High School: East Wake
Parent: Catina Williams
Also Considered: Louisburg College
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Why Barton College? “When I went to the basketball games, it felt like the right atmosphere. It felt like I was already there. I got to talk to the president of the school and we had a great conversation.” Also appealing to Ciera was the school’s offering of a biology degree, which she wants to pursue to become a biotechnician or sonographer.
Most Memorable: Ciera’s top moment at East Wake was one many people in the program will remember – when the Warriors underwent a triple-overtime game that witnessed three power outages at Southeast Raleigh in 2013, despite East Wake losing the game 62-60. “That was the longest and most intense game I played in throughout all four years,” Ciera said. ... She’ll miss the coaches and practices the most. She said they helped her prepare to play at the college level. “I would say we had fun, but it was still intense,” she said.
Notable: Ciera played four years of varsity basketball and was a starter as a junior and senior. She was also a four-year volleyball starter. ... She also competed in jumps and sprints on the Warrior track and field team as a freshman and sophomore, qualifying for the regional meet both seasons. ... She was Academic All Greater Neuse River 4A Conference in both basketball and volleyball all four years. She was the recipient of the basketball team’s Coaches Award her senior season.
East Wake coach Toni Dupree: “Ciera, especially since she started as a junior, brought leadership to the program. She brings great intensity, she’s like a spark plug. She has determination, is determined to win every game. She’s self motivated to do well and she’s going to push everybody to play at a higher level, and that’s going to be very important at Barton because in college she’ll need all that to do well. She’s disciplined on the court, and that will also help her in college.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody