By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress Times
It didn’t take long for Adryana Bell to make an impact on the girls’ basketball program after she transferred to East Webster.
Now, Bell will be looking to make an impact on the next level after she signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College earlier this week.
“Northeast Mississippi Community College will be a better place because Adryana Bell is there,” East Webster coach Michael Seger said of his star. “I look forward to seeing how they help her expand her game and improve as a player.”
Bell helped the Lady Wolverines to the regular-season, Region 4-2A championship this season by averaging 18.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.4 steals per contest.
Those numbers are actually slightly down from a year ago – when Bell averaged 20.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. But Seger is quick to point out the dip shouldn’t be taken negatively. Not only has Bell upped the game of those around her, but she’s also spent some time on the bench as the Lady Wolverines have been involved in quite a number of blowout victories.
“As a senior, she has found ways to make her teammates better and her numbers have taken a slight dip,” Seger said. “The lower averages mean she is impacting the game more by creating looks for others.”
Bell began her high school career at West Oktibbeha before transferring to East Webster prior to her junior season, and her all-around game has evolved since.
“Adryana Bell is living proof that ‘hard work brings profit,’” Seger said in reference to Proverbs 14:23. “She transferred to East Webster last season as a raw, athletic post player who struggled to finish shots around the rim.
“She has transformed into a versatile guard who handles and passes the ball well, in addition to her outstanding ability to attack the basket and make plays for herself and others.”
Bell and the Lady Wolverines are in the Region 4-2A Tournament this week.
At Northeast Mississippi, Bell will play for head coach Brenda Mayes. The Lady Tigers are 13-7 overall and 8-1 in MACJC North Division play this season.