Scoring No Strain for Auburn Commitment

Woodland star Courtney Strain was impressive at an Auburn hoops camp.

Woodland, Ala.--Auburn's first verbal commitment for the 2010 women's basketball signee class was a standout performer this week at an Auburn hoops camp that featured high school teams from across the Southeast.

In January, Woodland High School star Courtney Strain broke the all-time girls basketball scoring record of 4,155 points.

In February, she ended her recruiting and committed to Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers.

"I have no regrets about my decision to pick Auburn," Strain tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am relieved to get that out of the way."

Strain plays basketball year-around and will be busy now that school is out. "I am playing a lot of basketball and things are going well," she says. "I am playing AAU ball, too, for the Georgia Blazers out of Columbus, Georgia."

The guard says her Woodland team performed well at the Auburn camp with its good shooting, quickness, crisp passing and all-around ball skills. "This team has pretty much been together for three years now," Strain points out. "We are all used to each other. We are small, but it isn't always the best thing to be tall. We run and gun a lot."

Strain herself is just five-foot-eight, but has a knack for getting a lot of rebounds and doing a good job defending bigger players. She averaged 34 points and 14 rebounds per game as a junior. She averaged 40.7 points per game as a sophomore.

This summer the two-guard says she is working at becoming a better all-around player.

"I am trying to incorporate more offensive moves into my game as well as working on my defense," she says.

When school was in session she didn't have much room for improvement. She is carrying a 4.0 grade point average into her senior year so qualifying for college is no concern.

"I have thought about physical therapy as my college major, but I am starting to change my mind," she says. "I think I am going towards nursing now."

At Woodland girls basketball is a family affair with her dad, Larry Strain, the head coach and her sister Leah on the varsity along with three cousins. Last season all five Strains played at the same time for the first time, something that might happen more often this year.

"That was a lot of fun," the Auburn commitment said. "It was actually in the area championship and we broke 100 points."

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