McDowell High School senior Cheyenne Matson will continue her basketball career as the Lady Titan standout committed earlier this week to Division II Erskine College.
So far, Matson is the only McDowell basketball player from this year’s senior class to have signed with a school for the 2016-17 season. The athletic wing played a significant role for coach Jennifer Brooks her junior and senior years.
After being used primarily as a sixth man her junior year, she took on a bigger role this season as a senior and mentor. Matson finished this past season as the team’s leading scorer and was looked upon as the team’s go-to option.
Matson feels that her experience will help prepare her for her next journey.
“As a junior, I came in and played as a sixth man and a scorer and worked on my all-around game and learning different aspects of the game,” said Matson. “Then, my senior year, I had to come in and step up what I learned and to then be a leader.”
Matson led the Lady Titans in scoring (12.8 ppg) and free throw percentage (83.1 percent), and was second on the team in both assists (1.6 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). She also averaged 2.5 rebounds. Matson was named to the Mountain Athletic 4A/3A All-Conference team. She helped lead the Lady Titans to a 16-10 record and the split conference’s 4A regular-season championship.
Matson sees the potential that her introduction into Erskine’s program could go in a similar manner.
“They have a bunch of guards and I think early on it could be a case of me again coming in and learning the game at that level,” said Matson.
Matson, who also had gauged interest from programs such as North Greenville and Catawba, really felt the connection with head coach Russ Gregg played a big role in her choice.
“Being able to play basketball at the next level has always been a dream of mine so this opportunity really means a lot,” she said. “And Erskine was going to give me the best opportunity. Their coach was really good to both me and my parents when we visited and spoke to him.”
Sporting a 3.6 GPA, Matson has chosen to study psychology once she gets on campus in the fall.
Now that Matson is finishing out her senior year and is about to graduate, she looks back at how her tenure as a basketball player at McDowell has been a very enjoyable experience working through the ranks.
“McDowell is such a great basketball community and how the people support it,” Matson said. “It gets crazy sometimes, with the excitement and all. I am proud to have been a part of it.”
The Erskine Flying Fleet, a member of the Conference of Carolinas, finished with a 16-14 mark last season.