High School Sports

Stratford’s Reese makes it official with Murray State

After a few days with the Murray State women’s basketball team, Taylor Reese knew she had found where she wanted to play college basketball.

The Stratford senior, who averaged 14 points and eight rebounds as a junior, made it official Wednesday as she signed her national letter-of-intent to play with the Racers. Murray State is a Division I program that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference and is coming off an 11-17 year.

“I had made one official visit before I went to Murray State and had a few more scheduled, but after my visit, I knew that was where I wanted to be,” said Reese, who signed along with Stratford baseball player Conner Corbitt, who will attend North Georgia. “They made me feel very comfortable from the start; everyone was so nice. They are in a little bit of a rebuilding process right now, and I feel like if I keep working, I can contribute as a freshman.”

Stratford girls head coach Ed Smith remembered when he was first approached about Reese coming to Stratford.

“I heard that we had someone interested in transferring to us and that the student would be a junior coming in,” Smith said of Reese, who moved from Central to Stratford before her junior year. “The first thing I asked was about the grades and what kind of kid she was. Once I heard that the grades were strong, I met with Taylor and her family, and I knew right away that Stratford would be a great fit for her.

“In the last few months, I have talked to maybe 10 or 12 recruiters, and after every one of them had talked to her, they came to me and said what a great kid she was. So not only is she a basketball player with untapped potential, she is a great young lady, and I believe she will be a great asset to Murray State,”

Reese was excited about achieving a lifelong goal.

“I have always wanted to play at a D-I school, and thanks to my AAU coaches and my Stratford coaches, as well as my parents, I am able to move on and play for a great school,” she said. “Now I can focus on making this a special year for Stratford basketball.”

Corbitt, who plays center field for the Eagles, was thrilled to be able to continue his baseball career.

“After my visit to North Georgia, I knew that is where I wanted to go,” said Corbitt, who also considered Berry. “After my freshman year, I thought I had a chance to play college baseball, and being able to play at a D-II school is a great feeling. I will just keep working on getting stronger and faster, and hopefully I will have a chance to play as a freshman.”