By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Crosshill Christian Girls Basketball Head Coach Scot White had two things him and his coaching staff repeated every day at practice for their squad:
“All it takes is all you have” and “Hard Work Makes Dreams Come True”.
Kaylee Bell lived up to the billing, those two sayings, as the six-foot-one-inch Senior signed her Letter of Intent to Northwest University for Women’s Basketball earlier this past week.
“Kaylee worked so hard both on the offensive and defensive end of the court. She was a threat inside and outside on offense. Kaylee worked hard on her man to man “D” and became a defensive nightmare for teams,” said White. “She jumped in without hesitation leading our team every day in devotion at the end of practice. Kaylee getting to the next level is big for our program.”
Her leadership traits and her athletic ability to play at the low and high post positions caught the eye of NU Head Coach Ken Crawford said in a press release of the signing, adding depth to the position for the Eagles up in Kirkland, Washington. NU went 10-21 overall and 8-12 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play in 2020.
For the Turner Eagles squad, who in Bell’s freshman year three years ago reached the second round of the 1A playoffs and went 19-8 that year, it serves to the program that next level is a possibility at their level.
“Kaylee getting to the next level is big for our program. We lose great athletes every year to bigger schools (3A-6A). There are two reasons why these athletes leave., number one (they) can’t afford the tuition, (and) number two, they think that if they play at a bigger school they will have a better chance at playing in college,” said White. “One of our biggest goals of our coaching staff was figuring out how to keep athletes at Crosshill. Kaylee making it to the next level will give these young athletes hope that it can be done.”
Bell helped Crosshill Christian to a 9-16 overall record and 5-9 record in the Casco League, finishing a game behind Falls City of fifth and the final league playoff spot this past season.