Rossview senior basketball player Kayla Gilmore signed a national letter of intent this week to attend school and play basketball for Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn.

Gilmore joins another Rossview alumnus Mickey Head on the Lady Wildcats’ roster. Head transferred to Bethel from Martin Methodist University.

A true power forward, Gilmore averaged 10 points per game and 7 rebounds last year for Justin Wood’s Lady Hawks squad. She shot 63% from the floor last year.

“Kayla is such a valuable person in our program,” Woods said of Gilmore. “She represents everything I want a Lady Hawk basketball player to be. She is an excellent student; she is a high character kid and a good citizen in our building and in the community. She is a hard worker on the court, does extra work, and strives to be her best everyday. She has become a strong leader for this team both vocally and by example. I hink she is primed and ready for a great senior season.

“I am so proud of Kayla and I’m very excited about her future. Bethel is getting a good one!”

Gilmore’s next coach, Chris Nelson, was excited about his new player.

“What attracted us to Kayla was her overall skill level, in particular her footwork and general approach to the game,” Nelson said. “We see her playing the four, and our system is designed to run through the four, so that makes her an important addition to our program.”

Nelson, who is a graduate of Bethel, is in his 14th year as coach of the women’s basketball program. The Lady Wildcats were 28-6 last year.

PICTURED: First row, from left Rossview assistant coach Vic Shelton, Kayla Gilmore, and Rossview head coach Justin Woods. Standing, Bethel assistant coach Meagan Price and head coach Chris Nelson. RYAN VINSON PHOTO

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