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Americus' Kayla Bowens, who led the Lady Panthers this past season with 12 points a game, signed with Albany State this week.
AMERICUS — Every signing is a special signing for Americus-Sumter Lady Panther head coach Evelyn Wright.
While Wright’s main job is to make her team well-rounded and competitive, the long-time Lady Panther coach takes great pride when one of her players realizes a dream of playing college basketball.
Friday morning’s signing ceremony tugged at the heart strings a little more, however, as Wright watched her granddaughter Kayla Bowens sign her name on the dotted line to continue her basketball career at her grandmother’s alma mater, Albany State University.
Bowens is one of very few Lady Panthers to start all four years in Wright’s long tenure as Americus-Sumter’s coach.
Bowens led the Lady Panthers this past season, averaging 12 points per game on the offensive end. In Americus-Sumter’s final game of the season against Woodland High School in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs Bowens was unstoppable, scoring a season-high 22 points for the Lady Panthers in a tough 73-67 loss. She was no slouch at the charity stripe either, sinking 60 percent of her free-throws to finish second on the Lady Panthers squad.