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Antonita Slaughter became the first Shelby Countian to be drafted by the WNBA on Monday night.
Slaughter, a 6-foot-1 guard and Christian Academy of Louisville graduate who recently completed her playing career at the University of Louisville, was drafted 35th overall (11th in the third, and final, round) by the Los Angeles Sparks.
“IM STILL CRYING!!!!!! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!” Slaughter tweeted that night.
Slaughter averaged 8.7 points and 4 rebounds per game this past season for the Cardinals, who finished 33-5 and lost to Maryland in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She also shot 45 percent from the field, including 36.2 percent from 3-point range, and 71.9 percent from the free-throw line in 32 games, starting 27.
Slaughter missed six games after suffering a seizure-like episode during a game in early December. It was initially feared that her playing career was over due to a blood clot in her lung, but after further tests she was cleared to rejoin her team.
“It’s just truly a blessing,” Slaughter said at a news conference Wednesday. “The doctors saying that I wasn’t going to be able to play anymore, just to come back and be with my teammates on the court again, it means everything to come back. And to get drafted, that just tops everything off. I know I’ve got to still work for it, and I’m going to do that because I understand it can be taken away so fast so I really appreciate that. It’s a blessing in disguise.”
Slaughter’s older brother, A.J., plays professionally in France. Her older sister, Toni, lives in Portland, and played in college at UofL and the University of Cincinnati.
“So I’ll get to see her a lot too, so it’s kind of cool that I’m going to L.A.,” Slaughter said.
Saturday will be a busy one for county spring sports teams. Here’s a glance at the events/games they will be participating in:
Collins senior Zack Hershey will sign to play football for Hanover (Ind.) College today in the high school’s library.
Collins seniors Matt Young and Ryan Metcalf will sign to play men’s soccer for Asbury College on Wednesday in the high school’s library.