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Townes commits to play basketball at Virginia University of Lynchburg

Dekeda Townes, the shooting guard with the picture-perfect jump shot for the Comets varsity girls’ basketball team, will play collegiate basketball for Virginia University of Lynchburg. The basketball program at Virginia University of Lynchburg is in its infancy, meaning Townes may get an early shot at playing time, according to Comets girls’ varsity basketball head coach Matthew McCargo.

“I think it will be a really good fit for her,” said McCargo.  We went up and visited with coach George Hampton, and he’s a really young, energetic, people-type person who stressed [Townes] getting a degree.

“The classrooms are really small, and she will get a lot of individual attention so that she will thrive in the classroom.”

“The school is rebuilding the athletic program, and [Hampton] wanted girls like Dekeda, who will be there as a freshman and grow in the program for four years,” McCargo explained.

“He said she’ll go through tremendous changes in the next four years, and so will the athletic program.”

McCargo said Townes’ best role would be as a shooting guard and mid-range scorer.

“You can inside players and three-point shooters, but a mid-range scorer is something of a rarity, and she’s the perfect mid-range scorer.”

Virginia University of Lynchburg will initially play in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, and Townes is receiving almost a full scholarship to play basketball, McCargo added.

Townes is the third member of the ultra successful 2010-2011 Comets varsity girls’ basketball team to accept a scholarship to play collegiate basketball, following in the footsteps of Melyse Brown and Destiny Betts.

Two others, Shameika Canada and Ashley Leachman, have joined the United States Marine Corps.

“Both cold have easily gotten scholarships, but they made that commitment early on the buddy system,” said McCargo. 

“We’re happy they had a plan and followed through with it.

“The program is growing, and we’re right on schedule.  We wanted to send girls off to college, and the more we prepare them to have success at the next level, the more successful we’ll be.

“It’s been paying off, and if we continue to prepare them for the next level, wins will take care of themselves.”

Townes said it was hard to believe she was getting almost a full ride to play collegiate basketball, something she’s always dreamed of doing.

“I’m almost speechless,” said Townes, who said she felt comfortable with the campus and her new coach.

“My teammates here (Halifax County) were very special to me, and now I want to help my new team win games,” she said.