Acree, a senior at Trigg County High School, completed paperwork during a ceremony at TCHS last Wednesday.
Acree finished her Lady Wildcat career with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, reaching that scoring plateau with the last basket of Trigg’s overtime win over Crittenden County in the 5th District Tournament Championship.
“It’s a proud moment for our program,” Trigg head coach Amy Breckel said. “We’ve had so many good moments this year, and to have a young woman signing to continue her education and her athletic career tops it off. I’ve seen her go through some hard times, and to reach this accomplishment after going through them I know makes her and her family proud, as well.”
Candice Gist, who is entering her second season as coach at Wabash, said she is looking forward to adding Acree to her team.
“I think she’ll be a great addition,” Gist said. “I’m looking forward to working with her. Coach Amy has done a great job of preparing her for this.”
Breckel said she and Acree talked about Mid-Continent University and Kentucky Wesleyan as possibilities, but Breckel said she feels Acree will benefit from going to a two-year junior college and should be prepared to move on to another university to complete her education.
“We felt like this was a great fit for Janada,” Breckel said. “Coach Gist is really involved with her players on a daily basis. That support system will help her succeed.”
Acree said she was sold on Wabash during a visit and practice with the team.
“When I first came on campus, I felt really welcome, and that’s what I was looking for,” Acree said. “I wanted to go somewhere I knew I belonged.”
Acree, who plans to major in health and physical education, said the environment at Trigg helped perpare her for life in college.
“It helped make me who I am,” Acree said. “Having to put up with as much as they had to with me, it’s good I have people like [the coaches] in my life.”