Alan Hoskins, Supervisor of Public Information
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Two Kansas City Kansas Community College sophomore guards will return to their roots to continue their basketball careers.
A Wisconsin native, Kayla Crowley will attend Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., while Waverly, Kan., native Brenna Wilson has signed with Bethel College in Lindsborg.
A transfer from the University of Wisconsin South (UWS) in Menomonie, Crowley started 21 games this past season and was second in assists (2.2) while averaging 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.
“Kayla did a good job of elevating her level of play late in the season when Cassey Sobaski went down with her ACL injury and Mikenna Greathouse was out with a knee bruise,” said head coach Valerie Stambersky. “Her versatility in being able to play the point guard at one time and guarding a post player at another time was a real plus. Edgewood will be a good fit for her with her academic goals.”
Crowley said attending Edgewood will enable her to continue her career in nursing and live at home with her parents in McFarland a short distance from Madison. “Edgewood has a real strong nursing program,” said Crowley, who will receive her LPN degree from KCKCC in May. While at KCKCC, Crowley worked for Campus Police.
Crowley was originally recruited by Stambersky out of high school but chose UWS to study graphic design but then switched majors and transferred to KCKCC to enter the LPN program. Edgewood finished 8-10 in the Northern Athletics Conference and 10-15 overall this past season.
Growing up in Waverly where she was one of just 18 students in her graduating class, Wilson said returning to a small community such as Lindsborg was appealing. “I like their program and a chance to get to play,” she said.
Wilson saw limited action in 21 games with the Blue Devils this season, averaging 1.6 points although the second most accurate 3-point shooter on the team at 34.6 percent. An NAIA member institution, Bethel finished 7-11 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and 11-15 overall under seventh year Coach Mark Fox.
“Brenna did a good of buying into her role for our team and playing that role the way we asked her to do,” said Stambersky. “We often went to her for some quick offense. Both of these young ladies were fun to coach and good teammates.”