Central Montcalm’s Breanna Collins to play hoops at Alma

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:42 am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Central Montcalm senior Breanna Collins blocks out during Tuesday’s game at home against Lakeview. Collins will play basketball for Alma College next year.

STANTON — Central Montcalm senior basketball player Breanna Collins will have the opportunity to play her favorite game for another four years.

The Hornet center recently committed to play college basketball at Alma College of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

Collins credits time spent honing her game at Morey Courts in Mount Pleasant. She plays weekly with her high school team and other teams traveling to tournaments around the state and Ohio.

“I went to a couple (tournaments) in Toledo and Wixom. It really helped me to get exposure,” Collins said. “It’s kind of hard for smaller schools to get that exposure.”

At Morey Courts, Collins participated in tourneys on Saturday’s and clinics on Sunday’s.

Collins chose Alma over other MIAA schools like Albion, Olivet and Trine, partly because of its location.

“It’s close, but I liked what they stand for. It’s not just athletics, it’s also an education,” Collins said. “I’m very excited to get to play in college.”

Collins said she would major in secondary education and minor in English. She also said she would have the opportunity to play right away.

In addition to basketball, Collins will also participates in track and field in the spring.

“I’m hoping to break the school record in discus this year. That is my goal,” Collins said.

Basketball, though is her favorite sport for a variety of reasons.

“It’s a team sport and definitely helps develop a lot of skills I will use in the real world,” Collins said. “I like being able to do something I like to do, play basketball.”

As for her current team, the Hornets are struggling record-wise, but are continuing to improve each day.

“It’s going alright,” Collins said. “We’ve lost a lot of close games. Hopefully, this next half season we will pick it up.”

Collins is averaging 2.9 point per game off the bench and is shooting close to 80 percent from the free throw line.

The Hornets lost on Tuesday night 50-31 to rival Lakeview at home.

Central Montcalm will travel to Reed City on Friday.

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