After spending their four-year high school basketball careers together, the dynamic duo of Sidney Pell and Baylee Wallace from Peebles High School will stay together. In a ceremony held appropriately in the high school gymnasium on Nov. 25, the pair of Lady Indians signed their letters of intent to become part of the women’s basketball program at Ohio Christian University for the 2014-15 season.
“I really liked the coaching staff and the campus,” said Pell at the signing ceremony. “We went down and watched them play and stayed all night and I thought the girls on the team were really cool.” Pell is heading for college undecided on her major or what here emphasis of study will be.
“I got a chance to see these girls on the trail earlier this fall,” said Ohio Christian University women’s basketball coach Matt Futch. “I liked what I saw out of Sidney. She is a player of high basketball I.Q. She can shoot the ball very well and do a lot of different things on a basketball court.”
For Futch, finding Wallace was kind of a pleasant surprise. “Baylee just came up to one of our open gyms with Sidney and kind of wowed me with the things she can do in the post and her versatility on the basketball court. Both of these girls are going to be great additions to our program.”
Wallace, who plans on working to become an Elementary Art teacher, likes the proximity of the Ohio Christian campus to her hometown of Peebles. “The school is close to home and I felt comfortable there and the basketball team rocks,” said the 6”1” senior center. “I liked the coaches and it’s just a good fit for me.” The two girls plan on rooming together during their college careers.
Ohio Christian University is located in Circleville and the Blazers will be moving to NAIA, Division II for the 2014-15 season and are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association.