Monroe High School basketball star Cessily Colwell, front row, center, signs with Alabama Southern on Thursday as she is joined by, from left, father, Reginald, mother, Alisa and brother, Julian. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ALBANY — Nobody knew how the puzzle would work when Cessiley Colwell, who had been a big part of the basketball program at Westover, transferred to Monroe for her senior year.
Well, the answer was pretty simple: Monroe advanced to the Class AAA Elite 8 for the first time in years, and Thursday Colwell signed a letter-of-intent to accept a basketball scholarship to Alabama Southern.
“Once she got here at Monroe, we didn’t know if she would fit in,’’ Monroe girls basketball coach Cheryl Cheeks said. “But she fit in very well. She was a little better than what we had, but not that much better that our girls couldn’t keep up. She was the point guard we needed, and she helped in a lot of ways. Her style, her attitude — she helped us a lot.’’
Colwell blended in, and Monroe took advantage of Colwell’s experience and savvy, and made a memorable run in the playoffs as Colwell loved every minute of it.
“My senior year was awesome at Monroe. It’s a year I will never forget,’’ said Colwell, who was recruited by other schools before deciding on Alabama Southern. “I talked to a couple of schools, but liked everything about Alabama Southern. I even like their colors, blue and black and white.’’
Colwell averaged eight points, five rebounds and four steals for Monroe while playing the point guard spot, and she left the court with confidence.
“I was sure I was going to get a scholarship,’’ said Colwell, who also has a 3.3 GPA.
Cheeks has no doubt Colwell will be successful.
“I’m sure we are going to be hearing good things about her,’’ Cheeks said. “Alabama Southern is getting a great student.’’