By Jeff Owens
All-American guard Carsyn Fearday has decided to leave Lake Land College after only one basketball season to accept a full-ride scholarship to Maryville University in St. Louis.
Fearday averaged a team-high 15.4 points and converted 35.7 of her 3-pointers last season during which the Lakers went 30-3, won the Region 24 tournament and earned the No. 4 seed in the NJCAA national womens basketball tournament before it, like all other sports nationally, were shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Carsyn had a great season for us this season,” Lake Land coach Dave Johnson said. “We will definitely miss her next year, at the same time we are very excited for her as she is meeting one of her goals that she set coming into Lake Land.”
Fearday will have three years remaining to play for the Saints, an NCAA Division II school that plays in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Maryville went 16-12 this past season under coach Collin Lanam, averaging 73 points per game and making 36.9 percent of its 3s to finish tied for eighth overall in the 16-team league.
“This was definitely a hard decision for me,” Fearday said. Maryville has been somewhere that I have always been interested in playing at. So this is kind of a dream come true for me. I will be majoring in physical therapy/exercise science and academically I knew Maryville was somewhere I could get a good degree at. “
“I wasn’t able to get on campus. I had a virtual visit with the coaches. It was all kind of a whirlwind but I trust the coaches and I felt that this was the best decision for me. Leaving Lake Land will be so hard. This year was so much fun and Coach Johnson is awesome. I loved playing for him and I loved all the new friendships I made. They definitely made this decision so hard for me. We had such a successful year and I won’t trade that for anything. I will always remember these girls and the success that we had. Some goals for me at the next level would just to become an all-around better player and to bring a winning mindset to the table. I love to win and hopefully I can do that at the next level. Team wise, hopefully winning the conference and making a national tournament run.”