Kiski Area’s Johns excited to commit to Shippensburg for basketball
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 | 8:35 PM
Abbie Johns still feels the excitement and also the relief.
A couple of weeks after making a basketball verbal commitment to Division II Shippensburg of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Kiski Area senior two-sport standout continues to carry the momentum of her decision in the early stages of her final high school year.
“It was a big sense of relief to know I had made the decision and it was the best one for me,” Johns said. “I loved the recruiting process and everything that came with it, but my goal was to make (the verbal commitment) before volleyball and school started. I am just happy it is out of the way.”
Johns’ commitment to Shippensburg came from a field of offers which included Olivet Nazarene, an NAIA school in Illinois, as well as PSAC schools Mansfield and Millersville.
While her volleyball season is in the present, she also has an eye on the basketball season, which officially starts with practices in mid November.
She said there is optimism surrounding the team after last year’s Cavaliers squad earned a WPIAL playoff spot for the first time since 2012.
Johns led the team in scoring last year at 14.9 points a game. She added six rebounds a contest and was consistent from the foul line at 80.4% (82-102).
Her performance earned her Section 1-5A and Valley News Dispatch first-team all-star recognition.
“I am super excited for Abbie because she not only is a strong player and will make a difference for Shippensburg, but she also is that role model for the girls in our program,” Kiski Area girls basketball coach Dave Williamson said. “The work she’s put in, she’s done the requisite work to get to where she’s at. I am proud to be able to use that for others coming up through the program, including my daughters.
“If this is your goal, to play in college, this is what you need to do. There is no easy road. Abbie knew what she had to do to get to where she is and where she will be in the future.”
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Michael by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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