Clayton signs with Lady Eagles

Cassidy Clayton (front, center) signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Williams Baptist University on Friday afternoon at her home in Walnut Ridge. On hand for the signing were (front, from left): her parents, Terri and Van Clayton; (back) Samantha and Nolan Weir, Joe Clayton and Coach John Mayberry from WBU.

HOXIE — Hoxie High School graduate Cassidy Clayton signed to play basketball with the Williams Baptist University Lady Eagles on Friday afternoon.

Due to social distancing restrictions, the signing was held outdoors at the Claytons’ home.

The 2020 East All Star Team selection said she is excited to be continuing her basketball career.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to get the opportunity to play college basketball,” she said. “It’s something I dreamed of when I was younger and now I feel like all my hard work has paid off.”

Her selection to the All Start Team was the biggest honor of her high school career, according to Clayton.

“That was quite a surprise and a great way to end my time at Hoxie,” she said.

Hoxie Coach Scott Brown said Clayton led her team in three-pointers and also had the team’s best three-point percentage and best free throw percentage at 79 percent.

Her honors have also included being named All-Conference, First National Bank Player of the Game, Glen Sain Player of the Week and Lawrence County Tournament Player of the Game.

Clayton said her time at Hoxie taught her to find her role on the team and be a team player.

“I played with a lot of talented players over the past three years,” she said. “I tried to contribute in any way I could.”

Those contributions included 434 points, 65 assists, 41 steals, 44 offensive rebounds, 109 defensive rebounds and 17 blocks.

“Cassidy was definitely a blessing to coach,” Coach Brown said. “She was a tremendous teammate with great work ethic. She led by example and had a great desire to win. She will be missed next season.”

Clayton said she is looking forward to becoming a part of life at WBU.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of the Christian atmosphere at WBU,” she said. “I will be a part of the Worship Band there as well. I’m so excited to meet new people and make new memories. I know the basketball program will be more challenging at this level, but I believe I can work hard, get better and hopefully find my place on the team. I’ve always felt my most important role on any team I’ve played on was to be an encourager, and I hope to continue to do that on this new team.”

Cassidy is the daughter of Van and Terri Clayton of Walnut Ridge and the granddaughter of Phil and Phyllis Simmons of Black Rock and Jerry and Julie Clayton of Lebanon, Mo.