Lovelace signs with Milligan University to pursue basketball career | Sports

Nina Lovelace of Morristown West had one goal in mind when she started playing sports at a young age.

This goal was to play at the college level.

That’s a goal Lovelace reached on Wednesday night by signing with Milligan University to further his college and basketball career. After years of hard work and dedication, she couldn’t be happier to see all of this pay off.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a while,” Lovelace said. “It feels good to finally be engaged. I am happy to have finally set it in stone.

Choosing Milligan was an easy choice for her as she plans to go to pediatrics in addition to playing basketball.

“Everything about Milligan helped me with my decision,” she said. “They are very attached to academics and that has always been a big part of my life. The basketball program is awesome and the coaches are all welcoming. It really looks like a good fit.

Lovelace has spent the past three years with the Lady Trojans basketball program under the direction of head coach Johnny Galyon. She still has a season to go with a Morristown West uniform before she can focus on college basketball.

Galyon has watched Lovelace grow every year in high school and couldn’t have asked for a better player.

“Lovelace has always played the game the right way,” said Galyon. “She is an excellent teammate and she is very coachable. Having her in this program the last few years has been special.

In her sophomore year, she averaged just over 13 points per game and climbed to almost 15 points per game in her first year. Lovelace also led the Lady Trojans to bounce back those two years.

She wants to keep improving as she enters her senior season.

“I want to continue to help my team and be a great asset,” said Lovelace. “I’m delighted to play another year and see what I can improve. “

Lovelace has also been named to the All-District and All-Lakeway teams for the past two seasons.

Galyon believes her potential is far from being achieved and the Milligan Lady Buffaloes will adopt a player who has the potential to break records.

“I don’t think it’s outdated at all,” Galyon said. “She’s one of the best shooters in East Tennessee, with unlimited reach. (Milligan) becomes a solid player. I won’t be surprised if she goes up there and breaks records.

Lovelace has also played volleyball during her career with Morristown West and just completed her last season where she won the District 2-AAA Libero of the Year title in addition to being part of the All-District team. .

Before wearing a Lady Buffaloes uniform, she hopes to add even more to her resume as a basketball player.

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