For every season of her prep career, Plainview senior Kelli Crager has been to Louisiana prep girls basketball’s biggest stage.
Crager will look to add on to that big-game experience in college as she signed with LSU of Alexandria Friday.
The All-Cenla honorable mention selection joins Mamou’s Kierra Griffin as part of LSUA’s newcomers for the 2015-16 season.
“I chose LSUA because it was the closest college around me,” Crager said. “I feel like it’s going to be a comfortable fit for me.”
This season, Crager averaged 18.6 points, five rebounds and 3.3 steals per game en route to being named the District 5-C most valuable player and to the LHSCA All-Star Game in Shreveport as a member of the West team.
“Playing in the All-Star Game helped me out, because I got a chance to play against other players who were also being recruited,” Crager said. “I believe that experience will help me in the long run.”
While with the Hornets, Crager helped lead them to six straight trips to the Ladies Top 28. This season, Plainview went 26-10 and fell to Class C champion Summerfield in the semifinals.
“I am extremely proud of her,” Plainview coach Justin Miller said. “She’s earned this opportunity and she’s constantly put in work to get it. It’s a testament to who she is.”
Miller realized Crager’s leadership qualities during the 2013-14 season, when Plainview lost four of five games.
“Last year, we went through a rough patch,” Miller said. “Instead of complaining, Kelli led by example. That’s the sign of a true leader.”
While she cannot wait to embark on her new journey, Crager will miss the memories she has made at Plainview.
“I’m definitely going to miss my teammates and coach Miller,” Crager said.