Three Lady Roadrunners Make College Choices
On Monday, April 18, the first three members of the Region XVI Champion State Fair Community College Lady Roadrunners signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers in a ceremony held at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
All-American and two-time first team All-Region XVI Ciara Leak signed with Division I Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Arriana Walker and Dahlia Booker will continue their careers together at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
“I just think you ought to do something special for the student-athletes that committed themselves to your program for one or two years,” said Bucher. “This is a sendoff…I wanted to have something for them so they can see how much we appreciate their hard work. We are excited that they’re going on to finish their education and play basketball at another school.”
The trio was a key part of the team that claimed SFCC’s third Region Championship in program history. They were part of the first team in school history to claim a win at the National Tournament. They finished their two-year careers with a 56-11 record. The trio advanced to the Region Championship game as freshmen, before falling to Jefferson College.
Leak averaged 13.4 points per game, before a knee injury ended her sophomore season. She dished out just under three assists per contest, to go along with 1.7 steals per game.
“Wright State has a beautiful campus and a good biology program, which was like the icing on the cake,” said Leak. “I also liked their facilities.”
Walker earned second team All-Region XVI honors as a sophomore for the Lady Roadrunners. Walker dished out a team-leading 3.5 assists per contest. She also led the team in steals averaging 3.2 per game.
“I was looking for a place where I could be close to home,” said Walker. “I was also looking for somewhere where I would be able to play, I didn’t want to go to a place where would have to sit on the bench.”
Booker also earned second team All-Region XVI honors. She averaged 8.3 points per contest. Booker pulled down 5.2 rebounds per game, which was good enough for second on the team.
“Lincoln needed sophomores to provide leadership and help them do better than they did last season,” said Booker.