BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (WTVA/BMC Athletics) - Blue Mountain College Women’s Basketball just picked up one of the biggest signings in its program’s history.
Head coach Lavon Driskell has inked Ole Miss transfer Marlee Hatcher, a 5’7” guard from Pontotoc, and one of the area’s most prolific hoopsters in recent history.
Hatcher prepped at Pontotoc High School under Bill Russell where she led her team to a 122-11 record in four years, including a state championship as a freshman. She was a four-time first team All-District selection, three-time first team All-Area selection, Division I 4A Player of the Year, the Daily Journal Player of the Year, NEMBBCA All-Star and a Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game selection.
As a sophomore at Itawamba Community College (Fulton, Miss.), Hatcher averaged 11.3 points per game with four rebounds in 25 appearances. She was selected All-Region, NJCAA Region 23 All-Tournament and participated in the MACJC All-Star Game while helping to lead her team to a 17-8 record.
She shot an incredible 41 percent (71-for-173) from 3-point range at ICC, including a 9-for-9 performance against Wallace State Community College in a game where she scored 30 points.
I have watched Marlee play basketball for a long time, and I know she knows how to play the game of basketball,” BMC head coach Lavon Driskell commented. “She is fundamentally sound, she can score with consistency and can defend. She is a complete player, but not only that, she is a great person and will be a positive for our team and campus. We are excited to have Marlee join us at Blue Mountain College.
Hatcher said, “I’m excited about being a part of a great basketball program for my senior year. I felt very welcomed by Coach Driskell and the team. It’s going to be a special year being a Lady Topper.”