It was not an easy decision for Horn, who contemplated others schools for non-basketball reasons. In the end she decided to keep her career going and accepted a partial scholarship that will cover around 80-percent of her college expenses.
Before signing on for basketball, Horn said she took a couple of days to decide if she wanted to pursue college from a basketball standpoint or an academic one. Schools she was looking at for academic reasons included Alabama, Georgia State, and Alabama State. She chose Andrew College to continue playing and because of the people that welcomed her in.
“Everybody has a good spirit,” Horn said. “I think it is a better fit for me.”
Horn called the coach at Andrew College a very enthusiastic person that is “determined to teach me everything I need to know about basketball to get at the next level.”
Horn believes she will get playing time quickly, as a starter or from the bench.
A three year starter for Lithia, Horn has been the second leading scoring for the Lady Lions in her senior season, averaging 10.4 points per game. She has made a team high 42-percent of her two point shots (30 attempts min) and 31 percent of her 3-pointers (30 attempts min). She is also one of only two players to have played in every single game.
“She has been a floor general, a leader on the court, a leader in the locker room, and a leader in every aspect of the term leader,” said LSHS coach David Mills. “We relied on her very heavily this year, especially in handling the basketball and getting it into the right places. She doesn’t wow you with any flash but by the end of the night she has 10-15 points, a couple of steals, a couple of assists, and a couple of rebounds. She is a steady kid.”
Currently at Lithia, Horn is also the Vice President for the National Honor Society, and is a member of HOSSA and the Spanish Honors Society. She also played on the volleyball team.
While her time in high school has been filled with obstacles to overcome, she will have fond memories playing for Mills and the Lady Lions.
“[Playing for Coach Mills] has been a great experience,” Horn said. “I have learned a lot and have come along way. I just need to work hard and keep going.”
Women’s basketball was re-introduced to Andrew College in the fall of 2006 and has grown every year since. The Lady Tigers compete in Region XVII of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The team is coached by Samantha Paradise. Paradise took over the team last fall after the firing of long time coach Mike Riffe, who helped restart the program in 2006. He was let go after at 10-20 season that included an 0-18 conference record.
Paradise spent time as an assistant coach at Auburn University at Montgomery and at Barry University in Miami before joining the Lady Tigers.
Horn plans to major in either Physically Therapy or Athletic Training.
The Lady Lions of Lithia are 14-7 this season and in first place in their 5B-AAAAA subregion.