Tygarts Valley standout Shanda Howell has signed a letter-of-intent to play college basketball next season at Davis & Elkins College.
"We're excited to get her," D&E coach Jason Asbell said. "I think she will fit right into our program."
Howell averaged 13.5 points, four assists and three steals last season.
The Inter-Mountain Photo by Andrew Davis
Tygarts Valley’s Shanda Howell signs a letter-of-intent on Tuesday to play basketball at Davis & Elkins College next season. Also shown, front row, from left, are Howell’s grandfather Lynn Phillips, grandmother Kathy Phillips, mother Roslyn Howell and father Kevin Howell; back row, Tygarts Valley Athletic Director Chuck Swecker, TVHS head coach Mike DiPasquale and TVHS assistant coach Kenny Pingley.
The future Lady Senator said the proximity of D&E made it the right choice.
"I wanted to stay close to home, so my family and friends had a chance to come watch me play," Howell said. "I think D&E is an up-and-coming program and on the rise."
Howell was a special honorable mention selection last season and was also a first-team All-Potomac Valley Conference member.
"I think Shanda is a great team leader," Tygarts Valley coach Mike DiPasquale said. "I'm very excited for Shanda going to Davis & Elkins. It will be a good fit for her. It will be fun to go watch her play since she is going to be close."
Howell plans to major in biology while at D&E.
"I really enjoyed the campus visit," Howell said. "I really liked the coaching staff and the basketball program."
"Shanda is a great student athlete," Asbell added. "I think she will have four good years at Davis & Elkins College."
Howell is the daughter of Roslyn and Kevin Howell of Valley Bend.