HARRODSBURG — Cassidy Martin considers herself a Kentucky girl now, so she’s staying in the state to play her college basketball.
The 5-8 Mercer County senior guard, who transferred to Mercer last April from Tennessee, signed with Lindsey Wilson¿College on Feb. 12
Martin is the area’s leading scorer this season at 25.6 points per game, and is leading the area in free throw shooting at 85 percent (159 of 188). She is also shooting 53 percent from the field, including 42 percent from 3-point range (101 of 239) and pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game. She felt she would fit in well at Lindsey Wilson after her visit.
“I went and saw them practice one day and went and saw them play as well,”¿she said. “The head coach (John B. Wethington) and the assistant coaches were just very nice and I could tell they were going to make sure I¿tried my best and worked very hard, and I just appreciated both of them.”
Martin, who scored more than 1,000 career points and earned all-state honors last season for Pigeon Forge High, said she had talked to some small Division I schools before transferring to Mercer.
“After moving to Kentucky I had a bunch of colleges lose contact with me,”¿she said. “It’s all part of God’s plan.¿I’m just glad things worked out the way they have.”
Martin said the fact her parents now live here and that she was welcomed instantly by the Mercer County community made it easy to decide to stay in Kentucky for college.
“I love the people here, they’re so nice and welcoming and they give you so much support,”¿she said. “I love being in a community where they‘re so supportive. I’m glad to be a part of Mercer.”