Gahanna's Montgomery to play for Detroit Mercy

Things didn't go as smoothly for Gahanna girls basketball player Reyna Montgomery the last couple years as she would have hoped because of injuries, but that didn't keep her from earning a college scholarship.

In mid-July, Montgomery signed to play basketball and plans to be a part of the business program at the University of Detroit Mercy.

After helping Gahanna win three district titles in four seasons, Montgomery should step into another winning situation at Detroit.

The Titans beat McNeese State 73-62 in the championship game of the Women's Basketball Invitational on March 30 to finish 21-13. Several key players, including sophomore Shareta Brown -- who was the WBI tournament MVP -- are eligible to return. Detroit posted its second consecutive winning season.

"We are very excited to add Reyna Montgomery to our roster for the fall of 2013," Detroit coach Autumn Rademacher said in a press release from the school. "She comes from a winning program and will add depth to the perimeter position immediately."

Montgomery is one of five players from the 2013 graduating class for Gahanna to sign with Division I programs. The others are Zenobia Bess (Illinois State), Chrishna Butler (Cleveland State), Maddison Blackwell (Xavier) and Quiera Lampkins (Ohio).

Montgomery was a key player during each of her first three prep seasons. She missed the final three games of her junior season with a concussion and then was out for the first 19 games of her senior season with a knee injury before returning to average 5.2 points over the final eight games.

The Lions were 22-5 last season and 74-26 over the past four seasons.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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