TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — On Friday in the Eastern High School lobby, one day after the Lady Eagles’ basketball season came to an end, EHS senior Hannah Bailey signed her letter of intent to join the Muskingum University women’s basketball team.
“I’ve always had the dream of going to college to play basketball,” said Bailey, who missed the majority of her senior season due to injury. “I’ve had a lot of fun here at Eastern, I’m defiantly going to miss it, but I’m excited to go out and do my own thing. With me getting hurt, a lot of people have doubted me, so that just gives me more motivation to exceed at the collegiate level.”
Bailey was a freshman member of Eastern’s 2014 state championship squad and is the sixth Lady Eagle from that team to sign to play basketball in college. Along with missing time in her senior season, Hannah also lost part of her junior campaign to injury.
“I wish her nothing but the best and with her work ethic I think she’ll come back stronger,” EHS head coach Jacob Parker said. “She is a very coachable kid, which will excel her at the collegiate level. With her being that coachable already and with her being a student of the game, I see great things in her future.”
Coach Parker noted that even though Hannah was out for the year, she was still an integral part of the Lady Eagles’ run to the Sweet 16 this winter.
“She’s been there every night,” Coach Parker said. “Whether it be throwing some passes to work on our post play, bringing ice and water, or running the clock for us in practice, she’s stayed right there through the whole thing. She’s so much a part of this team in holding that senior leadership, talking to and helping out the younger players.”
During her four years at EHS, Bailey helped the Lady Eagles to a 84-19 overall record.
Muskingum University is an NCAA Division III school and competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
“My sister went there, I went to visit her a couple times and I really love that college,” Bailey said of Muskingum. “They contacted me and it just kind of worked out. I’ve talked a lot with the head coach, and I’ve had lunch with the team.”
This past season, the Muskies were 10-15 overall, including 6-12 in the OAC.
Hannah — who holds a 3.57 grade-point-average and is ranked 12 in the EHS senior class — plans on pursuing a degree in athletic training.
In addition to her four years on the EHS basketball team, Bailey has also been a four-year member of the Eastern softball team and a one-year member of the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team. As a junior, Bailey earned a first team spot on the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division softball team.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.