HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hickory’s McClain signs to play for Belmont Abbey women

Published Wednesday, June 14th, 2017



HICKORY – The basketball career of Hickory High’s A’mya McClain will continue next season at Belmont Abbey College.

McClain will attend The Abbey on athletic and academic scholarships and play for head coach Audrey Timmerman, a press release issued Tuesday by the Hickory Public Schools said.

She was HHS’ Defensive Player of the Year last season and was the starting point guard on the Red Tornadoes’ 2015 unbeaten state 3A championship team.

“I’ve had a great experience at Hickory High,” McClain said in the press release. “Coach Barbara Helms taught me to ‘Never give up’ no matter how tired I was because she reminded me there will always be another player working to be better than me. I learned to be a team player — a leader both on and off the court, thanks to Coach Helms.”

Said Helms in the press release: “A’mya’s teammates and I are proud of her accomplishments and we know she will be very successful at the next level.”

McClain also played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball.

Before playing at HHS, she attended schools in the Catawba County Schools system.

McClain plans to study elementary education at Belmont Abbey.

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