Prolific Scorer Commits to Fortner's Tigers

Record-setting Woodland High standout Courtney Strain will play her college basketball at Auburn for Coach Nell Fortner.

Woodland, Ala.--Courtney Strain, the all-time leading scorer in Alabama girls basketball history, is Auburn's first verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class.

The five-foot-nine guard from Woodland High School is averaging 34 points and 14 rebounds per game this season as a junior. She has been a varsity starter since the seventh grade and was the state Class 2A Player of the Year last season as a sophomore.

"Ever since I started going to camps at Auburn, I wanted to play for Coach Fortner," Strain tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have pretty much grown up around Auburn basketball and now I feel like I'm truely blessed to get the opportunity to be a part of it."

In a recent game on the road at Beulah High School, Strain surpassed the previous state scoring record of 4,155 points held by Starr Orr of Speake High and Strain will have her senior season to add to the scoring mark.

"She grew up watching Auburn as a kid and Coach Fortner and Coach Cremeans have done an excellent job recruiting her," says Larry Strain, her father and head coach of Woodland, which goes into Thursday night's state playoff game vs. Vincent with a 29-1 record.

Nell Fortner is head coach of the Auburn women's team, which is ranked fifth nationally, and recently offered a scholarship to Strain. Kerry Cremeans is an assistant coach for the Tigers, who are tied for the lead in the SEC and are currently 23-1 this season.

"Courtney has been going to the Auburn camps for years," Strain says. "She is real excited about the opportunity to play for Auburn."

Auburn coach Nell Fortner has her team ranked fourth and fifth this week in the major polls.

Strain, a two guard, has an all-around game. "I would say her strength is her mid-range jump shot," Coach Strain says. "She can put the ball on the floor and create her own shot and can shoot with her right or left hand."

The junior is also an honor student, who has a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She also plays volleyball for Woodland High School, which is located in Randolph County, and in the summers plays AAU ball with the Georgia Blazers.

Last season as a sophomore, Strain averaged 40.7 points per game, but is scoring less this year with more talent on her team, including her sister, point guard Leah Strain, who is a standout performer as a seventh grader.

Courtney Strain has been a varsity standout since her seventh grade season when she averaged 19.5 points per game. As an eighth grader her average was 26.7 points per game and she increased that to 38.3 points per game as a ninth grader.

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