After a successful senior season for the Cardington girls’ basketball program that included being picked to the first team All-KMAC squad, as well as being a third-team Central District selection, Cardington’s Kyndall Spires is making plans to continue her basketball career at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.
Spires noted that she liked a number of things about the Division II school that competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“I like the fact they’re building onto their team and also like the coaches,” she said. “They’re so nice.”
As her high school coach, Jamie Edwards, said before the signing, Spires didn’t immediately become a prospect the second she stepped onto the court as a youth, as it took a lot of work, as well as gaining some height, to get to that point.
“I really wasn’t very good,” she said. “I kept practicing and practicing and it came and I also had a growth spurt.”
The end result was a lengthy recruiting process, as many schools were looking to get her to join their programs before she picked Saginaw Valley State. She mentioned several others she was considering, including Mount Vernon Nazarene, Mount Union, Baldwin-Wallace and Lawrence Tech (Michigan).
“Forever — it took a long, long time,” she said about the recruiting process. “I was going to commit to Mount Vernon Nazarene, but I visited Saginaw Valley State and committed the same day. I loved the school and it felt like home. It’s a big relief.”
For Spires, who plans to major in psychology, being able to play basketball in college seems like a reward for all the work she’s put into her game throughout the years. She noted that the sport has been a year-long pursuit for some time, oftentimes taking priority over everything else.
“All the time — almost every day at least,” she said about how often she works on her game. “One year, we had a vacation and I had to leave the vacation early to fly to Georgia for a tournament.”
When it comes to her upcoming college career, Spires is looking forward to winning after a high school career that saw her teams win a total of 79 games over four years, making it as far as the district finals — leaving her with many good memories.
“Being able to play with Sage (Brannon) and making new friendships,” she said about her favorite memories. “The bond we had as a team and, obviously, the coaches.”
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