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VPHS’s McKinney signs to play hoops at LSU at Eunice

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Ville Platte High senior forward Miya McKinney is all smiles as she signs on to play for the LSU-E Lady Bengals in 2017-2018. McKinney was a first team all-district and all-parish pick this past season for the Lady Bulldogs. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

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For almost every child growing up loving and playing a sport, reaching the goal of making it to the next level is a dream come true.
Such is the case for Ville Platte High’s Miya McKinney.
The senior forward will get a chance to show off her skills next season as a member of the LSU-E Lady Bengal basketball team, as she signed on with them on Wednesday.
“I knew that they were interested in me earlier this season,” said McKinney. “But when they saw me play against Pine Prairie, the head coach said she liked the way I hustled on the court and pushed my team.”
Getting the chance to play at LSU-E just feels right for McKinney.
“First of all they are close to home,” stated McKinney. “Also, they already have Rylie James (former Basile standout) on the team, and I wanted the chance to play with her. And, playing there gives me the chance to work on my game so that I might sign on with a Division I school after I complete my two years there.”
Basketball runs in the family for McKinney. Older sister Deja currently plays for Grambling and dad Lucien played on the college and pro level.
“I would really like to play with my sister at Grambling,” stated McKinney. “But, I won’t limit myself to just that if the opportunity comes up in two years from now. It makes me proud to represent my family and carry on the tradition of playing on the next level.”

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