Andress girls basketball player Tionna Lidge took a big step forward during her recently competed junior season.
Now the college coaches are beginning to take notice. The 6-foot-3 Lidge recently picked up a Division I offer from Tulsa, while San Jose State and North Carolina A&T are recruiting her heavily.
“A lot of schools have been in contact with me about her and she has so much potential and is a high character person,” Andress girls basketball coach Wadrian Wallace said. “A lot of coaches are impressed with what they have seen on tape.”
Lidge didn’t begin playing basketball until her freshman season, but her progress has been rapid.
Lidge has had some big games for the Eagles last season. She scored 23 points against Pebble Hills, scored 21 against Odessa Permian and 15 against El Paso High. She also pulled down 18 rebounds against Pebble Hills, 12 rebounds against San Elizario and 16 rebounds against Jefferson.
“I worked hard during the season and just tried to take everything I learned and use it to my advantage,” Lidge said. “The recruiting process has been good, I just want to get back out there and play again.”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lidge hasn’t played in out-of-town summer tournaments, which would have included several college coaches getting a chance to see her play in live competition.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time working out, working on my shooting and working on my ball handling ,” Lidge said. “Getting an offer from a Division I school and being recruited by others is a dream come true. I know I have to continue to work hard and prove myself. I can still get better in a lot of ways.”
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