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Larose to play at Spring Hill College


Genna Larose has signed to play college basketball at Spring Hill College. (Photo by Submitted photo)


The 2012-13 basketball season for the Lady Cardinals of E.D. White Catholic was one of the best in program history.

The team went 25-6 overall, which included a District 7-3A title with a perfect league mark of 10-0 and made the program's first appearance in the state quarterfinals since 1980.

Lady Cardinals senior guard Genna Larose, paired with classmate Jordan Gros, was a major reason for the team's success.

Now Larose hopes four more seasons of successful basketball are in her future at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where the 5-foot-7 guard has signed on to play.

At first, Larose said she was simply looking to attend school at Spring Hill, but the more she learned about the women's basketball program the more her interest grew in playing for the Badgers.

"At first I was really attracted to the school itself because it has a beautiful campus and an awesome academic reputation," Larose said. "When I started looking into the basketball program a little bit, I thought I would fit in well there, and I really wanted to continue playing so I was able to meet with their coach, and I sent her some film, and we kept in touch. From there she ended up offering me a scholarship."

And Larose accepted.

Spring Hill is an NAIA school that competes in the Southern States Athletic Conference. It was 12-17 overall and 7-11 in conference this past season.

Larose was a first team all-district selection her senior season at E.D. White after averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

"I'm very blessed and excited for this chance," Larose said. "We had an amazing season (at E.D. White). We couldn't have done it without everyone on the team and the coaches and all the sacrifices everyone made. It really meant a lot to me, especially it being my senior year."

Larose was also named to The Courier/the Daily Comet's All-Region first team and was an honorable mention all-state selection.

"She is the type of player whose leadership and hard work and enthusiasm will help Spring Hill become a top-notch program," Lady Cardinals coach Darin Fontz said. "She has worked very hard as a player to improve herself, not only on the court, but as a senior captain. I know she will continue to work hard to be the best player she can be."

Fontz said the 2012-13 Lady Cardinals will be a team other E.D. White girls basketball teams will be compared to.

I would have to say their five-year careers were one of the most successful stints in E.D. White girls basketball history," Fontz said. "They definitely raised the bar."

Larose joins former Vandebilt Catholic standout Leah Washington on the Badgers squad.

Washington, a 5-11 center/forward, played in every game as freshman last season at Spring Hill, averaged 4.7 points a contest with 154 rebounds (5.3 a game) and was named to the SSAC all-freshman team.