MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake senior basketball players Kiara McPartland and Kendyl Crum have played in many important games at the high school level.
Next year, they will test their talents in the college game.
McPartland and Crum signed their national letters of intent Wednesday — to St. Ambrose University and Spokane Falls Community College, respectively — in front of friends, family and coaches.
“I’ve been deciding recently between a few schools and recently I just figured out what I wanted to do so today means a lot because I’ve kind of got it figured out and I know what I’ll be doing for the next two years,” Crum said.
Crum said that she was considering Warner Pacific University, Walla Walla Community College and some other schools farther across the country. However, the closeness of campus, some familiarity with teammates and guidance from former Chief Jessica Olson helped Spokane Falls separate itself.
“She (Olson) was helping me and showing me around and showing me everything and it was just the best environment and they were very welcoming so it was probably the best fit,” Crum said.
The 5-foot-11 Crum played primarily in the post for Moses Lake, but she said she was able to gain some wing experience will practicing in Spokane. Spokane missed the NWAC Tournament last season, but has typical been a contender in the NWAC East and won a championship in 2017.
“I’m really excited,” Crum said. “When Jessica signed two years ago that was a school I kind of had my eyes on if I was going to play because at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to play at all or not, but she helped me out a lot and stuff and it’s nice knowing I can talk to her about it if I need help with anything.”
McPartland was a steady on-ball defender and perimeter scorer for the Chiefs this season and was a starter on the 2018 team that finished third in state. Now, she is taking her talents to the Midwest — Davenport, Iowa, specifically.
“I just had an idea of where I wanted to go for college and where I wanted to continue and it fit what I was looking for,” McPartland said. “I actually wasn’t supposed to go look at it, but I was in the area and so I went and as I walked around and talked to people who go there I was just like this is where I should be.”
McPartland said the community and education at St. Ambrose factored into her decision.
“The all-around good people,” she said.
St. Ambrose was a quality team in 2019, finishing 20-10 overall and 13-7 in its conference.
“I just can’t wait to hopefully help lead them into a winning streak and take the team further than they’ve been and just really hype it up,” McPartland said.