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Her father Brent went to Abilene Christian University on an athletic scholarship. So did mother Michelle.
And Wednesday, High-landâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like a dream come true for me,â€ť the 6-0 senior said after a ceremony to announce her signing was held at Highlandâ€™s gym.
â€śIâ€™ve been going to basketball camp (at ACU) since I was real young. For this to happen, itâ€™s unbelievable.â€ť
According to Allen, she was actually visiting another Abilene college when she had a chance encounter with ACU womenâ€™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 â€” Brent was signed to a track scholarship and Michelle received one in volleyball â€” Sierra will play basketball at ACU after graduating from Highland next year.
â€śIâ€™m excited for her,â€ť said Highland coach Shea Bau-com. â€śSheâ€™s worked hard for this (opportunity) and I know sheâ€™ll continue to work hard when she gets over there.â€ť
However, Allen still has a few goals to chase before her high school playing days are over.
She knows she and High-land â€” ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, Division II by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches â€” 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.
â€śI think it (the No. 1 rank-ing) will make us work har-der because weâ€™re the bulls-eye now,â€ť she said. â€śProb-ably the main goal Iâ€™ve set for myself is to be a leader. Our focus will be to finish the job this year.
â€śWe 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.â€ť
As for playing college basketball, Allen said, â€śI felt itâ€™s something I need to do. Itâ€™s my ministry.â€ť
she continued. â€śItâ€™s something I want to do, and do it to the best of my ability.â€ť