Murr signs with Truett-McConnell

Crusader 3,000-point scorer earns college opportunity
May. 25, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Grace Christian senior Anna Murr, the Crusader and Lee County all-time leading scorer in girls or boys basketball, will continue her basketball career in college as she signed with Truett-McConnell College on Tuesday.

Murr, who scored 3,032 points as a Lady Crusader while being a four-time National Association of Christian Athletes All-American and a two-time N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association All-State player, naturally is ready to play at the next level but there's a little more than the typical transition from high school to college in this case.

"Dad's (Joel Murr, Grace Christian's head coach) been my coach since the sixth grade, so as excited as I am about the future, I am kind of sad at the same time," said Anna.

"I am going to miss being a Lady Crusader but I am looking forward to the opportunity God is giving me to play for Coach Sanders and Truett-McConnell," she said.

Truett-McConnell is an NAIA program in Cleveland, Ga. The Lady Bears play in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

"We could not be happier to be signing Anna. She is the epitome of what we are looking for here at Truett and for our basketball team," said Lady Bear head coach Matt Sanders. "Her and her family's strong Christian values and work ethic made her a perfect fit for what we are after and look for in a student-athlete."

"Coach Sanders and his staff are interested in winning on the court but even more concerned with seeing what God does with Anna’s life after she is done with basketball," said father, and now former head coach, Joel Murr."

This is a perfect fit for Anna and what our family is all about," he said. "We have always taught our children that if you keep God first, everything else will fall into place.”

Murr averaged 25 points a game through her varsity career, doing much of the scoring from beyond the three-point arc. The Lady Crusaders reached the NCISAA 1A state final in 2013 and the semifinals last season.

"I hope people will remember me as a team-first player," Anna said. "I always wanted to keep God first and then win. That is what drove me in high school and continues to drive me now. I have been privileged to play with many girls who felt the same way. I believe that is why (Grace Christian) has been so successful."