Martins Mill guard Jenkins signs with McNeese

Martins Mills guard Haily Jenkins (center) signed a national leter of intent to play basketball at McNeese State on Wednesday. Seated with Jenkins are coach Doug Barncastle (left) and Martins Mills superintendent Todd Schneider. (Courtesy photo)

MARTINS MILL — Martins Mill senior Haily Jenkins signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at McNeese State on Wednesday morning.

The all-state guard averaged 26.5 points, 11 assists, three steals and seven rebounds in 2011-12 to help the Lady Mustangs reach the state tournament for the seventh consecutive season.

“I chose McNeese because of the dedication and love I felt from the team and the coaching staff … dedicated in a common goal: winning,” Jenkins said. “I felt as if I was already a part of them when I was down there. The team is so special, all willing to work hard, and I can’t wait to actually be a part.”

As a junior after transferring from Crandall, Jenkins averaged 18 points, 5.4 assists and seven assists per game to earn all-state and all-region honors, helping lead the Lady Mustangs to the 1A state final.

“Haily’s accomplishments speak for itself,” McNeese coach Brooks Donald Williams said. “The kid can score. She has a knack to score. She is very crafty and can shoot it from deep. She lives the game and has a passion for it. She is a gym rat. She is a great addition to our program.”

Jenkins said she excited about continuing her basketball career in Lake Charles, La.

“Coach Williams is such a wonderful and special lady,” Jenkins said. “Her dedication and time she puts in and out of every day, to make everyone better, on and off the court, is another reason of many why I knew I would love to play for her. McNeese is a special place and I am so proud to say I will be a Cowgirl!” contributed to this report

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