The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 12, 2014

Bulldogs' Uhrich to play basketball at Neosho County

Carl Junction senior Olivia Uhrich says the easiest part of her basketball career is over. The 5-foot-8 point guard on Friday signed a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball for Neosho County Community College.

“I really don’t know what to expect, I just know it’s going to be tough,” she said. “ ... I’ve got to keep putting in work and it’ll come.”

Uhrich said the Panther coaching staff showed a dedication to hard work which matched her own and ultimately won her over in the recruiting process.

“That really sold me,” she said. “Everything, I have to work for; it’s not given to you. You have to earn your practice jersey there, so that was really important to me.”

Uhrich’s senior season with the Bulldogs ended with an 89-57 loss to Webb City in the Class 4 District 12 semifinal game on March 6, capping a 16-12 season. Uhrich averaged 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in her senior year.

Uhrich said she hopes to move on and compete for a four-year school after finishing at Neosho County.

The Panthers finished 11-20 in their 2013-14 season. They will lose three guards off the roster for the upcoming season, all of whom played in at least 27 of the team’s 31 games this past year. Among them is Ashley Grant who led the team in scoring with 21.3 points per game.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “It’s a big day.”

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