Rebel duo inks letter of intent to Shawnee Community College

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Riverside seniors Katey Campbell and Morgan Emery ink letter of intent with Shawnee Community College Tuesday afternoon at Riverside High School. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

Riverside basketball stars and best friends Katey Campbell and Morgan Emery will continue their playing careers after signing letters of intent with Shawnee Community College May 19 at Riverside High School.

Campbell and Emery have been playing together since third grade. The duo helped form one of the most successful teams in Lady Rebel history, winning more than 100 games during their junior and senior high careers.

"We are very excited to have two such fine young ladies playing for us," said Shawnee Coach Gary Poyner. "They both have great work ethics and we are looking for them to step in and have an immediate impact on our team next season.

"Katie can play both the inside and the outside. She is a very versatile player. She can take the ball to the hole off the dribble and score and can also step out and hit the three pointer. I expect to use her at multiple positions."

"Morgan sees the floor extremely well," continued Poyner. "She looks to push the ball up the floor every time she gets it and really attacks the basket. She will run the point some and will also play the two position."

Campbell and Emery will be joined at Shawnee by three other local players in Rector's Hillary Calhoun, Colleen Kemp of Manila and Meagan Williams of Westside.

"I am really excited about playing at Shawnee," said Emery. "I am so glad Katey will be going with me. That really helps. I also think it's great that we'll be playing with three other players from our area. I like the fact that Shawnee is a small school. I didn't want to go somewhere and be overwhelmed. Coach Poyner is a great guy and I look forward to playing for him."

Emery averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists a game during her senior season while garnering All-Region and All-Conference honors.

"It's going to be great to continue playing with Morgan," said Campbell. "We're best friends. I am both excited and nervous, but I am really looking forward to going to school there. I knew as soon as she was going to sign that I had to go there too. We've played together for so long it just makes it that much better. I am looking forward to playing for Coach Poyner. He is such a great guy."

Campbell led the Lady Rebels in scoring, averaging 17 points per game while pulling down 8.1 rebounds per contest. The 5'7" senior was named All-State while also making the All-State Tournament team. In addition, Campbell was selected All-Region, All-Conference and was named to the NEA Tournament team.

Campbell and Emery helped lead the Lady Rebels to three straight state tournament appearances, including this year's quarter-finals.

"Katey was our go-to player this year," said first year Riverside Coach Carrie Redman. "When we needed points, we got the ball to Katey. She is one of the toughest kids I have ever been around. Morgan is very good at seeing the floor and getting the ball to her teammates. She can create her own shot and is a good three point shooter. I think both of them will make an immediate impact for Shawnee. I am happy for both of them."

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