehringer said. "The thing that impressed us the most is her composure, but her ability to score from that position is something we need."

McWilliams cited the Olney Central's small campus and proximity to home as major factors in her decision.

"My parents can make it to all my home games, and my friends can come down," she explained.

But will the McWilliams family find time to attend more than a dozen basketball games at a school nearly two hours away?

"Absolutely. Without a doubt," said Whitney's mother, Cheryl. "We'll be there early."

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