November 26, 2012-Emporia State women's basketball coach Jory Collins has announced the signing of two high school players to attend ESU and play basketball for Lady Hornets. Brooke Costley and Megan Holloway will join the Lady Hornets for the 2013-14 season.
“We are very excited to announce the signings of Megan and Brooke," said coach Collins. "They bring different attributes and skill sets but both bring necessary ingredients that successful teams have to have. They both come from great families and will be great contributors to not only Emporia State University but to our community as well. We’re lucky to have both them next year.”
Costley is a 5-7 guard from Mexico (Mo.) HS. She has averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 assists per game in her high school career. She holds the Mexico HS single season records for assists and free throw percentage. The Bulldogs have gone 55-23 during her first three years of playing. She has earned All-North Central Missouri Conference honors her first three years as well.
Holloway is a 5-9 guard from Salina South HS. She averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game last year for the Cougars. She earned second-team All-Class 5A honors last year in addition to first-team All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail league honors.
The Lady Hornets have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 14 of the last 16 seasons. They have the longest active streak of consecutive winning seasons in the MIAA at 16 straight seasons.
Collins on Costley
“We got on Brooke very late in the process and feel unbelievably fortunate to have her play for us next year. She plays point guard for her dad at Mexico HS. She will have the opportunity to play point for us but we also like her as a combo or two guard who can come off of screens and stretch the defense. She can flat out shoot the ball and will be one of the top shooters we’ve ever recruited to Emporia State, she has a quick release and very good range. Her basketball IQ is tremendous and obviously being a coaches kid is a benefit to having a great feel for the game. She played on one of the best AAU teams in the country in Missouri Phenom and has played against tremendous competition on the summer circuit.”
Collins on Holloway:
“We are very excited to have Megan joining our program next year. There was a mutual interest very early in the process and she has been committed since June. I think the thing that excited us the most about Megan is her attitude and toughness on the court. She will remind a lot of our fans of Jocelyn Cummings, especially the way she commits to defense and her competitive nature. Megan is somebody who might get a steal and lay-up, take a charge, and dive on the floor for a loose ball all in 30 seconds of play. Megan will be a fan favorite because of the way she plays. She has been extremely well coached both in high school and the summer and is the most college ready defender we’ve probably ever had coming out of high school, which will get her some early playing time. She plays point guard in high school but will play the 2/3 guard for us. She is a tough finisher at the basket and a good three point shooter as well. We feel very good about Megan being a major factor in our future success.”
ESU Lady Hornet Early Signees
Name Ht Pos. Hometown/Previous School
Brooke Costley 5-7 G Mexico, Mo./Mexico HS
What others are saying:
“Brooke Costley has been a valuable part of our teams success during her career at Mexico High School. Her ability to shoot the three and create for her teammates have made for difficult defensive assignments for opposing teams over the years. Her skill set and combined shooting along with high basketball I.Q. are what make her one of the top guards in the area if not the state.”
Ed Costley, Mexico HS Coach
Megan Holloway 5-9 G Brookville, Mo./Salina South HS
What others are saying:
“Megan is one of the fiercest competitors I have coached. Failure is something she refuses to accept. She thrives on competition and works extremely hard to make sure she, and her teammates are prepared for success.”
Jason Hooper, Salina South HS Coach