Lindsey Weidenaar became the second Columbia County student in as many weeks to sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Erskine College.
The senior shooting guard at Lakeside High signed Friday with the Division II school in Due West, S.C. Evans High star Troy Griffith signed with the school April 19.
Like Griffith, Weidenaar said she knew right away that Erskine was where she wanted to continue her career.
"I fit in really well with the team there, so that made the decision easier," the 17-year-old said.
Also, Erskine plays at an up-tempo pace that Weidenaar likes.
"They play really fast and that appealed to me," she said. "It was a lot of running when I played with them, and I liked that."
Weidenaar posted 6.5 points and 1.5 blocks per game in her final season as a Panther.
At 5-foot-11, Weidenaar towered over much of her high-school competition, but she will face mostly taller players at the college level.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to keep playing my game the same way, but it will be different in that I won't be able to block a lot of people's shots," she said.
During the summer, Weidenaar said she intends to work on her defensive skills, even though Lakeside basketball coach Moe McCormick said it's her offensive talents that likely will be used most.
"Lindsey's specialty is the 3-point shot," McCormick said. "I think they'll utilize her initially against zone defenses. As she continues to develop ... they'll find more ways to use her."
But it is Weidenaar's intangibles that might prove to be her biggest asset, McCormick said.
"She was always someone I could count on to be at everything we had, whether it was the team camp or off-season workouts," McCormick said.
"The way she demonstrated her commitment to the program are things we're going to miss and that Erskine will be gaining."
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