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Rio Grande signs Ashland's Gambill

Oct. 30, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- Ashland High School girls basketball player Kaylyn Gambill signed with the University of Rio Grande.

Gambill, a 5-foot-6 senior guard for Ashland, averaged 11.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a junior. She has 1,476 career points, which is sixth in the school records. She's second in school history for 3-point baskets with 264.

"I'm very excited to get the opportunity to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level," Gambill said. "Having this chance has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember."

She has helped Ashland make three Kentucky Sweet 16 state tournament appearances.

Gambill has a great basketball IQ and an understanding of the perimeter game, Rio Grande coach David Smalley said.

"She can shoot the three," Smalley said. "She can get the three off very quickly and she shoots it at a pretty high percentage. She can also sustain through the transition game and I think she's the prototype of a Mid-South Conference perimeter player. That's an area we needed to look at for our future."

Gambill also attracted recruiting interest from schools such as Heidelberg University, Berea College, the University of Pikeville and Shawnee State University.

She is the daughter of Richard and Joyce Gambill of Ashland.