Hannah Howard knew she was a talented player, and knew she possessed a lot of skills on the basketball court. However, she received news Monday afternoon which surpassed even her wildest expectations.

Hannah Howard knew she was a talented player, and knew she possessed a lot of skills on the basketball court. However, she received news Monday afternoon which surpassed even her wildest expectations.

The former Lone Grove Lady Horns member and current Murray State College player was elected as one of 40 freshman to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Star game which will take place in Niceville, Florida July 23-26. 

“I was honestly shocked,” Howard said about her initial reaction to the news. “This was something I wasn’t expecting to happen at all. I’m just incredibly blessed to have this opportunity.”

“God has blessed me in so many ways on and off the court in my life,” Howard added. “Since he’s given me the talent, the least I can do is put in the effort and be the best I can possibly be.”

Lone Grove head coach Jeff Word couldn’t contain his praise for his former player and her accomplishment this season at Murray State.

“This is a tremendous honor for her to be selected over a lot of really good players,” he said. “But knowing Hannah, she’s always practicing by herself and with her teammates like she is in a game situation. She’s continued to improve her speed and shooting at the next level.”

“She’s very self motivated and believes in herself and that she can do great things,” Word added. “Coach (Justin) Cellum has done a tremendous job playing her how she should be played on the court. Hannah’s upside is endless, and any division II school looking to improve their offensive production should be after her following next season.”

Howard is currently a double major in English and Psychology, and she will enter her sophomore year at Murray State College beginning this fall. Howard plans to pursue a career as a children’s counselor and a youth pastor in the future. She is also a member of the Future Christian Athletes, and a President’s Scholar.