Fort Gay, W. Va. — Tolsia Senior Lynndsey Cassell will continue her basketball and academic career at Kentucky Christian University after signing on the dotted line last Tuesday.
L to R KCU Head Coach Lisa Conn, Mom Cindy Cassell, Lynndsey Cassell, Dad Ryan Cassell, Sister McKenzie Cassell, Tolsia Head Coach Ric Morrone
The Kentucky Christian Women’s team is led by Head Coach Lisa Conn and is coming off a 19-14 record competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference 2022. KCU also participated in the National Collegiate Christian Athletic Association tournament this year in the Mideast Regional. The Lady Knights fell to Asbury University in the first round.
Cassell finished a successful career with the Tolsia Lady Rebels this season and has had a banner year. She has averaged double figures this season in scoring, and has helped lead the Lady Rebels to a 15-7 record against a challenging schedule against top competition from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. She was a large part of a Lady Rebel team that achieved a #3 Ranking in the Associated Press Poll. The Tolsia Girls also claimed the BJM/Keyplayer Shootout Title in 2022 and 2019. The Lady Rebels advanced to the Class A Region 4 Finals before falling to state Class A #1 Gilmer County.
• Season Stats/ Highlights: 10ppg 5 reb, 5.0 asst and 3 steals
• Highlights 21 pts/ 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals vs New Hope Christian Academy
• 21pts / 10 rebounds (dbl/dbl), 4 assists and 3 steals vs South Harrison H.S. in the WVHIT tournament.
Lynndsey plans to major in Business with a minor in Broadcasting.
Lynndsey with Tolsia teammates and coaches.
Tolsia Senior and KCU signee Lynndsey Cassell
“… I want to thank all of the coaches who have got me to this point. Larry Henry, Ryan McComas, Ronnie Bledsoe, Mike Ward, Shannon Lewis, Mark Hannah, Ric Morrone, Jennifer Jude and also Lisa Conn for giving me the opportunity to play the next level and be apart of a great program like KCU. I also want to thank my family because I wouldn’t be here without you guys. My mom, dad and my sister for putting a lot things on the backburner for me and to support me the way they do. I also want to thank all of my teammates over the years. Thank you for pushing me and making me a better player and for all of you for being here today. I also want to thank Robin Newsome and Todd Howard for a being a part of my development.”
“… When I was looking into a college in general I’m a real big family person and I want to be apart of a team that is family. When I got to go on a visit there it felt like home. Coach Conn and Coach Kirk Wells were very welcoming. When I got to play with the girls I was confident that was where I wanted to be. All of the girls were welcoming as well.”
“… Glad I got to finish at Tolsia, I went away for a couple of years but this has always been home for me and my family. I’m close enough that I can come back and watch my sister and the Rebels play as well.”
Tolsia Head Coach Ric Morrone
“… Lynndsey will bring a great work ethic, versatility and leadership to the Lady Knights Program. It is always great to see one of our players achieve their goal to play at the next level. Lynndsey is a great example of when dedication and commitment to improvement come together with talent, the sky is the limit! She will be a great addition to Coach Conn’s Lady Knights and we can’t wait to watch the next chapter unfold for Lynndsey Cassell. She is a great player , student, and will be successful in all her endeavors.”
KCU Head Coach Lisa Conn
COLLEGE COACH’S COMMENTS
“… Really excited to get Lynndsey, she has been on campus a few times to work out with our team during open gym and she fits in really well with our program. We want her to be very aggressive and attack the basket and get up a bunch of shots. She is going to fit in real well with what we are trying to do. I think she will have an immediate impact on our team next season. Super excited to have her and we are going to see some good things this fall.”