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Blayr Poston signs to play at Lincoln Trail College

Hanover Central's Blayr Postbrings ball upcourt second quarter against East Chicago Hanover Central Thursday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

Hanover Central's Blayr Poston brings the ball upcourt in the second quarter against East Chicago at Hanover Central Thursday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 2, 2013 1:37PM



CEDAR LAKE — With cameras clicking and family members and coaches gathered around her, Hanover Central girls basketball standout Blayr Poston recently signed a letter of intent to keep playing ball for Lincoln Trail College and earn a scholarship to the institution.

“Blayr was on our radar early on in the school year,” Lincoln Trail coach Scott Sparks said. “I watched her play about five minutes and I knew she was the player we were looking for. We need somebody like Blayr who can score from the two (guard), handle the ball and run the floor. What we really like about Blayr is she’s very good at getting to the (free-throw) line.”

Poston went to the charity stripe more than anyone in Hanover history. From her sophomore season on, she shot 402 free throws — canning better than 70 percent of them.

Being a good free throw shooter wasn’t Poston’s only asset.

“We knew about Blayr when she was in the eighth grade,” Hanover coach Doug Nelson said. “She turned out to be the best scorer I ever coached. Blayr was able to create her own shots and get around people.”

The prolific guard finished up her high school career with 1,345 points, a Hanover record. She averaged 20.2 points per game her senior year and had a high game of 36 points.

Poston played some defense as well, amassing more than 200 steals in her four-year career. As a sophomore, she finished second in the state with 92 swipes. And she worked at getting better.

“Blayr raised the level of competition every day in practice,” Nelson said. “That’s priceless. She hustled on every sprint. If you have that from your best player, it’s just icing on the cake.”

Lincoln Trail is a Division I junior college located in Robinson, Ill., about 30 miles from Terre Haute.

“I’m excited about playing college basketball,” Poston said. “I think it will bump up my game.

“I’m hoping my new teammates will be as much fun as my Hanover teammates were. I really enjoyed playing high school sports here.”

Besides all the tangibles, Lincoln Trail a big intangible with Poston — winning. Sheis the only Wildcats’ athlete to be on a sectional championship team in three different sports (basketball, soccer, softball).

The quiet kid from Cedar Lake is a winner.



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