Highland’s Allen will play basketball at ACU

November 14, 2013

Highland’s Sierra Allen (seated third from left) signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Abilene Christian University. She is pictured here with her family after the signing. From left are sister Hannah, father Brent, sister Taylor, mother Michelle and sister Karlie. (Photo by Kit Womble)

Her father Brent went to Abilene Christian University on an athletic scholarship. So did mother Michelle.
And Wednesday, High-land’s Sierra Allen did her part to make sure that her family tradition would continue when she signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at ACU.
“It’s kind of like a dream come true for me,” the 6-0 senior said after a ceremony to announce her signing was held at Highland’s gym.
“I’ve been going to basketball camp (at ACU) since I was real young. For this to happen, it’s unbelievable.”
According to Allen, she was actually visiting another Abilene college when she had a chance encounter with ACU women’s coach Julie Goodenough. After observing Allen at a practice, Goodenough eventually offered her a scholarship to play for the Wildcats.
But unlike her parents — Brent was signed to a track scholarship and Michelle received one in volleyball — Sierra will play basketball at ACU after graduating from Highland next year.
“I’m excited for her,” said Highland coach Shea Bau-com. “She’s worked hard for this (opportunity) and I know she’ll continue to work hard when she gets over there.”
However, Allen still has a few goals to chase before her high school playing days are over.
She knows she and High-land — ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, Division II by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches — will have targets on their backs this season.
A year ago, the Lady Hornets were unranked all season but finished 31-5 and became the first girls team in school history to reach the state tournament in Austin, where they lost to top-ranked Saltillo 41-19 in the semifinals. Sierra, who has earned all-state individual honors the past two years, wants to win a state title her senior year.
“I think it (the No. 1 rank-ing) will make us work har-der because we’re the bulls-eye now,” she said. “Prob-ably the main goal I’ve set for myself is to be a leader. Our focus will be to finish the job this year.
“We were disappointed when we lost (in the semifinals) last year, but after everything was over, I was just gratified to get to go up there. I know it motivated me to see how much further we can go.”
As for playing college basketball, Allen said, “I felt it’s something I need to do. It’s my ministry.”
she continued. “It’s something I want to do, and do it to the best of my ability.”

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