Greensville County basketball standout Lenah Clements will continue her basketball career on the next level playing for Hollins University in Roanoke.
Clements, a four-year starter for the Lady Eagles, wrapped up her high school career by leading Greensville to the 2A state title game, winning 2A Region A Player of the Year honors and earning a spot on the 2A All-State first team. Greensville coach Sharon Randolph is excited to see Clements continue her basketball career and pursue an education at Hollins.
“It has been an honor and privilege to coach Lenah Clements,” Randolph said. “Her future will be bright and successful. I can not wait to see her play at the next level. She has made an impact on this program and on me. And for that I thank her and wish her the very best.”
Founded in 1842, Hollins is one of the oldest all girls universities in the nation. The small private institution has nearly 800 students and was the first womens’ college established in Virginia. Hollins finished 7-19 this past season. Hollins coach Emilee Dunton has high expectation for Clements.
“Lenah Clements is a born leader,” Dunton said. “I am ecstatic to have her at Hollins University. Our Mission Statement is, ‘Women who are going places start at Hollins’. Lenah is a first class competitor with superior skills. She is a catalyst for propelling the program forward. For Lenah, the sky is the limit! I am so excited she is joining the Green Team.”
Basketball is not the only sport Clements has excelled in at Greensville County. She is also a standout on the on the softball field for the Lady Eagles. She was in the starting line up and one of the squad’s outstanding players as a freshman. She skipped her junior year of softball to concentrate on basketball, but she is back in the line up for her senior year and playing shortstop for coach Randolph, who is also the head softball coach at GCHS.
Clements’ mother, Lisa Clements, and her husband Keith Clements are happy to see her daughter playing softball her senior year. In fact, when her Lenah gave up softball growing up and focused on basketball, it was initially a disappointing decision to Lisa Clements. She now sees Lenah’s decision to make basketball her top priority in athletics turned out well in the end.
“As parents we are proud of Lenah and her accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom<“ she said. “Lenah has loved basketball since she was 4 and we have supported her in every way possible. We have traveled many miles for basketball games and practices and it has paid off. Since we are a baseball/softball family, we have to admit that when Lenah told us many years ago she didn’t want to play softball anymore and that her passion was basketball, we were disappointed. Looking back now, we are so glad we let her make her own choices and did everything we could to help her make her dream of playing at the collegiate level become a reality. We always stressed the importance of teamwork, sacrifice and perseverance both in sports and in life.
“We are firm believers that sports participation helps keep youth out of trouble and contributes to the success of young adults.
“We are so excited that Lenah picked Hollins University to further her education. It has an excellent academic reputation. Along with the academic portion, she will be able to play the game she loves and be an important piece in the growth of their basketball program. Of course, we are excited that it’s not too far away so we can go watch her play! We want to personally thank Coach Randolph, Coach Small, and Coach Allen for all their support and encouragement over the years. Without their support Lenah would not be where she is today. It was a blessing to us to know she was always in good hands and that the coaches always had her best interest at heart.”