Kaitlyn Gambill from Crocker has been one of the hardest working players for the Lady Lions. She graduated in May, but will continue her education and athletics at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar this fall.

Gambill plans to major in physical education and minor in children's ministries. She said this on what it is like to work towards playing in college, “To play basketball at a college level has always been a dream of mine and it seems it’s almost in reach. As of right now, I’ll be practicing with SBU women’s basketball team, but hope that hard work and dedication to the team will help me to work my way up to playing D2 college basketball. My role as of right now on the team is to be the toughest and most encouraging practice squad member. I can’t wait to get in the gym and start working again.”

She played in two All-Star games this summer. Gambill competed in the Missouri Challenge in Springfield that was held at Drury University in June and the Gerald Pilz and Friends All-Star game a few weeks ago that was held at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout Missouri.

She said this about what her favorite memory in high school was, “My favorite memory from high school basketball would have to be my senior year. We went from having five wins my junior year to 14 my senior year. To be a key leader on that team, to play with a group of girls like I did and for a coach like mine was the best thing. It felt so good winning games and getting better and it was a great way to end my high school basketball career. “

She also said about how to learn from her competition during the year and how how she kept focused, “The one person that ever stopped me from, ‘doing my best’ or playing the way I knew I could was always myself. Throughout high school my mind was always my biggest enemy and I learned that I couldn’t be so down on myself. I think a lot of athletes have the same problem as me.”

Gambill gave this advice about what it takes to play in college, “Some advice I would give to anyone wanting to play college sports is literally just WORK HARD. When it seems you can’t do anymore, remember that your mind is more powerful than you know and your body can do so much more than you think is possible. lean on God and anything is possible.” she also added this quote from Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.”

Southwest Baptist University will have several homes game in Bolivar, which is less than two hours from Pulaski County.

Gambill finished with this about playing sports in high school, “To all high school athletes, work at whatever sport you play with all you have, do it for the Lord and nothing will stop you. Remember high school sports don’t last forever, cherish every moment. I promise you’ll miss it!”