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Tyler Signs in Women's Basketball

5/25/2011

 
Tyler Signing: On hand for the ceremony are, from left, seated, Lady Redskin coaches, Assistant Coach Ken McMullin, Head Coach Marty Moore, Tyler, and WBC Lady Eagle Coach Carol Halford; standing, Jeremy Sifford, teammates, Brianna Tharp, Laura Junkersfeld, Amy Picket, family members, Rene and Ronnie Tyler, parents, and Katie Tyler, sister, teammates, Katie Martin, Hannah Lakey, Maty Blanchard and Courtney Baltz. (Star-Herald photo/Susan Johnson)
Pocahontas senior Haley Tyler inked with the Lady Eagles, electing to play basketball at the collegiate level at Williams Baptist College.

Tyler, a 5-foot-10 guard, helped lead the Pocahontas Lady Redskins to a 23-7 record and the Class 4A state tournament during her senior year at PHS.

Lady Redskin head coach Marty Moore defended Tyler as a “great defender” as well as a “great shooter.”

“She’s just a super kid who’s going to do whatever they ask,” Moore said. “She’s been a leader for us, and she’s going to be a hard one to replace.”

WBC ladies coach Carol Halford said she had observed Tyler develop as a player, stating she would be a great addition to the Lady Eagle basketball program.

“We keep in close contact with Pocahontas,” Halford said. “She worked out with us and feel she’s a good fit for us.”

Halford listed Tyler’s strengths has having “good size in the perimeter” and added Tyler would play “some” at the guard position.

“She has good size for a guard,” Halford said. “We’re hoping to beef her up a little. She’s going to be a real asset for WBC, not only as an athlete but also as a student.”

Tyler earned all-conference and all-state tournament honors as a senior. She closed the season with strong performances in the final two games, producing 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a victory over Clinton in the regional third-place game. Tyler scored 17 points in Pocahontas’ state tournament loss to Gravette.

Moore said Tyler, who played in the Sun Senior Classic, would often guard the opponent's best player. She averaged 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Lady Redskins.

Tyler said she chose WBC because she liked the fit and because it was close to home.

“Whenever I went and played with the team (Lady Eagles) it felt really natural,” Tyler said. “I liked the small campus setting and it’s also close to home.”

Story courtesy of Pocahontas Star-Herald.

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