November 30, 2021
By: Dwayne Page
One of DeKalb County High School’s most notable Lady Tiger basketball players will soon be trading black and gold for red, white and gold.
Kadee Ferrell, senior and member of the 1000 point club, on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with Bryan College in Dayton, TN, to play for the Lady Lions next season.
Anthony and Trena Ferrell from his parents, other family members, as well as other players and coaches joined Kadee during the signing.
“Of all the schools I’ve been to I really liked Bryan because it’s a small Christian school and the players and coaches there really made me feel welcome. I just had a connection to all the people there and felt like this was the place for me, ”Ferrell said.
His area of study there will be in the physiotherapy program.
“I want to be a physiotherapist. I’m going to start school at Bryan College to be a physical therapist, then I will have to go to a two-year school after I graduate in physical therapy, ”Ferrell continued.
Kadee scored his 1,000th career point last season on Jan. 8, 2021 at Cannon County leading the team that night with 27 points and 10 rebounds. She is now somewhere between 1,300 and 1,400 points for her career. Kadee is one of 13 Lady Tigers of all time to join the 1,000 point club. Others who came before her were Helen Lee-1959, Betty Carol Fite-1965, Carolyn Bluhm-1969, Genrose Rowland Davis-1971, Rosa Stokes-1983, Trena Johnson Collins-1990, Mary Ann Puckett-1993, Cynthia Woodward -2010, Martha Webb-2011, Loren Cripps-2015, Ashli Chew-2016 and Emme Colwell-2020.
“It’s really exciting. Coming into first year I set goals for myself and that was one of my goals. I wanted to achieve at least 1000 points by the time I graduated, but God blessed me and let me reach it as a junior. I would like to reach 2,000 points, but if not, I would like to at least reach 1,800 by the end of my high school career, “said Kadee.
As notable as she gained entry into the club by 1,000 points, Kadee said the most special experience was making it to the state tournament in her first year in 2019. The Lady Tigers lost 34-31 against Marshall County in the quarterfinals at MTSU and finished a 23-12 season. It was the first trip to the state tournament for a DCHS Lady Tiger basketball team since 1965.
“It was the most special memory for me as a high school basketball player. This is something that has not been done here for a long time. It was a fun experience and hopefully something we can do again this year, ”said Ferrell.
Lady Tiger coach Danny Fish said Kadee meant a lot to his program and was happy with its success.
“Kadee has been a great student-athlete here at DCHS. She has good grades and is a humble person. Kadee is awesome on the court and awesome in the locker room. She’s probably close to scoring 1,400 points right now for her career, but she’s also right at 1,000 rebounds and that’s hard to do. She is the tallest. She does so many things for her team, from handling the ball and passing to shooting and bringing it to the hole. She does it all. It will be a great loss for us when she leaves but we are very happy for her. She was heavily recruited by various schools, but she chose Bryan because it’s near us here and they run a system similar to ours. It was a Christian school that was very big for her. It was just a good solution for her. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future, ”said Danny Fish, DCHS Lady Tiger coach.
“It suits our college perfectly. Kadee is a tall young Christian woman. She fits into the ‘us’ rather than ‘me’ mentality that we embody and that is our culture, but then you think of her as a basketball player. She is long and athletic. She defends. She can score. She can bounce back. It is a complete package. It will adapt to the places we need. We have won our conference in the past five years and have competed in the national tournament six of the past seven years. She is the kind of player we are not used to and I think she will only push us further. She comes with a great career in high school, but we expect even more important things from her in college. We’re really excited about how she fits into our program. Kadee is one of our best rookies and we have high expectations of her to come and contribute as a freshman, ”said Bryon Lawhon, Lady Lions head coach.
The sports teams at Bryan College, athletically nicknamed the Lions, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which primarily participate in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, fishing, volleyball, and track and field; while women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, fishing, golf, soccer, softball, track and field and volleyball.
Bryan College is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Dayton, Tennessee. It was founded following the Scopes trial of 1925 to establish a higher education institution that would teach from a Christian worldview. The school was founded in 1930 as William Jennings Bryan University. In 1958, he was designated William Jennings Bryan College, and the name was abbreviated to Bryan College in 1993.
Bryan offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees in 20 specialties with over 60 distinct options and three master’s degrees: the master of business administration, the master of arts in Christian studies, and the master of education. Bryan College also has over 26 different minors available for students with varying interests. Minors include Bible Studies, Business Administration, Leadership Studies, and Drama.
Adult and Graduate Studies programs are designed for adult learners to attend school on a part-time basis. Students can earn degrees online and on-site, and options include associate degrees, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
In February 2018, Bryan College announced the opening of the Vogel School of Engineering, allowing students to earn an undergraduate degree in mechanical or civil engineering options.