Bethel College women’s basketball coach Mark Fox announced his first signings for the 2013-14 school year.?Signed were Abby Phillips of Quenemo, Brittany Carter of Sylvia and Rachael Terbush of Castle Rock, Colo.?Phillips is a 5-foot-6 forward from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. She averaged 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game this season.?“Abby is a young lady who will be a tremendous asset to the Bethel College community,” Fox said. “She will bring a terrific academic background to campus, and we look forward to watching her game grow as she's exposed on a daily basis to bigger, faster, stronger athletes than what she's faced in high school. She has a great mindset for hard work and that will do nothing but help her as she infuses herself into college basketball.”?“I'm very excited to be given this opportunity to attend Bethel College and to become a Lady Thresher,” Phillips said.?In high school, she was a member of the FFA, FCCLA, the band, scholar’s bowl team, pep band and the United Methodist Youth Group. She is a Kansas Honor Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and the valedictorian. She intends to major in psychology.?Carter is a 5-10 forward from Fairfield High School, where she averaged 9.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists a game as a senior. She averaged 7.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists as a junior. Carter was a four-year letterwinner. She was named player of the day at a tournament in Colorado.?She helped lead her team to a 17-5 record, finishing second in sub-state play.?“We are excited to add Brittany to our women’s basketball family,” Fox said. “She’s a very mature lady off the court, and we feel like she’s just scratching the surface of her abilities on the court. We had her on campus during Fall Fest and saw a lot of athletic ability in her game. We really look forward to watching the growth in her game as she gets in the weight room and gets bigger and stronger and adds to that athleticism.”?“I am very excited to attend Bethel College and play for their women’s basketball team.” Carter said. “I believe the team has a lot of potential and I look forward to being a part of their success. Bethel has a lot to offer me, and I know I made the right decision. The moment I put on a Bethel jersey can’t come soon enough.”?Carter picked Bethel over Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson, Northern Iowa Community College and Briar Cliff. She also was recruited by the Kansas State rowing team.?Carter competed in volleyball for three years and track two years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Falcons Athletic Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Falcons Against Destructive Decisions and Family Career and Community Leaders of America. She was on the honor roll for four years. She competed in the McPherson College math competition and the Pratt Community College Academic Olympics. She coached a youth basketball team for two years.?Carter intends to major in psychology.?Terbush is a 5-10 forward who played for Douglas County High School, where she averaged seven points, five rebounds and two assists a game as a senior. She started as a junior and a senior. She was a scholar-athlete award winner and a Academic Team Champion Certificate of Achievement Award winner.?“We’re very happy to be bringing Rachael into our women’s basketball family and Bethel College,” Fox said. “She’s a great young lady who will bring a lot of positives to campus and to our team. In addition to being a terrific student, she’s proven to be a force on the court. She’ll bring more size and a physical presence inside for us, and we look for her to push our current post players to get better, and we look forward to watching her game grow as she gets to compete against them every day in practice.”?“I am so excited about attending Bethel College and am looking forward to the possibilities that going to school there will bring,” Terbush said. “I fell in love with the college when I visited there last fall, and could instantly envision myself attending school there. I respect that the college focuses on you first as a student, and then as athlete. I love hard work and discipline, and I want to develop my skills to become not only a better basketball player, but a better student and person as well. I am willing to do whatever it takes to be successful on the court and in the classroom, and cannot wait to get to campus and start the next level of my education and life.”?Terbush also was recruited by Wittenberg, York (Neb.), Ripon, Presentation, University of Saint Mary, Central Christian, Hamline, Crown, Macalester, Hood, Fontbonne, Alverno, Converse, Anna Maria, St. Marys (Minn.) and Midland.?She also played soccer in high school.?Terbush is a member of the National Honor Society and a Douglas County Link Crew Peer Leader. She participated in the Congressional Youth Leadership Council’s National Youth Leader’s State Conference. She was invited to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and the Lead America National High School Leadership Conference. She was nominated as a National Youth Delegate representing Colorado and Douglas County at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. She was a teacher’s aid.?Terbush intends to major in athletic training and pre-med.
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