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Next level: Bailey to become first Husky to play NCAA Division I hoops

Recent Tuscarora High School graduate Alexis Bailey, shown here pushing the tempo during a 2015 game, is taking her basketball talents to Morehead State University in Kentucky.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat
Tuscarora High School advanced to the Virginia High School League state girls' basketball tournament for the first time in 2015. A key member of that team, Alexis Bailey recently set another program milestone.

Bailey, a class of 2015 graduate, is set to become Tuscarora's first student-athlete to play NCAA Division I hoops after she verbally accepted a scholarship offer to attend and join the basketball program at Morehead State University.

"I knew God had something great for me in the end. I feel like this was the right choice and fit for me," said Bailey, who was recruited to play point guard for the Division I school in Kentucky.

Coached by Greg Todd, Morehead State competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. "They have a real nice basketball facility and a beautiful campus," Bailey added.

Bailey heads to the college ranks following a stellar four-year varsity career at Tuscarora playing for coach Michael Newkirk. Bailey surpassed 1,000 points for her varsity career as a senior, becoming the first Husky to achieve the feat.

As a senior, Bailey averaged 15.5 points and 2.6 assists per game, converted 73 percent from the foul line and connected on 57 shots from 3-point range. A two-time team captain, Bailey garnered first-team All-State accolades and was selected Player of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in her final varsity season.

After winning just two games as a freshman, Bailey noted that she and her teammates had a "common goal that we are going to become district champions, we are going to make it to regionals and we are going to make a state tournament appearance."

Fifth-year Tuscarora (22-4) won the Conference 14 tournament championship and advanced to the final of the 5A North Region tourney en route to earning a first-ever trip to the state playoffs in 2015.

Lauded for her shooting touch and ability to get to the basket, Bailey wants to increase her defensive intensity, gain a quicker first step and release on her jump shot before hitting the college hardwood.

"I plan on setting goals for myself and managing my time wisely," concluded Bailey, who will study graphic design at Morehead State.


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