Embracing the home court advantage, Plainview High’s Emily Sigala signed her National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Wayland Baptist University on Friday.
The first team all-district point guard led the Lady Bulldogs in assists and steals this season and averaged 10.1 points per game. She helped the team make its first appearance in the regional title game since 2011 with a 20-9 overall record. Head coach Adrian Alfaro said while Sigala’s notable basketball skills contributed to the team’s success, her passion for helping others is what really makes the athlete exceptional.
“She’s pretty much every coach’s dream,” Alfaro said. “She is just very kind-hearted and is always putting others before herself. She is going to make a great fit at Wayland.”
A NAIA powerhouse in women’s basketball, the Flying Queens have been ranked in the top five nationally each week for the past two years. However, the program is undergoing a significant change next season.
As head coach Alesha Ellis leaves the program for Angelo State University, Sigala said she is curious how her first year playing college basketball will pan out while the team adjusts to finding a new leader. The new recruit remains optimistic, however.
“Next season is going to be interesting,” Sigala said. “I am really looking forward to it, and I know all of the hard work is going to pay off.”
With hopes of coaching future Lady Bulldogs, the athlete’s devotion to her hometown not only influenced her commitment to WBU’s program but also impacted her future career choice. Sigala plans to pursue a degree in education and return to her alma mater after graduating.
“I really value helping other people,” Sigala said. “I want to be an inspiration for younger girls and be good role model for Plainview, and this gives me the opportunity to do just that.”