With her eyes filled with tears of joy and surrounded by family, teammates and friends, Parkway senior Halle Washington signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball with Georgia Thursday in the school library.
Washington, a 6-foot-3 forward, was a first-team All-Bossier Parish selection last season. She was also named second-team Class 5A All-State and the District 1-5A MVP.
Washington averaged 14.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
She led the Lady Panthers to a 22-13 record. Parkway finished second to eventual state runner-up Southwood in District 1-5A, losing only to the Lady Cowboys in district play.
The Lady Panthers lost to eventual state champion Lafayette 53-44 in the second round of the playoffs.
Washington will be joining one of the SEC’s top programs. Last season, the Lady Bulldogs finished 23-11 overall and tied for third in the SEC. Georgia, which is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation, has made the NCAA Tournament 17 straight years.
Washington said the main reason she chose Georgia was the coaching staff.
“I just fell in love with them — coach Joni and coach Mosley and all of them. They made me feel like I was at home,” she said.
Washington was referring to Georgia associate head coach Joni Crenshaw and assistant Robert Mosley.
“Halle is obviously very well thought of on the national level and rightfully so,” Georgia head coach Andy Landers said on the school’s website “She is a tremendous competitor…a warrior. She has a complete skill set, is eager to develop and fits very well into our style of play.”