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Harness signs with Maryville College

Lady Blue Devil Chelsey Harness reached her collegiate basketball destination last week.
The Unicoi County High School senior made it official on Friday, May 8, by signing to continue her hardwood career with the Maryville College Lady Scots during a ceremony hosted at UCHS.
“I went to a few games and talked to the players and coaches,” Harness said about the recruiting process. “I really loved the campus. It is just a really good atmosphere, and the way they play really suits me there.”
Harness will pursue a Biology degree in the college’s pre-medical program, another added bonus joining the Lady Scots, she said.
“I love the program of study that I’m going into,” Harness added. “That program is really prominent there. It just feels like a great place for me to go to school and keep playing basketball for four more years.”
Success came naturally for the Lady Blue Devil, who finished last season with Three Rivers Conference all-conference honors for head coach Kerri King.
“I feel like physically, she’s just now maturing,” King said on Friday. “As great as a high school player she was, I feel like she has even more promise as a college player because developing and gaining strength and that’ll only be good for her in her career.”
While a Lady Blue Devil, Harness also experienced accolades when the high school season was gearing up by playing with the Lady Rain an AAU-regulated basketball team that takes part in multiple showcases across the national and features a bevy of regional basketball players.
“I think it does,” Harness said about the times with the Lady Blue Devils and Lady Rain helping to reach this point. “My parents always told me that college is a different world and that I needed to be prepared for college ball. My AAU coaches and high school coaches have really helped me prepare for the next level.
“I really enjoyed my four years as a Lady Devil. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I love my team, I love my coaches and I just loved playing for the county. It taught me so much as a person, it made me a better person and better player and I really appreciated that.”
The preparation all across the board will only help the Scots moving forward, according to the head coach Darrin Travillian.
Travillian will enter his sixth year with the NCAA Division III Lady Scots for the 2015-2016 season and has comprised an overall record of 102-30 during his time with the program. The team finished up last season with a 24-6 record overall and 15-1 in the USA South Athletic Conference.
“We are thrilled to add Chelsey to our family,” Travillian said in a phone interview with The Erwin Record. “She has the ability to contribute to our squad from day one because she can finish in traffic as well as hit perimeter shots. We are also excited about her potential to guard multiple positions and rebound.
“Our goal at Maryville is to win championships, and Chelsey is the type of player who can keep us at this level.”