MHS grads in college: Stacey wraps up stellar hoops career for Bobcats

Lees-McRae point guard Markia Stacey dribbles past a defender during a game last season. Stacey wrapped up her four-year career as the Bobcats' all-time assists leader with 551. Matt Jones/courtesy Lees-McRae Athletics

The winter sports seasons have wrapped up at many area colleges, and one former McDowell Lady Titan star has just completed an historic college basketball career.

Lees-McRae point guard Markia Stacey finished her stellar career as the school’s all-time assist leader and ninth leading scorer, compiling 1,277 points and 551 assists. She is also the school’s all-time leader in single-season assists at 5.9 per game, set during her junior campaign.

Stacey was named to the All-Conference Carolinas second team, earning all-league status for the second straight year after leading her team and the league in both assists (168) and assists per game (5.8). Stacey finished 13th in the nation in apg.

She also led the Bobcats in minutes played (35.3 per game) and was second on the club in scoring (13.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (42.5 percent). Stacey was third on the team in 3-point percentage (37.7 percent) and also collected 3 rebounds per contest for Lees-McRae, which finished 14-15 overall and 10-10 in conference play.

In addition to her assist and scoring marks, Stacey stands fourth all-time in Bobcats history in 3-pointers (193); fifth in steals (212); sixth in 3-point percentage (35.6 percent); eighth in steals per game (2.0); and ninth in field goals (437), field goals attempted (1,110) and games played (108).

Stacey will graduate this spring with a degree in business administration with concentrations in both accounting and finance.

A 2015 MHS graduate, Stacey became just the second Lady Titan player to make the all-conference team four times. As a junior, she was named the Mountain Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year. She finished her remarkable high school career with 993 points, 693 assists and 316 steals.

Here’s a look at three other former MHS players who participated in winter sports at their respective colleges:

Cannon Lamb (Brevard College, basketball) – Lamb completed an outstanding sophomore season, leading the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg) and 3-point percentage (40.5 percent). He was second on the club with 1.8 assists per game and was third in scoring at 8.9 ppg.

Lamb, a 6-foot-5 forward, had season-highs of 19 points against Maryville and nine rebounds against Covenant. The Tornados finished 5-20 overall and 2-16 in USA South Conference play.

A 2017 McDowell graduate, Lamb was an honorable-mention All-MAC choice after averaging 4.9 points, 6.4 boards, 2.4 assists and 1 steal per game as a senior for the 25-3 Titans.

Cheyenne Matson (Erskine College, basketball) – Matson played in 23 games and started five as a junior for Erskine, finishing fifth on the club in scoring at 4.9 points per contest.

Matson also averaged 1.3 rebounds and shot 33 percent on 3-pointers and 72 percent from the free throw line. She had a season-high 11 points against Mt. Olive.

Erskine finished 7-21 overall and 4-16 in Conference Carolinas action.

Matson was an all-conference performer as a senior for the Lady Titans in 2016. She led McDowell in scoring at 12.8 points per game to go with 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals.

Emma Welborn (Mars Hill, swimming) – Welborn proved versatile in the water for Mars Hill, swimming in several different events as a sophomore.

The 2017 McDowell graduate competed in the 200-meter freestyle, the 200 free relay, the 200 medley relay, the 50 free, the 100 backstroke, the 400 free and the 100 free.

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