GIRLS BASKETBALL: Kentwood's Huerta chooses Eastern Washington University

She's taking her basketball — and signature headband — and heading east.

Kylie Huerta, Kentwood's diminutive point guard who is known as much for draining clutch jumpers as she is for wearing a variety of different colored headbands during the course of the season, verbally committed last week to play next year at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

"I kind of knew before I committed (to Eastern) that that was where I wanted to be," said Huerta, who will become a four-year letterman for the Conquerors in the winter. "I went on an unofficial visit and loved the coaches. And I like Cheney. The population there is pretty much just the school."

Last year, Huerta earned South Puget Sound League North Division co-MVP honors. She tied for the league lead in points per game (18.9), was third in 3-point percentage (40.3), second in assists (65) and led the league in steals (57). Along the way, Huerta led the Conks to their fifth straight state berth. Kentwood won its opener at state before dropping its final two games.

Huerta, a 5-foot-1 point guard, has been an all-league selection in each of her three seasons. She earned honorable mention accolades as a freshman, when she was Kentwood's fourth offensive option. As a sophomore, Huerta earned first-team honors and helped the Conquerors win the program's first ever Class 4A state championship. Last year as a junior, Huerta elevated her game even more, earning co-MVP honors.

The 17-year-old Kentwood star will join close friend and former Kentlake standout Morganne Comstock at Eastern.

"There's not a lot of times when you get to go an d play with someone you've known forever," Huerta said.

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