If the current trend continues for Southern State Women’s Basketball Coach Matt Wells, he may have to consider adding a tribute to Adams County on his team’s uniforms for the 2014-15 season. On Monday afternoon, Wells inked his fifth countysignee for next season as he got a commitment from West Union’s Natasha Barr to become the newest member of the Patriots women’s basketball program. Barr joins Rainelle Casey, Sara Dinsmore, Tia Shepherd, and Jessica Solaro as 2014 Adams County graduates who will be wearing the red, white, and blue this winter.
Barr brings an impressive athletic resume to the Southern State program, ending her career as the second leading scorer in Lady Dragons history with 1,014 total points. She was named to the Southern Hills Athletic Conference All-League teams in basketball and softball three times as well as earning numerous All-District honors.
“I chose Southern State because it was close to home and I saved some money by taking some classes in high school that will transfer,” said Barr. “I’m going to stay at Southern State for two years and study to be a Medical Assistant and then transfer to get my degree in Physical Therapy.”
For Coach Wells, Barr will be the fifth county athlete to fill out what is thus far a 10-player roster and he is excited about what Barr brings to his program.
“What attracted us to Natasha is pretty much the way she plays the game,” said the SSCC head coach. “She’s a 1,000 point scorer coming in and she plays hard on both ends of the court and her game is very versatile. She can go inside or outside and she will attack the basket.”
“Another thing for us is her academic performance. She’s a great student and that’s just a bonus for our college to have a young lady like that headed our way.”
For the West Union program, the loss of Barr leaves a big hole to fill and Lady Dragons head coach Jason Claytor knows that all too well, regretting that he only had the opportunity to coach Barr in her senior year.
“Everything she has given our program is self-explanatory when you look at the record books,” said Claytor at Monday’s official signing. “She’s the school’s second all time leading girls scorer and had a number of 30-point games. She gave us everything she had and led us in nearly every category.”
“Her contributions were great and it’s a shame that I only got one year with her. Some more time would certainly have been nice. She was a big cog in the turn around that we’ve got started here in girls basketball at West Union.”