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  • Prep Basketball: Ferrell Now A Falcon

  • Harrisburg senior inks hoops scholarship with SIC
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  • When the basketball season started for Ashley Ferrell, her hopes of playing basketball at the next level were up in the air.
    It was her senior season and it with no scholarship in hand, Ferrell decided she had two choices.
    One, she could go out and just have fun. Two, she could commit herself like she’s never done before in hopes of impressing a college coach along the way.
    Ferrell was able to accomplish both.
    On Thursday, Ferrell signed her scholarship papers to play basketball at Southeastern Illinois College, beginning next fall.
    It’s believed that Ferrell is just the sixth Harrisburg High School girls’ basketball player to ever sign scholarship papers and is the first since Blaine Bundren in 2010.
    Bundren also signed with SIC, but for Ferrell, who helped the Bulldogs to a 20-11 season received some high praise from her head coach Jake Stewart.
    “What she was able to do this year was a big accomplishment for her personally and for this program. She’s in a great opportunity at SIC and for the plans they have. I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
    Ferrell finishes her Harrisburg career leading the Bulldogs averaging 17 points per game, while averaging 2.1 steals, 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.
    The senior guard, who was earlier named to the IHSA Class 2A Honorable Mention All-State team, finds herself as a Southern Illinois River-to-River All-Conference selection for the third year in a row and was named to the Harrisburg Invite All-Tournament team the past four years.
    Ferrell was named to the Eldorado All-Tournament Team the past two years and was named to the Fairfield Merry Mule Tournament Team this past season.
    She was also named to the IBCA 4th Team this past season and the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette Honorable Mention list.
    Ferrell closes out a career as the school’s all-time leading 3-point shooter with 231 and made 96 treys this past season, good enough for most made in a season. Her 1,389 career points leaves her third all time on the school scoring list.
    Ferrell doesn’t shy away from admitting that going into SIC, shooting is her strong suit, but also states what she needs to do to better prepare herself.
    “I have to get stronger, that much I know,” Ferrell said Thursday inside the Harrisburg High School Media Center. “I personally need to work on everything, just because it’s the next level and in college, everyone is 10 times better than they were in high school, but I know I need to get stronger.”
    Ferrell said she enjoys the fact that she was able to sign her National Letter of Intent with a school so close to home.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I think there’s definitely a comfort level with staying close to home. It certainly helped in my decision making.”
    For now, Ferrell is just still trying to let a season in which the Bulldogs won a school record 20 games and won their first regional title in 10-plus year and now inking scholarship papers sink in.
    “I’m really excited and looking forward to taking my game to the next level to see what I can accomplish,” Ferrell said. “A lot of hard work went into this year. It was my senior year, I wanted to really go out on a good note and I didn’t know if I was going to get the chance to play basketball in college, so I wanted to make it the best year I have had.”
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow on twitter: @spydieshooter.
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