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South Pemiscot's Carrie Shephard signs with Mizzou

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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South Pemiscot's Carrie Shephard is pictured signing with the University of Missouri. Shephard is surrounded by family and coaches.
At her high school in South Pemiscot on Wednesday morning, Bulldogs senior point guard Carrie Shephard signed her letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Missouri.

Shephard said that she had went on a visit to Missouri last season, but really saw her recruitment from the Tigers pick up early summer, towards the beginning of AAU season. "I took my official visit this year", Shephard said. She continued, "I got to attend their Black Out game, where they defeated Tennessee. That was a really cool experience."

Shephard said it didn't take to long after their interest picked up for her to make her decision. Shephard said, "I had told my mom and coaches that I wanted to commit before July, because things would start to get hectic around that time. At the time, I was still unsure of where I would go, but I always said that God would put me where I want to be." She continued, "I was at church one day, and they asked me one day what I didn't like about Missouri. I thought about it for a few minutes, but I couldn't come up with a single thing. Then I realized that it was the perfect fit, so I called Coach (Robin) Pingeton and told her I was committing."

From her biography on ESPN.com, "The 5-4 point guard from Steele, Mo., put up major numbers both scoring and passing the basketball. Shephard is blessed with a strong frame that allows her to absorb contact and still be effective handling the ball. She is shifty off the bounce and has the juice in her game to attack off the dribble and create space at any given time with an array of pull-back moves and counters."

Despite her obvious on court talents, Shephard pointed in another direction when asked what her best skills were. "I believe it's my character", Shephard said. She continued, "I have the will to work hard and I love winning. Hard work always brings good results. My will, drive, and what I stand for is what makes me a good basketball player.

Shephard noted that there would have to be some improvements in her game when she gets to the next level. "I feel like I may have to work on my aggressiveness", Shephard said. She continued, "I can't be scared to play my game. I will also have to continue to be coachable. If I'm needed to step up the defensive pressure, I'm going to have to do it. There may be things they ask me to do that I haven't done, so I need to work on those things, so if I'm called upon to do that I'll be ready."

South Pemiscot's girls basketball coach Brad Phillips has only been coaching the Lady Bulldogs since June, but he can already see the special talent that Shephard possesses. "I heard some great things about Carrie before I took the job here", Phillips said. He continued, "The opportunity to coach her in her senior season is one of the many reasons I came here. Her work ethic is what makes her a terrific player. She spends a ton of time in the gym, and goes up against the guys quite often. She is certainly a special talents, and to have the opportunity to play at the University of Missouri is an amazing achievement. I'm extremely excited for her. It means a lot to this school and this community, and we will be rooting for her."

Shephard is one of two players that have signed letters of intent to the University of Missouri, the other being Abrianna Porter, of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO. Upon announcing Missouri's signees, head coach Robin Pingeton said the following about her recruiting class; "We couldn't be more thrilled. I feel like we are getting two first-class ladies into our program. They are both high-character, high-integrity student-athletes. They are tremendous students in the classroom and very talented basketball players. It has been fun to build this program and see the growth over the years and these are two excellent additions to our program." On Shephard in particular, Pingeton said, "Carrie is a very talented young lady. She certainly makes up for her lack of height in her quickness, speed, court vision, heart and toughness. She is a student of the game who just loves to play. Class 2A Player of the Year, she reached over a 1,000 points by her sophomore season. She has the ability to do a little bit of everything. She has the ability to score in a variety of ways, she plays with great toughness on the defensive end, and has a great understanding of the game. She will definitely add some much needed depth to our point guard position."

Carrie's list of achievements include but are not limited to, earning All Conference and All District in basketball her freshmen through junior years, and All Region and All State her sophomore and junior years. She also earned All Conference in volleyball all four years in high school, and All District her junior and senior years. On top of her excellent play on the court, Shephard also maintained excellence in the classroom. Shephard currently boasts a 3.875 GPA, and has been voted as class president every year since seventh grade.

"I want to thank my school and community for all their support", Shephard said. She continued, "I also want to thank my coaches, family, friends teammates, opponents, and of course the University of Missouri and their coaches for giving me this amazing opportunity. There is a ton of tremendous talent in the nation that would love to play basketball there, and I'm extremely grateful that they chose me."


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Seen her play, and is very talented. Can run full speed, stop on a dime, and pull up for a jumper. Hard to do. Congrats to her! Represent SEMO well! GOOD Luck

-- Posted by Walt Jr. on Thu, Nov 14, 2013, at 7:58 AM


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