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Hartselle junior commits to Samford women’s basketball

Hartselle’s Masyn Marchbanks has made her choice. 

The junior guard committed to Samford University basketball and Coach Carley Kuhns Saturday afternoon in a commitment ceremony at the Hartselle Civic Center. 

It was an undeniable direction God was leading me in,” said Marchbanks. “I’ve always wanted to be coached by a woman, and the way Coach Carley Kuhns leads her team is something I knew I wanted to be part of. 

Marchbanks chose the Lady Bulldogs over offers from at least 18 other schools, including North Carolina, South Alabama, Air Force, UAB, Princeton, Columbia and UT-Chattanooga. 

Marchbanks has played varsity basketball for the Lady Tigers since the eighth grade. She is averaging 18.5 points per game this season.  

She scored a career-high 33 points in Hartselle’s win over Muscle Shoals this past week. 

She has helped the Lady Tigers to a 15-2 overall record and 4-0 in area play. 

Marchbanks will join two other players from Morgan County at Samford when she arrives on campus: Kathleen Wheeler, of Priceville, is a redshirt freshman, and Katie Jones, of Decatur Heritageis a freshman. 

With Samford being such a prestigious university,” Marchbanks said, I knew I’d get the academic and athletic experience I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl.