Lady Lion signs with Harding University

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Kirsten Adcock signs letter of intent to play basketball at Harding University. Pictured with Kirsten are her parents, Michael and Mitzi Adcock and sister, Sydney.

Manila Lady Lion Kirsten Adcock signed a letter of intent Tuesday, Nov. 19, to play basketball with Harding University.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Ferrell welcomed family and guests to the signing ceremony held in the Manila High School gymnasium.

"This is an exciting day for Kirsten, her family, her coach and our school," Ferrell said. "It is a great opportunity and blessing for an athlete to get to move on past high school. We are glad to celebrate it with one of our own. Thank you all for joining us."

Congratulations Kirsten.

Coach Mark Manchester passed his congratulations to Kirsten.

"This says volumes about our kids and their work," Coach Manchester said. "I am proud of Kirsten. She will represent Manila well."

Adcock, a 6'1" forward, averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots last season as a junior. The Lady Lions reached the Class 3-A state tournament last year.

Kirsten is a three-time All Conference player and two year All Tournament player. Manila Senior Lady Lions finished last year's season with a 23-7 overall record, winning the 3A-3 Conference.

Coach Manchester said Kirsten is a steady, solid player.

"She has improved every year and continued to expand her skills," Manchester said. "She's got good range as a 3-point shooter and can really stretch a defense."

Kirsten is one of four early signees for the Lady Bisons.

Coach Manchester said Kirsten's offensive skills will fit Harding's system.

"She'll be able to bring 6', 6'1" girls out to the 3-point line," Coach Manchester said. "She does that for us. She will have a great career with them. I wish her the best at the next level. She has worked hard and has earned this opportunity. "

Manchester said he is looking forward to the rest of the season. Manila has a 4-1 start for the 2013-14 season. Their only loss came from a last second shot against Brookland. Adcock had a great season opener sinking five 3 pointers finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Marked Tree. Kirsten led scorers on Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Highland Classic with 31 points with the Lady Lions winning.

Kirsten expressed her appreciation to the faculty, administration, coaches, family, friends, and teammates following her signing.

"It is amazing what God can do," she said.

A reception was held in the lobby of the gymnasium as friends, family and teammates had the opportunity to express their personal well wishes to Kirsten.

Kirsten is the daughter of Michael and Mitzi Adcock.

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