PREP BASKETBALL: West Point’s Oldacre signs with Montevallo

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West Point Lady Warriors guard Miriam Oldacre signs her national letter of intent to play at Montevallo next season alongside her parents and sister Micah. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – Teammates, coaches, friends and family gathered in the library at West Point High School Wednesday to see Lady Warriors guard Miriam Oldacre sign her national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Montevallo next season. Oldacre has won numerous All-County awards during her high school career, reached 1,000 career points last season, helped West Point win its first county title since 2006 and helped lead the Lady Warriors to a Class 5A, Area 14 championship last season.

West Point’s Head Girls Basketball Coach John Welborn has gotten to know Miriam and her family well over their time together and wanted people to know that she was just as special and talented person off the court as she was on it.

“Not only is Miriam a great basketball player, the first time I ever heard her sing I was like, ‘Wow’. I know she’s active in her church a lot, my daughter told me she wanted to go to Macedonia Baptist for bible school because Miriam and Micah are going to be there. So, I know she’s really active with that and she’s just a hard worker,” Welborn said. “When she’s in the weight room and she’s with Steve (Johnson), she’s doing everything 100% all the time. If we’re at practice, it’s 100% all the time. You never see her loafing; you never see her not giving everything she’s got. I know that her mom and dad are proud and we’re all proud and I’m proud of you. I know these last four or five ball games I’ve been on you really hard and that’s because I expect a lot out of you.

Miriam still has some basketball left in front of her at West Point, but she is looking forward to the challenge waiting for her at the next level. She’s excited to test herself and see how her playing career at Montevallo prepares her for life going forward on and off the court.

“It’s a challenge and I definitely like a challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can grow as a player and how much it will help me in the future,” Oldacre said. “It’s something new, something exciting that I’ve never done before so I’m just excited for it.”

Oldacre is going to miss all the relationships with friends, teammates and coaches that she has built at West Point but is excited for the next step knowing that her time in high school prepared her for the college level.

“I’ll definitely miss my teammates and my coach. I’ve played here for four years with the same people and I just love how the community here really supports and cares about athletics here,” Oldacre said. “Coach Welborn has been hard on me so I can deal with being yelled at and handle it because I know that its not about the way he says it, its what he says and my AAU coach really helped me because I was playing against different players that were at a high level and that pushed me to get better also.”

Miriam will continue to add to her career resume with the Lady Warriors Friday night when they host Muscle Shoals.

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