Liddell signs to play at Arkansas junior college

Horn Lake girls’ basketball point guard Allison Liddell signed Friday to play next season at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) Tech, a two-year NJCAA school at East Camden, Arkansas, located east of Texarkana.  

Liddell averaged 12 points a game for the Lady Eagles in her senior season, helping get Horn Lake to the state 6A quarterfinals before dropping a 57-44 decision to Clinton, ending a 21-4 season under coach Darryl Partee. Liddell had seven points for the Lady Eagles in that contest.  

Partee told LIddell she grew the past year into a strong leader for the team. 

“You became a true floor general and a soldier,” Partee said. “More and more I saw you become the coach on the floor and become more like your coach.”

Liddell was also part of the first Magnolia State All-Star Series game played this spring at the conclusion of the regular season.  

SAU Tech was this year’s NJCAA Region 2 Women’s Basketball champions with a 17-8 record. The Lady Rockets defeated North Arkansas 67-52 in the region finals. They are coached by Aramie Brooks, who was the school’s interim coach after a coaching change in the 2019-20 season. He was later elevated to be the permanent head coach and has been there since. 

Photo: Horn Lake point guard Allison Liddell is flanked by parents (from left) Willie and An’drea Liddell after announcing her choice of SAU Tech to play basketball next season. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

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