Dublin senior Lauren Duncan signed to accept a full scholarship to continue playing basketball for Ranger College Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm ecstatic, I can't wait," said Duncan after a brief signing celebration inside the Dublin High School library. "I get to play college basketball. That's something I've wanted to do since I could walk."

Duncan led the Lady Lions last season with 14.1 points, 7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The power forward accumulated 436 points as a senior.

Duncan said when she shared the news of going to Ranger, her mother, Janna, began screaming on the phone and her father, Robert, was proud.

"I was just wanting an opportunity to play. (The full scholarship) was just icing on the cake," Duncan said.

Dublin head coach Jill Kendall believes Duncan will succeed at Ranger.

"She's a great shooter and I know that's what they are looking for - a shooter with some size," Kendall said.

Tara Towns was the last Dublin female athlete to sign with a college in 2008. She went to Tarleton State and was a senior when the 2011-12 TexAnns won the Lone Star Conference regular season and post season tournament championships on their way to a third straight regional tournament appearance.

Duncan is the second Dubliner to sign a basketball letter in recent weeks as boys center Jakob Damstra inked with Tarleton.

Duncan hopes to excel well enough to continue beyond the junior college ranks.

"I just need to work on everything, making myself an all-around better player and spending hours in the gym," Duncan said.


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