Berryville All-American takes game to College of the Ozarks

Friday, July 25, 2008
Emily Bell, No. 42, ripped this rebound away from two Redland players during action this past season for North Arkansas College. Bell will continue her basketball career this coming year at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. Photo courtesy of David Bell

BERRYVILLE -- Emily Bell, a three-time All-State performer at Berryville in three different sports, volleyball, basketball and track, has taken her game to College of the Ozarks for the 2008-09 season.

Bell, a 2006 BHS graduate, didn't play college basketball her first semester out of high school, but attended North Arkansas College in Harrison the spring semester and all of her sophomore year.

Last year the Lady Pioneers went 19-10 and won the regional tournment before losing out at district. During that season Bell, a 6-foot-2 post player, averaged more than 15 points a game and just more than eight rebounds a game.

Those efforts were rewarded with All-Region honors and MVP at the Regionl Tournament, and later an All-American Third Team selection from the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Bell said she checked her options, then decided on CofO after looking at Evangel College in Springfield, Mo., Southwest Baptist Univeristy in Bolivar, Mo., and Central Missouri State.

"Coach George Wilson came to some of my games," Bell said about CofO's coach. "I like his style. He's laid back. And his team has been to the finals of conference the last three years and they've been runnerup all three.

"They only have two other posts, a junior and senior, so it's a perfect opportunity for me," Bell said.

She's already enrolled for this upcoming school year, lives on campus, and is currently working at the Keeter Center on campus, a hotel and restaurant, in the banquet department.

Bell doesn't have a scholarship yet, but thinks she will have one by her senior year.

"I am excited," she said. "School starts on Aug. 22 and we've been playing in a league in Springfield on Wednesdays and some Sundays. I can't wait."

If she lives up to her high school and college career, CofO got a real deal this time.

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