Memorial's Martinez headed to Angelo State


May 18, 2010 at 12:18 a.m.

Memorial's Krysta Martinez averaged 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds during her senior season.

Memorial's Krysta Martinez averaged 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds during her senior season.

Memorial's Krysta Martinez left a lasting impression on San Antonio East Central coach Kylie Nabors.

Nabors played basketball at Angelo State and recommended Martinez when coach Sally Brooks called looking for shooters.

Martinez sent video to Brooks and went to San Angelo for a visit and has landed a basketball scholarship to play for the 'Belles in the fall.

"It was more than what I expected and the dorm rooms were really nice," said Martinez, who plans to major in mathematics. "I really bonded with the team and that's the main part I liked."

Martinez earned first-team all-district honors during her senior season by averaging 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while leading the Lady Vipers into the bi-district playoffs.

"Krysta worked her tail off to get where she's at," said Memorial coach Sandra Jimenez. "Her freshman, sophomore and junior years she was surrounded by good leadership to play around. She knew as a senior she had to step up and be the go-to player for us."

Martinez got a taste of what the competition will be like in the Lone Star Conference when she played with some of Angelo State's current and former players during her visit to San Angelo.

"At the college level I'm pretty sure they're a lot stronger and a lot faster than down here so that's the main thing," Martinez said. "They've been playing a little longer than I have so they have more experience."

Martinez played post for the Lady Vipers, but is likely to become a guard at Angelo State.

"She had to play the post for us because we didn't have anyone else," Jimenez said. "It didn't matter to her what position she played because she knew it would help her in the long run."

Martinez will play summer basketball in Victoria and is looking forward to beginning her college career.

"I wasn't sure I was going to be able to keep playing," Martinez said. "I'm glad I get to be able to. I'm going to come in and show her what I can do and we'll go from there."



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