Hailey Peters Troy Christian Commits to Mt Vernon

05/18/2017

Photo by Lee Woolery | Speedshot Photo Troy Christian
senior Hailey Peters recently signed her national letter of intent to
play basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Eagles senior going to Mount Vernon Nazarene

By David Fong

TROY — Hailey Peters was beginning to think her basketball career had come to an end.

But then — just a few weeks before she graduated from Troy Christian High School — everything changed. And now Peters has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

“It was very stressful,” said Peters, who only recently decided to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene, where she plans to major in elementary education. “I just had to keep reminding myself that I have family and friends and God who all support me. I’m glad I took my time.”

Up until a few months ago, Peters had planned on joining her older sister Lauren at Lee University. Lauren plays soccer for the Flames, but the younger Peters sister would not have had the opportunity to play basketball for the Division II college program. By going to Mount Vernon Nazarene, Peters will be able to continue her basketball career.

“I was really set on going to Lee,” Peters said. “But then my high school coach (Tony Ferraro) set up a meeting with their coach because they were looking for another post player.”

Peters made an official visit and immediately fell in love with the school.

“I wanted to go and see their basketball program and I really enjoyed the small, Christian atmosphere,” she said. “I had been looking to go to a Christian college. It actually reminded me a lot of Troy Christian. It was small and everyone was very connected to one another. I really liked that.”

The 6-foot-2 Peters was selected to the All-Metro Buckeye Conference first team as both a junior and senior. She also was named Division IV All-Southwest District honorable mention her final two years playing for the Eagles. As a senior, she averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Mount Vernon Nazarene went 13-17 last season. Peters said she’s hoping she can step in and make an impact as a freshman for the Cougars.

“There are about six freshman and one transfer student coming in,” she said. “They are kind of rebuilding and they told me they think I’ll be able to fit in great. I’m just hoping I can go up there and earn some minutes.”

Contact David Fong at dfong@civitasmedia.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong