Creek’s Adams fulfills dream of DI basketball

Sarah Adams has won just about every award imaginable during her playing days at Cedar Creek High School.

Now the local product is taking her game 30 minutes down the road to play for ULM.

On Tuesday at the Cedar Creek High School library, Adams signed her financial aid agreement to play at ULM for head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

“I’m really just thankful and grateful for Coach (Brooks Donald) Williams and Coach (Jessica) Barber for believing in me and giving me a chance to come play for their program,” said Adams. “I’m excited for it because it is close to home, and I love those coaches. It will be fun.”

Adams dad, Jody, reiterated his appreciation for the opportunity presented to his daughter.

“We are excited coach Williams gave her an opportunity to play close to home and to play Division I basketball,” said Jody. “Sarah has looked forward to that kind of challenge. She wants to play against the best. She wants to test herself, and this is going to do it for sure.”

Adams has played varsity for the Lady Cougars since her eighth-grade season, leading Cedar Creek to numerous district titles and to the program’s first ever appearance in the Division IV state title game just a few months ago.

She said her lasting memories of her time in the green and gold will be something she always cherishes.

“I’ve loved every minute of getting to play for Coach Van and Coach (Nicole) Barron,” said Sarah. “They have not only tried their hardest to make me the best player I can be, but they wanted me to be the best person I can be. The best leader. The best role-model. And I can’t thank them enough. They just really brought out the best in me.

“My love for the game of basketball only grew playing for them. Their way of coaching has led to the whole team to buying into what they were doing. We had some great memories. This year we went to the state championship game for the first time in school history. I made some friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve had fun.”

Cedar Creek head coach Gene Vandenlangenberg said he is excited for Adams and expects her to make her mark in Monroe.

“Sarah has been a very special player for us,” said Vandenlangenberg. “She has put up a lot of good numbers and helped lead this program to a lot of victories. I have been fortunate enough to coach her for five years. She will go over there and compete and give her best. That is a guarantee. We are proud of her.”

Adams was named to the all-state and all-district numerous times during her prep career, and was named the MVP of the all-Lincoln Parish Journal Team following this past season. Adams averaged 21.3 points, 6.1 assists, 5.8 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game this year. She recorded a triple double in the Division IV state semifinal win over St. Martin’s Episcopal.

A multi-sport start at Cedar Creek, Adams has earned just as many honors playing softball for the Lady Cougars and said she didn’t make the decision until recently which way she was learning on the next level.

“I didn’t actually decide that until I decided that ULM was where I wanted to go,” said Sarah. “I had some schools wanting me to play softball, and I really liked those schools. I really love the game of softball, and I had a really good (senior) season. It was a possibility, but everything felt right about ULM and going to play basketball there.”

Adams said she plans to major in communications at ULM.

“There are a couple of ways I could go,” she said. “I could either coach. I love sports and I love kids. Or I could go into broadcasting. I would love that too.”

Jody said regardless of what road his daughter takes in a career path, he knows she will be successful.

“God gives everyone talent,” said Jody. “(Sarah’s) happens to be athletics and dealing with people. She has a gift of relating to people, and she is good with a ball. It has been fun watching her grow up. Yes, she has excelled on the field and on the court, but she has excelled in life. I am so proud of the young lady she has grown up to be. She makes us proud.”

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