COLLEGE DECISION: Casey Wallace (Spokane)

Spokane senior signs with Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.

Wallace makes college decision

SPOKANE — One of the state’s premier shooters hasn’t let her height slow her down, choosing a bunch of hard work and a burning competitive fire to overcome her listed 5’4 height.

On Monday, that hard work paid off as she signed a letter-of-intent to play at Lyon College, an NAIA school located in Batesville, Ark. Wallace has scored 1,500 career points and says she hopes to make a push for 2,000 career points before her senior year is over. And she is just 17 3-pointers away from breaking the state’s career record for 3-pointers made.

However, Wallace says she takes pride in being known for more than just her 3-point shooting and has improved all aspects of her game, including averaging a career high in assists this season.

Spokane 2018 guard Casey Wallace signs her letter-of-intent on Monday to play at Lyon College.

I would say I am an all around player,” she says. “I have a good basketball IQ and have a good understanding of game situations. I shoot the ball very well and work hard on both ends of the floor. My game is not determined by my height, but determined by the effort I put out on and off the floor.” 

Wallace put together a strong offseason competing for Yanders Law and said the experience helped her grow both on and off the court.

“I enjoyed all of my years playing AAU basketball,” Wallace said. “I developed my game by getting out of my comfort zone and pushing to be the all around player I am. My teammates were great. They pushed my abilities and expected my very best. I will miss every single one of them. I am a competitive person and playing against some of the best players in the country was an amazing experience.”

Wallace says she has been playing alongside her Spokane teammates since first grade.

“We have grown as players and young women together and I wouldn’t trade them for the world,” Wallace said. “The team this year has had some rough patches. We have lost some games we should have won, but we are learning from our mistakes and pushing to get better each game. We are striving for our goal of having a winning season.”

Wallace says her dad has had the  biggest impact on her basketball career to date. 

“Hee has pushed me to be the best I can be,” Wallace said. “He has been working with me since I was in kindergarten and has never stopped helping me improve. He believes in my abilities and that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

A fan of Maya Moore, Wallace says she got an opportunity to watch her play while in Atlanta at a summer basketball tournament.

“I have been watching her since I was little and was able to take her aggression and drive and use it in my own games,” Wallace said. “Her determination and desire to win is similar to myself. I look up to her.”

Wallace ays she chose Lyon based on the atmosphere and the team, both the players and coaches.

“The campus is beautiful and the team was so welcoming to me,” she said. “They wanted me as apart of their family and connected with my love for the game. I knew from the moment I met the coaches and players that this was the home for me. 

“The whole experience was exactly what I was looking for and I can’t wait for what the future holds as a Lady Scot!”