Duckworth’s hard work, rehab pay off with call from Iowa school
Dezerea Duckworth, her Bryant Lady Hornets teammates and coach Brad Matthews may always wonder what might have been. What would the 2013-14 basketball season have held for them had Duckworth not suffered a season-ending injury in the very first game? After all, the senior was coming off a junior year in which she led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists.
“She could be a lockdown defender too,” Matthews related. “She’s so strong. She did so much for us. When she went down, it took us a while to figure out who was going to do what. I think that’s really a testament to her and how much she meant to our team.”
Duckworth admits too that she has worried that any chance to play college basketball were dashed as well.
But the Lady Hornets regrouped and qualified for the Class 7A State Tournament and Duckworth regrouped, went to work and, on Thursday, May 15, signed a letter of intent to continue her education and basketball career on scholarship at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.