Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 10, 2014

Rowan's Faith Conn joins family at KCU

Mackenzie Bates
CNHI News Service

MOREHEAD — The Conns and Kentucky Christian University go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Taylor, a volleyball standout at Rowan County, plays volleyball and basketball for the Lady Knights. Lisa, their mother, teaches at the university. Faith completes the trifecta as she signed to play basketball for the Lady Knights at a ceremony on Thursday afternoon at the high school.

“I love basketball and just the love of the game makes you want to play it all the way through,” Faith Conn said. “To be able to get this opportunity and play again is great.”

Conn, a two-time All-Area basketball selection, averaged 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the 13-15 Lady Vikings this past season.

Now she will reunite with her sister on the court next season, calling it a “dream come true.”

“We’re taking it from playing outside to high school and now college,” Conn said. “It’s going to be a great experience for both of us.”

Her former coach, Rowan County athletic director Jen Williams, could not be happier for Faith.

“Any time a kid gets an opportunity to go play in college it’s a great experience,” Williams said. “She has the heart and desire to and worked hard to get a chance to keep playing. I’ll be excited to watch her play and I truly feel her best basketball is ahead of her.”

The Lady Knights are coming off another impressive season, going 19-11 in the 2013-14 campaign and taking a third place finish in the NCCAA Division II National Tournament.

KCU loses four seniors from that squad, including leading scorer Tanya Bowens, Monica Stevens, Sharonda Jones and Jessica Marshall. Those four scored 90 percent of their points and grabbed 85 percent of minutes this past season.

With so much lost due to graduation, KCU coach Ron Arnett is happy that Faith decided to join KCU, a plan he had in the works for three years.

“She had a lot of options and visits but it finally boiled down to us,” Arnett said. “I think she made the right decision and she’ll be a great addition to our team and to campus and (it’ll be) a positive experience for her.”

“I’ve competed against some of their players (in high school),” Conn said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to step right in and compete for playing time.”

Conn is the seventh player in the 2014-15 KCU recruiting class. She joins Alivia Bierley (Mason County), Jessica Rice (Anderson County), Katie Redding (Portsmouth, Ohio), Katie Fuller (Proctorville, Ohio), Miranda Davis (Garrard County) and Shae Sparks (Bath County).

The biggest adjustment Conn will have to make? Having her mother as a teacher at KCU.

“It will be weird but fun,” Conn said.