CHAPMANVILLE — As Kristin DesRocher’s prep basketball career progressed it was evident she would some day get a shot at playing college ball if she chose and got the right opportunity.
She just had to find the right school.
She found it on Monday as the Chapmanville Regional High School all-state guard signed a national letter of intent to play collegiately at Division II Glenville State College of the Mountain East Conference.
DesRocher, a 5-foot-10 guard, had an outstanding season for the Lady Tigers this past year as she surpassed 1,000 points for her career and led Chapmanville to a 14-10 season and a berth in the Class AA regional championship game where CRHS was ousted 57-40 at Sissonville.
DesRocher is going to Glenville State, which has a very good women’s basketball program.
This past season, the Pioneers racked up several awards and honors as they finished the 2013-14 season with a 29-4 record and not only did they win the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Regular Season Championship but they also won the MEC Conference Tournament Championship.
Glenville State also led the nation in scoring offense as the Pioneers averaged 97.2 points a game. The Pioneers also led the nation in 3-point field goals per game as they averaged 11.6 per game.
Sounds like a good fit for DesRocher, who liked to get the ball up and down the court in her Chapmanville days and could pop out and hit the 3.
DesRocher will be getting both an athletic and academic scholarship.
“It’s a good program at Glenville,” Chapmanville coach David Williamson said. “They are tops in the Mountain East. They play her style — up and down the court. They averaged about 100 points. They were No. 8 in the nation and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They are building a brand new $17 million, 3,300-seat gym. It’s hard to beat that. It’s not that far away from home for her. I hope that I helped her enough along the way. I’m happy for her and she deserves this.”
DesRocher finished with more than 1,200 career points at Chapmanville. In the stretch drive of the season, she averaged more than 20 points a game.
“You can’t replace a Kristin DesRocher basketball-wise, student-wise and for being a team leader,” Williamson said. “We’re really going to miss her. She was the first one in the gym and the last one out. There will be a few people tearing up today and on Thursday when she graduates. She was really close with our team even as young as we were.”
In DesRocher’s freshman year in 2011, she helped lead the Lady Tigers to the state tournament where Chapmanville was defeated by 42 points by four-time defending state champion Summers County. Down 17-0 late in the first quarter, DesRocher scored a hoop to break the ice.
“She led us in scoring as a freshman that day at state,” Williamson said. “We were kind of disappointed we weren’t able to get her back there. She had a good run with over 1,200 points. In the middle of this season she hit 1,000 and got it off her back and she was about 20 points a game from there on out. She’s a great kid and has a great family and we are going to miss her.”
DesRocher said she’s looking forward to going to Glenville State. She becomes the third Logan County athlete to sign with Glenville in the last few months, joining Logan High School football’s Brynden “Worm” Street and Chapmanville football’s Gabe Maynard.
“I’m excited to go. I can’t wait,” DesRocher said. “They have a really good program and I’m excited to go there. I have enjoyed all four years here. It has been fun. I’m really going to miss everybody.”
DesRocher said she wants to study business management at GSC.