Lady Rebel Lawrence signs with Cleveland State

Maryville High School senior Mariah Lawrence signs a National Letter of Intent with Cleveland State Community College last week. With Lawrence are, seated left to right, her sister, Kendal, and parents, Mary and David Lawrence. Standing, left to right, are Cleveland State coach David Lumpkin, Maryville assistant coach David Allen, Lady Rebel head coach Kim Bledsoe, Lawrence’s grandmother, Sharon Jones, and Lady Cougars assistant coach Alan Hamm.

Photo by Brandon Shinn

Maryville High School senior Mariah Lawrence signs a National Letter of Intent with Cleveland State Community College last week. With Lawrence are, seated left to right, her sister, Kendal, and parents, Mary and David Lawrence. Standing, left to right, are Cleveland State coach David Lumpkin, Maryville assistant coach David Allen, Lady Rebel head coach Kim Bledsoe, Lawrence’s grandmother, Sharon Jones, and Lady Cougars assistant coach Alan Hamm.

Maryville High School senior Mariah Lawrence signs a National Letter of Intent with Cleveland State Community College last week. With Lawrence are, seated left to right, her sister, Kendal, and parents, Mary and David Lawrence. Standing, left to right, are Cleveland State coach David Lumpkin, Maryville assistant coach David Allen, Lady Rebel head coach Kim Bledsoe, Lawrence’s grandmother, Sharon Jones, and Lady Cougars assistant coach Alan Hamm.

Photo by Brandon Shinn

Maryville High School senior Mariah Lawrence signs a National Letter of Intent with Cleveland State Community College last week. With Lawrence are, seated left to right, her sister, Kendal, and parents, Mary and David Lawrence. Standing, left to right, are Cleveland State coach David Lumpkin, Maryville assistant coach David Allen, Lady Rebel head coach Kim Bledsoe, Lawrence’s grandmother, Sharon Jones, and Lady Cougars assistant coach Alan Hamm.

Have jump shot, will travel.

For now, the destination for Maryville High School senior Mariah Lawrence is Cleveland State Community College. The Lady Rebel sharpshooter signed a National Letter of Intent with the Cougars last week at Maryville. Athens, though, isn’t likely to be the last stop for Lawrence.

“We’ll see what comes along after the two years,” she said.

A genuinely gifted shooter, Lawrence bloomed late at Maryville, but there’s no mistaking the potential, Lady Rebel coach Kim Bledsoe said.

“I think this is a perfect fit for her,” she said. “Mariah is one that blossomed between her junior and senior year, and I think it’s going to continue in college.”

Lawrence hit on 37 percent of her shots her senior year at Maryville, knocking down 76 percent of her free throws, en route to averaging just under 10 points per game.

It’s the clean release with which Lawrence shoots the ball that first caught his eye during recruiting, Cleveland State coach Dan Lumpkin said.

“It’s smooth,” he said. “The fact is freshmen will play for us this year. Of the seven (signed), I think she’s the best shooter of the group.”

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