Mimi Gray, a four-year for the Sterlington Lady Panthers, will attend Baton Rouge Community College on a basketball scholarship.
Sterlington guard Mimi Gray is taking her game to the next level. Accompanied by family and friends, Gray signed a letter-of-intent to attend Baton Rouge Community College during a Friday morning ceremony in the school library.
A four-year starter for the Lady Panthers, Gray averaged 14.5 rebounds, 7.8 points and 3 assists en route to leading the Lady Panthers to a 24-9 record and earning first-team All-District 2-2A honors.
Gray saved two of her best games for the postseason, including an 18-point effort in a 46-42 victory over Pickering as the Lady Panthers notched their first playoff win since 2012. She finished her career with a 27-point effort in a 67-59 second-round loss to No. 1 seed Rapides.
Gray chose BRCC over Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) and Neosho (Kansas) community colleges.
“Basically when I went on my visit, (BRCC) felt like home,” Gray said. “It’s an amazing place, and I felt comfortable there.”
Gray isn’t the member of the Sterlington athletics fraternity headed to BRCC. Derrick Williams, an assistant coach to Cory Emerson for Sterlington’s boys team, has accepted a position on coach Paula Lee’s staff at BRCC. Earlier this year, Sterlington center fielder Sydnee Davis signed to play softball for the Lady Bears.
Williams’ addition to the staff was a bonus for Gray.
“Having coach Williams down there is going to be a big help. I didn’t know he was going there until after I committed,” Gray said. “Basically, without coach Williams, I wouldn’t be here. He worked with me over the offseason to get me where I want to be.”
Gray was hoping — but not expecting — to sign a scholarship.
“This is something I have always wanted to do,” Gray said. “All three of my brothers wanted to play college basketball and never got the opportunity. I’m blessed…