If someone did not know where Christian County's Bianna Snorton was signing her national letter of intent to Friday, it became clear as soon as they walked into the CCHS library and seeing the many family and friends wearing John A. Logan T-shirts.

Snorton made her decision a few weeks ago, but it became real Friday as she signed to continue her basketball and academic career at the Illinois junior college.

At the beginning of her junior year, Snorton told CCHS coach Kiki Radford she wanted to play basketball at the next level.

The future Volunteer admitted she did not know the hard work she was about to go through.

"I just had this thing going for myself that I couldn't make it," Snorton said. "She always told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be and she pushed me to be exactly what I wanted. I thank her for that."

Radford admitted she was somewhat hesitant, but knew her guard had the ability.

"When she told me, like I said I didn't say a word because Bianna says a lot of things," Radford said. "I wanted to see how serious she was. How serious she was to put that work in to achieve that goal."

The Lady Colonel coach said Snorton is someone that all players can look up to.

"Last year she didn't play much, she didn't start, she didn't contribute as much as we would have liked her to," she said. "She's definitely worked hard over the summer. She was able to get some extra work in, get in the gym. It all paid off. She had a goal, a dream to play at the next level. It's nothing that I could have done, it was all her. She had to put that work in and she definitely did. I'm glad that she's getting this opportunity to play at the next level because she's really worked her butt off to achieve this."

Despite already making her verbal commitment and being recruited by coaches, Snorton admitted she was not sure she would play at the next level until she signed those papers Friday.

She said it was something she has always wanted.

"Everything," she said. "I can't even explain the emotions that I'm feeling … I'm just so grateful for this opportunity and I can't wait to show people that I can do whatever I set my mind to."

John A. Logan coach Amanda Shelby also was on hand for Snorton's signing.

Snorton is the fourth Hopkinsville native to play for the Volunteers in the last few years.

"It seems like they have a really great core of basketball players," Shelby said of Hopkinsville. "You've got three great schools that can produce."

For Snorton, it was the aspect of togetherness that she felt at Christian County that drew her to John A.

"The team, the family bond that they had," she said. "I knew people that went there and I talked to them about it and they were telling me the same thing, the family bond that they had. I can't wait to get there and create a bond with them."

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