After winning their second consecutive state championship Saturday, four Ladycat basketball players have their sights set on the future.
Championship game hero and senior guard Ashlyn Huntington was born in St. George, Utah but grew up in Ely playing soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball. She hunted and fished as well, and volleyball is her favorite sport.
“I’ll miss sports the most,” she said. “And winning back to back championships.”
Huntington will play softball when the season starts shortly, and wants to attend Southern Utah University to study physical therapy. She is considering trying out for the basketball team.
“I really like Ely,” she said. “Especially when the community comes together and supports us.”
Senior forward and center Emily Bischoff was born in Las Vegas and grew up in Ely playing the same youth sports. She ran track for White Pine High for a year and played softball for a year, but volleyball is her favorite.
“I’m going to miss sports and my friends,” Bischoff said, “and not getting to see them every day.”
She wants to study to be a chiropractor or athletic trainer at the University of Nevada, Reno or Southern Utah.
“I appreciate that my parents knew they had to come here,” she said, “because I had a good experience.”
Senior forward and center Debra Kingston was born and raised in Ely, and played the same four youth sports.
“I liked meeting all the different people in town and other towns,” Kingston said. “I’ll miss the friendships I’ve made and the crazy memories with my teammates.”
She plans to play basketball at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. and study business.
“I love it here,” she said. “I’m blessed to live in a small community where they know me and support me in everything I do. I couldn’t ask for a better place to live.”
After college, she wants to come back to Ely to start a photography business and coach sports at White Pine High.
Senior guard and forward Kadi Finicum was born in Cedar City, Utah and moved to Ely when she was five years old. She grew up playing youth sports and horseback riding, playing softball, volleyball and basketball for White Pine High. Her favorites are basketball and softball.
Finicum’s favorite high school memory is winning back to back state basketball championships. She wants to attend Southern Utah or Dixie State in St. George to study early childhood education.
“I love the support that the town gives and that they participate,” she said.