After two years of directing the Alvord Lady Bulldogs as the team’s floor general, Lauren Hart is heading north to continue her basketball career.
Tuesday, Hart signed her letter of intent to play at the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma in Chickasha.
“They called me, and I went up for a visit and loved the school,” Hart said. “I really wanted to play, and I’m excited to get another chance.”
As a senior, Hart guided Alvord to the third round of the playoffs and earned 9-2A and All-Wise County Defensive Player of the Year honors. She averaged 9.74 points, 4.26 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.23 steals.
USAO assistant coach Leandra Johnson said Hart’s defense was a major reason they pursued her.
“We got her info from another coach that had seen her. We got a film and liked the way she played,” Johnson said. “She’s going to progress and help us out.
“As the assistant, I gravitate to defense. She is a very good defensive player.”
Moving on to the next level, Hart anticipates a need to get in the weight room.
“I have to get stronger,” she said. “I also need to improve my ball-handling and shooting. Everything will need to improve for the next level.”