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Women's Basketball Signs Four

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Pittsburg State head women's basketball coach Lane Lord is pleased to announce the signing of four gifted high school athletes. Darcy Baird, Shelby Lopez, Brenlee McPherson and Isabel Morris will join the Gorillas for the 2015-16 season.



Darcy Baird is a 6-2 forward from Centertown, Mo. She attends Helias Catholic High School and is coached by Doug Light. She averages 10 points and eight rebounds a game for the Crusaders. Last season she helped the team win Missouri Class 4A district and sectional titles, while reaching the final eight. She earned MBCA All-District honors ans was named to the Great Eight All-Tournament team. Darcy is the daughter of David and Kim Baird. She has not yet decided on a major at Pittsburg State.

"Darcy is a talented forward that will be able to play the 4 or 5 positions for us at Pitt State," Lord said. "She has the ability to handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter as well as use her size to post up. Defensively, Darcy will be able to guard both four and five players in the MIAA."

Shelby Lopez is a 5-11 guard/forward from Wichita, Kan. She attends Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and is coached by Taylor Dugan. She averages 12 points and six rebound sper game for the Eagles. She earned all-state honors in 2014 and all city honors in 2013 and 2014. Lopez also is a talented soccer players, twice earning first-team all-state honors. Shelby is the daughter of Keith and Stephani Lopez. She is undecided on a major at Pittsburg State.

"Shelby is a versatile guard that can play the two, three or four positions," Lord said. "We are excited about Shelby's athleticism and her competiveness. Shelby can really shoot the basketball from the perimeter and she is physical enough to get to the paint and score as well. Shelby comes from an outstanding high school program and really understands how to play the game."

Brenlee McPherson is a 5-11 guard from Carl Junction, Mo. She attends Carl Junction High School where she is coached by Brad Shorter. For her career, McPherson has averaged 11.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She was named the Big 8 Conference Player of the Year in 2012-13 and 2013-14. She has alos been a three-time all-district honoree. McPherson played for the Missouri Phenom AAU team that took the AAU National title in 2014. Brenlee is the daughter of Judd and Carmen McPherson. She plans to major in accounting at Pittsburg State.

"Brenlee is a physical guard and will be able to do a lot of things to help us out immediately," Lord said. "She has great size for a guard, she can shoot it and she has all the intangibles that you could want. She's going to be a great addition to our program."

Isabel (Izzy) Morris is a 6-1 forward from Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. She attends Osage High School and is coached by Scott Roland. She earned first-team All-Tr-County Conference honors in both 2013 and 2014 and earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association all-district honors in 2014. She averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game in her junior season. She also played AAU basketball for the Columbia Sparkz, coached by Earl Salmons. Izzy is the daughter of Tali Quick and Tim and Christine Cisar. She is undecided on a major at Pittsburg State.

"Izzy is that true post presence that every college coach in America wants!" Lord said. "She does a great job rebounding and playing post defense. Izzy runs the floor well and uses her size and strength effectively. Izzy will be able to match up with the tremendous size we have at the post position in the MIAA." 
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