Adams headed to KWC to play hoops
Gracie Adams, a 2021 graduate of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, will continue playing a sport she’s been involved with for about 10 years.
“I joined the (basketball) league at my church when I was about 10 because I thought it seemed fun,” said Adams. “Then, once I got out there and was able to compete against everybody, I fell in love with the game and never looked back.”
Adams, who played small forward/wing as a Lady Eagle at Lanesville, broke the 1,000-point scoring mark this past season. Among her other honors are being named first-team Academic All-State for 2021 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and one of 15 seniors to earn IBCA/Franciscan Health “Supreme 15” All-State honors for small schools for the 2020-21 season.
Adams’ best memory, though, she said is when her team won its first sectional.
“We made history,” she said. “The atmosphere at both the semi-final and championship game was an unreal experience.”
While basketball was her main sport, Adams ran track since junior high school and competed in tennis her senior year.
Now, Adams is heading to Kentucky Wesleyan College, a NCAA Division II school in Owensboro, where she will be a member of the Panthers’ basketball team. KWC is a founding member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The daughter of Levi and Wendy Adams, the soon-to-be college freshman said she is looking forward to having the independence and learning to grow and do things” on her own.
“I also look forward to meeting new people and being a part of a new atmosphere,” she added.
At KWC, Adams plans to major in business administration.
“After hearing many great things about KWC from everyone I had talked to and touring the campus and meeting the coaches, I felt that the support from not only the coaches, but the community was very strong, and I felt I would feel most at home there.”
Adams, who turned 18 earlier this month, anticipates playing as a small forward but said she is willing to play whatever position is needed.
About her time at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, Adams said she will miss the community support the most.
“I will also miss the close-knit relationships I had but I will always know that those relationships will last a lifetime,” she said.
Adams expressed appreciation for her coaches, teammates, community and family for the support they have shown her through the years.