Boyd commits to play at Mount Mercy
COLUMBUS JUNCTION – Columbus girls basketball player Shania Boyd is going to continue playing basketball after she graduates later this spring.
The senior signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids during a ceremony in the school gym Wednesday, April 19, with family members and friends on hand.
Boyd says she chose Mount Mercy because of the location.
“It’s closer to home,” she says. “I went to visit the campus and I liked the atmosphere and the coaches and everybody there.”
However, Mount Mercy wasn’t her first choice.
“I was looking at Indian Hills for track, but I had to choose between that and basketball. I chose basketball because it’s more fun. You don’t have to run constantly for like a whole year or two.”
The athlete will take her abilities to the court because of her speed.
“Coach [Micha Mims] said she was looking for more of a fast-paced game and I’m the one that would always run for fast breaks,” Boyd says.
During this past year at Columbus, Boyd set three new school records, all dealing with free throws: most attempts in a career of 419, most made in a season of 123 and most career free throws made, 257. She is excited to take that mark to the next level.
Setting those records and leaving them there for someone else to break is well-deserved, girls coach Kasey Keltner says.
“She put a lot of time in getting better at that. It also says that she did get to the free-throw line, which is big for us. She was a slasher and a girl who would try to attack the rim, make contact and get to the free-throw line for us.
“She put up a lot of points for us there and it’s great that she did that. She’s also extremely good at reading the defense and anticipating and getting steals which is a big accomplishment for her, as well.
In terms of making a lasting impression at Columbus, Keltner says Boyd represented a lot of what the school’s program is about.
“She got better every single year. She put in extra time to make that happen. By the time she was done here, she was one of the best basketball players to ever come through this school.
“She meant a lot on and off the court by getting other people to believe in what we could do as a group and making sure people put in extra time to get that done.”
He’s excited to see Boyd move on to play at the next level.
“I’m definitely excited,” Keltner says. “She has a high ceiling for herself. She will only get better with better coaching and better competition. She’s a four-sport athlete here and will be concentrating on one at Mount Mercy.
“That will be good, too, because she can really get her skills better at the college level. She’s a good kid who will put the time in. She’s competitive and she will do well.”
What will be missed about Boyd next season?
“Her competitiveness in games,” Keltner says. “In practice we would go at it. She would bring a high-intensity level to both.
“I’m going to miss her smile. She’s a good-character kid that’s great to have in your program.”
As for Boyd’s reaction to keep playing the game she like so well she says, “I’m excited to see what next year and the three years after that hold for me there.”