For the past four years, Central High School basketball's Abby Morgan has been lighting up the court, both at home and beyond. Now, the Lady Raider will get to write the next chapter of her basketball story.
Morgan signed a letter of intent on Thursday, April 11 to play for Cumberland University starting in the 2019 season.
"I'm definitely excited and I'll miss my team but I think this will be a good chapter," Morgan said. "It's definitely been a goal ever since I started playing basketball so it was really awesome to accomplish this."
Morgan had a standout career with CHS, capped off by helping lead the Lady Raiders to a 28-5 record this past season. Morgan also reached 1,000 career points as a Lady Raider on Dec. 21 against Nashville Central Christian.
"We're so proud for her. Cumberland's getting a heck of a player and a very special young lady," Coach Joe Pat Cope said. "She can be full speed behind her back and make an immediate pass with her left hand. She sees 360 and that's hard to find."
Cumberland, located in Lebanon, appealed to Morgan due to its close proximity to home. She also liked the atmosphere and the team's coaching staff.
The Cumberland Phoenix play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Mid-South Conference. Phoenix head coach Scott Blum was impressed by Morgan's skill on the court as well as her intensity.
"She does a lot of those intangibles that you can't really teach," Blum said. "She looks like a little John Stockton in a young lady."
Morgan is looking forward to getting the chance to make an impact on her new team this upcoming season. Her parents have been mainstays in the CHS stands since her two older sisters' Lady Raider playing days, but they are looking forward to cheering Morgan on in a new arena at the next level.
"It's not just a dream for her but a dream for us too to see her reach her accomplishments," Amy Morgan said. "It just makes me glad that next winter I won't have to worry about being bored because I still have basketball games to go to."
While Morgan is excited to begin her collegiate career, Morgan acknowledges that she wouldn't be here without the support she received in Manchester and Coffee County over the years.
"Honestly there's too many people, I can't name them all," Morgan said. "I've had a lot of help along the way."