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McFarland signs with Erskine

Posted: April 20, 2013 - 11:06pm
Evans senior guard Allysha McFarland, 17, signs a letter of intent to play basketball for Erskine College on Wednesday, surrounded by her parents, Antoine and Michelle Martin, and Lady Knights coach Ryan Morningstar.  Photo By Valerie Rowell
Photo By Valerie Rowell
Evans senior guard Allysha McFarland, 17, signs a letter of intent to play basketball for Erskine College on Wednesday, surrounded by her parents, Antoine and Michelle Martin, and Lady Knights coach Ryan Morningstar.

When the clock is ticking down and the game is on the line, that’s when Allysha McFarland shines.

The Evans High School senior guard, known for her ability to sink clutch 3-pointers, is the rock of her basketball team.

“She’s just a pure shooter,” coach Ryan Morningstar said. “When the games get uncomfortable, that’s when she’s most comfortable. Totally poised. When we needed a big shot late in the game, we definitely put the ball in her hands.

“She’s the kind of kid who wants the ball in her hands when the pressure is on and can handle it.”

Allysha’s ability to remain cool under pressure will be an asset as she begins her college basketball career.

On Wednesday, she signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Division II Erskine College next year.

The campus and small class sizes at the Due West, S.C., campus drew Allysha, 17, to Erskine, where she plans to study business management. She’s been recruited as a shooting guard.

During her senior season, only her second at Evans since moving from Annapolis, Md., Allysha excelled in her natural shooting guard position and filled in as point.

Allysha is confident all over the court as an aggressive defensive player and ball handler, Morningstar said.

She’s known for her late-game confidence, Morningstar said, and sank 49 three-pointers during the season. Allysha also was one of the team’s top scorers averaging 15.9 points a game and led the team in assists with a 4.5 per game average.

“I love doing things at the last minute,” Allysha said of her clutch-time calm. “I’m a procrastinator. “

It is her senior leadership on and off the court that helped Allysha lead the Lady Knights to a 19-9 record and to the state play-offs.

Morningstar said Allysha is well-rounded and has everything it takes to be successful in college basketball.

“I was fortunate enough to have a player like her for the first two years,” said Morningstar.

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