BOWIE, TX (KAUZ) - Bowie's Kamryn Cantwell will be playing her college basketball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the fall.
"It's always been like a big goal of mine a dream since I was little," said Cantwell. "So to be here and to be surrounded by everybody is a really good feeling."
She said the comfort with the team and the style of play was a major factor in choosing the Savage Storm.
"They were just very welcoming when I was there, I really liked all of them," said Cantwell. "The coaches, they fit what kind of style we play here. You know we kind of play fast and so everything that they do just kind of aligns with what I do here so it's going to be an easier transition for me."
Cantwell has had to battle through several huge injuries in here career including tearing her ACL. But she never doubted the hard work would play off and that this day would come.
"My freshman year I tore my labrum in my hip and came back after about six months, and then two months later I tore my ACL. So I've actually had three. So it's kind of been a long journey of that, but I always knew that this was my goal. And I knew in order to get here, you know just kind of rehab it and doing whatever i needed to do."
Following her outstanding senior season Cantwell was chosen to play in the Chicken Express All-Star Classic in Mineral Wells and she won MVP following in the footsteps of some former Lady Jackrabbits!
"I was pretty excited to get invited to play in it, because we have had several girls from here that got to play in it," said Cantwell. "And one of them was Courtney Brady. She got MVP, and then Addy Cook played in it last year and got MVP, and it was kind of cool us three have gotten MVP."
She also is the top free throw shooter in Class 3A in the state of Texas. That's an award even she was surprised about.
"Honestly it's pretty cool, because he likes to joke with me because my free throw percentage, it would be real good," said Cantwell. "And then it would be kind of bad so it's kind of like a roller coaster. But he would always joke with me that I needed to work for, like, a brick company or something because of my free throws. And then today, when he showed me that I won that, I was like, 'You have got to be joking. Is this a joke? Did you make this?' And it was a long list of everybody and he was like, 'No I didn't.' And so it just kind of blew my mind. I was really shocked honestly."
Cantwell now joins the many Bowie athletes that have went on to play at the next level, and that's something she says she is proud to be a part of.
"There's a lot of good athletes that come out of Bowie that go and play at the next level," said Cantwell. "So the fact that now I'm going to be a part of that, one of them, and on that long list of everybody, it's really special and really important to me."