“It was the middle of the day,” Horn said last week, about a month after signing her national letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington state.
Wenatchee is a two-year school that plays in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and is located in Eastern Washington.
Horn is the second player from Kodiak’s 27-0 state championship girls basketball team to pick an NWAACC school. Megan Pyles is going to play for Clark Community College, also in Washington.
The two schools didn’t play each other last season, but Horn is looking forward to possibly facing her former teammate in college.
“I hope I beat her,” she said.
Horn said she has never visited the campus in Wenatchee and choose to attend the school because she liked the program. Wenatchee is losing eight sophomores off of last year’s squad that went 6-8 in the region and 14-15 overall.
“It is going to be a big change,” she said. “I have never been away from home for so long. I think it will be fun and a good adventure.”
Horn didn’t know if she would be extending her playing career until after the state championship game in March. She said her coach, Amy Fogle, helped in the recruiting process by sending game footage to coaches.
“I wanted to (play in college), but I didn’t know if it was going to happen,” Horn said. “It was nice that people were looking, because I hadn’t gone to any exposure camps.”
Horn turned into a shutdown defensive player and a 3-point specialist during Kodiak’s run to perfection.
“I didn’t really think I was going to be a specialist in shooting, it just kind of happened because of how much I practiced shooting — I probably practiced shooting more than ball handling,” Horn said.
Fogle said Horn is much more than a shooter and often guarded the best player on the court.
“Adriane had a great region and state tournament and really came around and realized her potential,” Fogle said. “There is so much more in her than just being a shooter … she isn’t even close to her potential yet. She is a good hard worker and will only get stronger and better. If she is willing to put the time in the weight room, and on the court, she will do a lot better.”
Playing college basketball is in Horn’s genes. Her sister, Alysa, had a hall of fame career at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Horn said she has learned a lot about the game from Alysa.
“She has helped me more than I can describe,” Horn said.
Horn, who also ran cross country and track at Kodiak High, said she grew up playing basketball, which is her true passion.
“As a kid you just do things around here, it is almost like you are obligated to,” she said.
Horn said she hopes to get a degree in science and would like to become an environmental scientist.
Horn said she would always remember being part of an undefeated team and winning Kodiak’s first girls basketball title since 1982.
“People always talk about it and come up to me about it,” she said.
All five of Kodiak’s starters have signed to play college basketball. Hannah Wandersee and Jerica Nelson will be playing at UAA, while Carissa Cannon is going to Western State Colorado University.
Fogle said she has never seen five starters from one team all reach the next level.
“It is very unique,” she said. “We just had a fantastic state tournament … and I think there was a lot of college coaches there and they just recognized the strengths of each one of those kids.”
Fogle, who stepped down as the girls coach a few weeks ago, is excited to follow her former players in college.
“I feel good about all the programs they are going to,” she said. “They are all going to a place that fits their personalities well. It is going to be pretty cool.”
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