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There's no doubt that DeSoto has a slew of stars on their girl's basketball team. Earlier this week, two of the reigning state champions made big-time commitments to college programs. Three-star senior guard Michayal Gatewood and four-star all-state Sa'Myah Smith took to Twitter earlier this week to announce their commitments to different universities.
Previously commited to Texas Tech, Gatewood took to Twitter on Monday to announce her commitment to Kansas State:
#gowildcats #committed 💜🤍 pic.twitter.com/bq8EShq2Vk
— mimi 🥀 (@michaylagatewo1) October 19, 2021
Gatewood missed last season due to a torn ACL. Prior to her injury, Gatewood was leading DeSoto in scoring. Her commitment falls in line with teammate Ja'Mia Harris who de-commited from Texas Tech in September and commited to Kansas State on October 3. The three-star recruit will return to the DeSoto squad this season and can be expected to be back at the top of her performance.
Smith, the No. 1 recruit in the DFW area and ESPN's HoopGurlz's fifth best player in the state took to Twitter to announce her commitment to play college ball at at LSU:
Locked in⏳🔑. pic.twitter.com/fw6HxUkJB1
— Sa'Myah Smith (@SaMyahSmith2022) October 17, 2021
Despite a season-ending torn ACL during her sophomore season, Smith had an outstanding junior season last year where she was named as the MVP of the UIL Class 6A State Title game after scoring 10 points and nabbing 14 rebounds in DeSoto's win. Smith can be expected to continue her regular dominance on the court this season for DeSoto.
With the commitments, DeSoto girls basketball now has seven returning athletes who are committed to Division I programs. The Lady Eagles return SMU commit Jiya Perry, Kansas State commits Gatewood and Harris, Mississippi commit Ayanna Thompson, Kentucky commit Tionna Herron, LSU commit Smith, and Texas commit Amina Muhammad.
The chants grew louder inside the Alamodome as the final minutes ticked off the clock… DeSoto Girls' Basketball had just arrived.
"DeSoto!!!! U!!!, DeSoto!!! U!!!"
"DeSoto U!!!" is the moniker for Eagle Athletics, mostly football, as the school has produced dozens of elite college prospects. They have always been loaded, but now it was the Lady Eagles' turn to bask in the spotlight.
The Lady Eagles knocked off Cy Creek in convincing fashion 53-37, making school history with its first-ever state title. DeSoto took down Cy Creek, who had been to state three of the last four years and has a DI backcourt of future Texas Longhorns in Rori Harmon and Kyndall Hunter.
To say DeSoto is long and athletic is like saying COVID-19 was sort of a "thing" – a huge understatement.
Cypress Creek got out to an early lead in the first quarter, before DeSoto coach Andrea Robinson adjusted throwing the kitchen sink at the future Longhorn duo. Their bigs got deep in the paint and the rest was history. There simply was no dealing with Sa'Myah Smith, Tionna Herron (Kentucky-commit), and Amina Muhammad – all 6-foot-4 and athletic. All are juniors.
Guards Kendall Brown (UH-signee) and Jamia Harris (Texas Tech-signee) were great in open space and on defense.
The Eagles played as hard as they are coached, and they go 8-10 deep on the bench. They are exhausting to play against.
The defense created their offense all night. Coach Robinson (third state title) continued to throw big guards and towering posts at Cy Creek all game. It seemed like there were seven Eagles on the court at one time with a harassing and connected defense that resulted in dozens of tipped passes. It was arms and legs everywhere in the paint, forcing the Cougars to alter every shot.
The scary thing is that DeSoto will be back next season, headlined by the 4-Star Smith -- also the Title Game MVP.
After tearing an ACL as a freshman, you could see the hours of rehab and work in her face as she hoisted the trophy as her teammates mobbed her.
The "U" will be back, like it or not.