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IU Northwest Lady RedHawks sign Hebron guard Kara Cunningham

Coach Ryan Shelton continues to recruit Porter County Conference talent

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Hebron High School senior Kara Cunningham signs her letter of intent to play for the IU Northwest Lady RedHawks next season. Cunningham is the third IU Northwest basketball recruit this season to sign out of the Porter County Conference.

Fresh off their best season in the program’s history, the Indiana University Northwest Lady RedHawks added to their already-impressive 2010 recruiting class on March 22 with the signing of Hebron High School senior Kara Cunningham, who signed her letter of intent at the IU Northwest Savannah Center.

Kara joins Annmarie Keller (Kouts) and Kelly Dobson (Boone Grove) as the third IU Northwest recruit this year to hail from Indiana’s Porter County Conference. The 5’8” point guard averaged 3.6 points, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 22 percent from three-point range this season for the Hebron Lady Hawks.

“Kara is a versatile guard who can handle the point and also play on the wings,” said IU Northwest head coach Ryan Shelton. “She’s a very unselfish player who understands the game well and has a winning attitude. As an outstanding student and teammate, Kara is a great fit for our program and university. We are very excited to have her with us.”

A natural wing player, Kara moved to the point this year for Hebron out of necessity. After helping the Lady Hawks to a 13-9 record in 2008-09, she led a young Hebron squad to a 7-14 overall record this past season. Having competed against (PCC) and played with (AAU) new teammates Keller and Dobson, Kara already has a sense of familiarity with the other newest RedHawks.

“Being able to play with two people who were our big competition, that’s going to be pretty exciting,” she said.

“Toward the end of the season, changes to our roster left us a bit thin at the guard position,” Shelton explained. “We feel really good about Kara and the other new additions to our roster, and about their ability to contribute right away.”

Kara joins a RedHawk squad that won a school-record 24 games, claimed the Association of Independent Institutions’ Tournament title, made its first-ever NAIA Tournament appearance, and returns 12 letter-winners and five starters next season.

Kara and her parents credited Shelton for giving his recruitment process a more personalized touch than what they saw at some other schools.

“The coach has really gone out of his way, big-time. That has really impressed us a lot,” said Kara’s father, Tim Cunningham. “And it’s a winning program. You’ve got a winning program that’s close to home. That’s a huge selling point. But the main thing was the coach, and how personable he’s been with her and with us.”

“He made me feel comfortable and like a part of the team, even though I really wasn’t at the time,” Kara said of Shelton. “Plus, I know the Kellers, and they told me a lot about Coach Shelton and about the team. I came to a few games, and I just felt comfortable being here.”

Kara will study secondary education and history at IU Northwest. She will wear No. 5 for the RedHawks next season.


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