Walker High’s Kacie Fountain to sign with Murray State _lowres

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Kacie Fountain of Walker drives to the hoop during the Top 28 girls basketball championships at Burton Coliseum on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Former Walker High point guard Kacie Fountain will sign with Murray State later this week.

Walker coach Korey Arnold is convinced the Kentucky-based Racers are getting a steal. Fountain committed to Murray on Monday and will sign at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the WHS gym.

“(Fountain) is by far the toughest kid I’ve ever coached, and she will be an asset to Murray State with her leadership and her desire to make others around her better,” Arnold said.

The 5-foot-7 Fountain came to Walker as a senior after earning all-district honors for Slidell-based Northshore High as a junior.

“Words don’t even describe it,” Fountain said of her feelings about committing. “This is what everybody dreams of … getting the chance to play college basketball. It means so much. I’d be crazy to turn it down.”

Despite playing much of the season with a torn ACL, Fountain helped the Wildcats finish as the Class 5A runner-up. She averaged 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals.

Fountain said Murray State started recruiting her after her father sent the school a highlight tape. She said she has recovered from knee surgery and has been cleared to begin running.