In the end, the decision wasn't that difficult after all.

Alex Huckabee could have played basketball at a lot of schools after being named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A all-state team, but only one seemed to be the perfect fit.

Huckabee, a four-year letterwinner and significant part of two regional quarterfinal runs at Stephenville, committed to Hardin-Simmons University Friday.

The NCAA Division III school in Abilene offers Huckabee the chance to play collegiate basketball, and just as importantly, gives her the opportunity to begin her physical therapy studies.

"I'm going to major in biology because you can't go right into physical therapy," said Huckabee. "But that is what I want to do."

Hardin-Simmons offers a doctorate program in physical therapy, and the educational side of her college career is of the utmost importance to Huckabee.

"School is very important to me," she said. "It was a big part of my decision."

Building a positive relationship with ninth-year HSU head coach Shanna Briggs certainly didn't hurt.

"I really like the coach," Huckabee said. "I trust her and can't wait to play for her."

Huckabee's mother, Stephenville High School teacher Kathleen Huckabee, said Briggs has contacted Alex once a week since her recruitment began.

"They talk all the time," Kathleen Huckabee said. "We really like (Briggs)."

Briggs led the Cowgirls to a 19-7 record this spring. They reached the semifinal round of the American Southwest Conference Championship.

Huckabee may have played her final games with her Stephenville teammates, but she does have a pair of all-star appearances planned. She will be in the Chicken Express-Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce all-star event at Mineral Wells High School on Saturday.

MWHS is a special place for Alex. It was the site of all four of Stephenville's playoff wins the last two seasons.

She has also been picked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all-star event in Abilene in June.