Terry signs with Dyersburg State Community College
Morgan Terry has been the rock solid foundation of Lady Bulldogs’ basketball for the last five years as the Cornersville senior has been playing on the varsity squad since the eighth-grade and her dedication, combined with a superior work ethic paid off when she recently signed a Letter of Intent to accept a basketball scholarship to attend Dyersburg State Community College.
“I’m very excited, I get to move in in June and start doing some basketball stuff and take some summer classes,” Terry said. “It felt like it was home here when I first walked in, it just felt like family.”
Terry scored 1,950 points in her illustrious high school career and was selected to the 11-A All-District second team as an eighth-grader before claiming All-District first team honors for the remainder of her high school career.
“I’m very excited, it’s five years we have been together,” Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. “She has had youth league coaches, Saturday league coaches, AAU coaches and us, but it comes down to the work she puts in, she always wants to be in the gym and do all that extra stuff, so to see her have this day, I’m ecstatic for her.”
In her senior season, Terry averaged 19 points per game with a 53 percent field goal mark. She also had a 32 percent 3-point field goal average, shot 69 percent from the free throw line, and averaged two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots per game, while hauling down 9.2 rebounds per contest.
“A lot of kids can play, she studies the game,” Newton said. “Anytime a player scores over 1,900 points in their career, you know that doesn’t happen without a kid getting in the gym and putting in extra time, talking about the game, watching film and that’s what it takes.”
“She is the first one in timeouts or in practice to have a new idea, she just loves the game and knows it very well.”
Dyersburg is a member of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The Lady Eagles play teams across Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee, including local schools such as Columbia State, Motlow, Volunteer State, and Chattanooga State Community College.
“I’m going to go in there and work really hard and put forth all the effort I can just to make Dyersburg a really good team and get better myself,” Terry said.
Current Dyersburg head coach Charles Taylor took over the Lady Eagles in the 2015-16 season and has posted a 28-21 record in his two seasons. Taylor played basketball for one year at Dyersburg before going on to Creighton University, where he played for two more seasons.
“We love Morgan’s character in the classroom and on the basketball court and we think she will be an asset to us in both areas, academically and as an athlete,” Taylor said. “She has size and versatility where she can step out and shoot the three, shoot the midrange, post up, can get to the rim off the dribble, take charges, she can do it all.”
Taylor worked for three years as an assistant on the men’s basketball team at Dyersburg before taking the women’s job.
“I think Morgan can fit in right away as a rotation player playing the forward spot, mixing it up kind of like a Kevin Love,” Taylor said. “We always want to touch down in the small towns, that’s where you find the diamonds in the rough and I think Morgan is one of them.”
In Terry’s five years with the Lady Bulldogs, Cornersville posted an 80-68 record and made five consecutive region tournament appearances, plus claimed a district title in the 2013-2014 campaign.
“We have seen a lot of softball players sign from Cornersville and we had a good year with football signings, but this is my first signee,” Newton said. “Her teammates love her and for a small school like Cornersville for her to go to a good program like Dyersburg sets the foundation for me as a coach and I hope we can see many more sign in the next few years.”
Terry sports a hefty 3.75 G.P.A. at Cornersville and plans on majoring in Dental Hygiene.
Terry had some words of advice for athletes chasing their dreams, even from a small town like Cornersville.
“Never give up on your dreams and always challenge yourself, because if you don’t challenge yourself than you’re not taking risks and that’s the only way you can get better and pursue your dreams,” Terry said.