Plant girls basketball player Michelle Taylor has been one of the county’s top all-around players. And it didn’t take long for Appalachian State to know it. The school offered Taylor a scholarship on the spot after a game against Sickles in January.
And on Sunday, the Panthers senior committed to the Mountaineers.
Taylor, a four-year starter who scored 1,486 career points for the Panthers, also considered offers from DePaul and Coastal Carolina. She made visits to all three, and came away most impressed with Appalachian State.
“She really fell in love with Appalachian State, the people, the town, everything about it,” Plant coach Carrie Mahon said. “When she came back from her visit there, there was definitely a glow about her. She really liked the coaches and she liked the players.”
Taylor led Plant in points (16.3), rebounds (6.5), steals (6.1), assists (4.0) and blocks (1.0).
This season, Appalachian State, located in Boone, N.C., was 19-12 and advanced to the Southern Conference semifinals.
Taylor joins Jefferson’s Jade Givens (North Florida), Tampa Catholic’s Colette Eule (Air Force) and Spoto’s DeAndra Davis (North Carolina A&T) as seniors who have either signed or committed to D-I programs. Top junior Amber Henson of Sickles, ranked the fourth in the nation in her class, last weekend committed to Duke.
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