Back-to-back Region II-4A appearances in the basketball semifinals at Commerce helped two Pleasant Grove girls earn scholarships.
Shanequa Henry and Miaya Ware will be continuing their education and athletic careers. Henry is bound for Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilberton, Okla. Ware will be playing for the Tyler Junior College Apaches the next two years.
A third young lady signing Thursday at Hawk Gym was track and field star Jazzmine Harvey. Harvey transferred to Pleasant Grove from Justin Northwest, near Fort Worth. She earned her Division I pact with Arkansas State University after clearing 5-10 as a junior at Northwest. He best at Pleasant Grove was 5-8.
Gibson excited about girls scholarships
“These are very exciting times for the kids and the families,” said Pleasant Grove Athletic Director Josh Gibson. “Less than three or four percent of high school graduates get scholarship help.
“I’m real thankful to our administration and teachers. They understand athletics plays a huge role in our student’s lives. I also want to thank the coaches, who spend a ton of time with the ladies in their sports. Also, thanks to their biggest fans, and that’s their parents and family.
“I want to thank the three young ladies. They’ve made Pleasant Grove a better place. They’ve made our school a better place, and our girl’s basketball team has rocked the last four years with this senior class. We’re really proud of these girls.”
Eastern Oklahoma first step for Henry
Henry is a two-time selection to the Fox Sports Texarkana All-Star Team. She’ll be a shooting guard at Eastern Oklahoma, and is considering Tulsa or Baylor as her next step.
“I feel confident I can carry my talent to the next level,” said Henry, who is one of six seniors that finished the 2019-2020 season at 27-5. Henry is the daughter of Ricky and Rosetta Henry.
Harvey was also recruited by Texas Tech. She is the daughter of Lance and Kimberley Harvey.
Ware also had two or three other offers before settling on Tyler Junior College. Her parents are Robert and Sharetha Dodd.