published Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Alabama guard picks Lady Mocs

Anna Claire Noblit, a prolific shooting guard from Covenant Christian School in Tuscumbia, Ala., and the Alabama Class 1A girls’ basketball player of the year in 2013, has committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Noblit said Wednesday that former Lady Mocs coach Wes Moore recruited her initially, along with assistant coach Katie Burrows, and after she met new coach Jim Foster and his staff, picking UTC was pretty easy. She announced her decision on Twitter on Tuesday evening, choosing UTC over several in-state schools, including UAB.

“I made the decision [to commit] earlier instead of later because there was really nothing that you could point out that I didn’t like about the school,” she said. “Everything was good.”

The 5-foot-6 Noblit averaged 23 points a game as a junior and led the Eagles to a 23-4 record; they were ranked No. 1 in Class 1A during the season.

Not only is Noblit already the top scorer in school history with her senior season still to come, but her name is in the AHSAA record books as well. She’s second all-time in 3-pointers made with 387 (the record is 455) and one of eight players ever to score 20 or more points in a quarter, something she’s done twice.

Noblit’s 2,616 career points, according to the AHSAA website, rank 24th all-time in the state. She could move into the top 10 with a strong senior season.

Contact John Frierson at jfrierson@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6268. Follow him at twitter.com/MocsBeat.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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