Edmonson County senior guard Madison Rich signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play women’s basketball next season at Austin Peay.
Rich verbally committed to the Lady Govs in July. She also had some interest from Lipscomb and Transylvania, she said, but no other full offers.
“I went down there and visited once, and they offered me a full scholarship,” Rich said. “Right away, I knew I loved the coaches and loved the campus. … About a month ago, I went down and met all the girls. They were so nice, and I knew it was perfect for me.”
Austin Peay, which is coached by former Western Kentucky assistant Carrie Daniels, competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Lady Govs are 2-3 this season.
“Maddie is a true scorer,” Daniels said in a statement. “She can create off the dribble, shoot off the catch and has one of the prettiest shots we’ve seen. Maddie is probably one of the most hidden gems out there having not played AAU or travel ball, and we feel we hit the jackpot with her.”
Rich averaged 22.9 points and eight rebounds for Edmonson County last season. She shot 41.7 percent from the field and made 84.1 percent of 251 free-throw attempts.
The guard opened some eyes last year by scoring 47 points – including 18 of 19 free throws – in an 83-81, double-overtime loss to Meade County. The Lady Cats lost in the opening round of the Region 3 Tournament.
“We lost one senior last year,” Rich said. “That’ll hurt us a little bit, but with the practice so far, I think we’ve gotten back into it and we’ll have a really good season.”