Three ET Girls Sign

Basketball signing is here and three girls from the knoxville area signed with their schools of choice this week...

Hollifield signs with Alabama By Bill Mynatt

Powell's Caitlin Hollifield signed an NCAA letter of intent on Wednesday to attend the University of Alabama, where she will join the Crimson Tide women's basketball program next fall. She had made a verbal commitment to attend Alabama last January, but Wednesday was the first opportunity allowed by the NCAA in the early signing period for high school senior basketball players.

Hollifield has been a part of a winning tradition at Powell. In her first three years of high school, the 6 foot post player has led her team to a combined record of 84 - 25, and appearances in the state semifinals in her first two years of high school, and the quarterfinals last year in Tennessee's largest classification. She has averaged 12.04 points and 7.4 rebounds per game over her career, including 15.3 PPG and 10.3 RPG last year as a junior.

Hollifield has been named Street and Smith All American, first team All State, and has been named to numerous All District, All Region, and individual All Tourney teams during her career.

"It is really a relief to know that all of my hard work has finally paid off", Hollifield told me. "This is a day I've been waiting for for a long, long time. I am really excited to have this opportunity."

Hollifield chose Alabama over Vandy, LSU and UT-Chattanooga.

Bishop Signs With C-N By Russell Mayes

After a recent visit to Carson-Newman, Fulton's Portia Bishop decided that playing for Coach Dean Walsh and the Lady Eagles was the best fit for her.

She signed a full basketball scholarship on the early signing date this past Wednesday.

This past season Portia earned All-State honors with 22ppg 10rpg 3.5spg and led East Tennessee with 60% field goal percentage.

As a sophomore she averaged 18ppg 8rpg and shot 45% from the field. For her career, Portia has scored over 1000 points and grabbed over 500 rebounds in just two seasons with the Lady Falcons.

Portia had a career high 37 points in last year's Region Tournament win.

Puleo Signs with Georgia Dan Moyers

5'9" guard Angela Puleo signed with the University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs Wednesday.

Puleo broke the Blount County single-game record for scoring with a 43-point effort as a junior.

She led her William Blount Lady Governor teammates into the District 4AAA playoffs as a junior and senior.

She scored 40 points or more twice, she scored 30 or more points 10 times, and scored at least 20 points in 24 of 31 games in 2005-06.

Puleo also set William Blount's record with 1,683rd career points.

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