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Prep basketball: McCoy commits to St. Mary's

Canyon senior-to-be verbals to NCAA Division I program

Posted: May 16, 2012 7:50 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2012 7:50 p.m.

Canyon junior basketball player Alia McCoy has the opportunity to close out her career next season as one of the greatest player’s in school history.

One college has recognized that and has thus swooped her up with a scholarship.

McCoy, a two-time All-Santa Clarita Valley and All-Foothill League first-teamer has verbally committed to NCAA Division I St. Mary’s College in Moraga (Northern California).

The 5-foot, 11-inch junior said she had a wish list of schools early on and St. Mary’s didn’t appear on it. Then the school started to pursue her and she took an unofficial visit there last week where she fell in love with the college and the program.
“I had no intention of verballing, but I went up there and loved the school,” she said.

McCoy is a three-year varsity player who has 1,026 points, 645 rebounds, 129 assists and 216 steals in her career. She averaged 15.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season.

McCoy is also one of the valley’s top defensive players over the last three seasons and has helped lead the Cowboys to three-straight Foothill League titles.

Prior to McCoy’s arrival, the only Canyon girls basketball league championship was in 1973.

The Cowboys have also reached the quarterfinals in three consecutive CIF-Southern Section postseasons.

“She’s been everything,” said Canyon head coach Chuck Johns. “She’s been there and put us back on the map.”

The do-it-all forward has also displayed one of the most complete games in the Santa Clarita Valley with her ability to create offense from the inside and outside.

Her versatility will be challenged as St. Mary’s will move her from power forward to the wing.

“I’m really excited (about the change), “ McCoy said. “I always wanted to play wing, but never had the confidence to.”

To help her with the change, her club team and Canyon will feature her more in the backcourt over the course of the next year.

She’ll take all of her skills to a successful program in St. Mary’s of the West Coast Conference.

Over the last three seasons, the Gaels have 62 wins.

They went 22-11 in 2011-12.


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