(DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – Aleigha Spotted Horse of Lodge Grass has signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at Dawson Community College. She will be joining former teammate Amaya Brien who is starting her sophomore year at DCC.
Spotted Horse, a 5’8 guard/forward, was Lodge Grass’s top scorer during her time as a varsity player on the team. Playing under coach Char Old Bull, she was a team captain for two seasons, participated in this year’s annual Treasure State Classic, had success in the classroom graduating with a 3.7 GPA and was a member in the National Honors Society.
Last season she averaged 18 points, six rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals per game.
Spotted Horse also played for Jana Water’s travel team called Blue Waters. Waters was an All-Conference player for the Lady Buccaneers in the early 1990’s.
“Aleigha has been a standout on my travel ball team,” said Waters. “She is versatile on both offense and defense where she can play a variety of roles dependent upon players around her. She has a positive, but also a competitive attitude that benefits her approach to any team. I’m excited to see this next chapter in her basketball book and life with the Lady Bucs! I loved it during my time at DCC.”
“During this past basketball season, I was able to see Aleigha play during the playoffs,” said DCC coach Romeo Lagmay. “I was impressed how well she competed on both ends of the court. It was quite evident she was on the floor to win. Hustle plays and a focused approach was totally seen in her body language. I sent her letters of interest and expressed that we wanted her in our program to continue to build our successful legacy with the Lady Bucs. I can’t wait to surround her with an incoming class that has her same mind set.”
Spotted Horse said committing to DCC was a sound decision.
“I signed with Dawson because they showed the most commitment in wanting me at their school, one of the few schools to meet me halfway and show they actually wanted my talents,” she said. “Seemed like I’d be the perfect fit for the team and I feel like it’s the right place to go and continue my basketball career. The coaching staff was also a big reason, always keeping in contact. So Dawson was a school I was really considering. My main goal is to break the barrier of Native American student athletes. I want to do the best I can on the court as well as the classroom. My main priority is the academics and that’s something my family hit home on even before I started my path for basketball. I’m appreciative of the opportunity Dawson is giving me to be a student athlete, and I want to strive academically.”