The Crimson Tide standout in both basketball and volleyball will be playing hoops at the University of Montana

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glencoe's Abby Anderson goes up for a lay-in during a game versus Liberty last season.Glencoe's Abby Anderson is…excuse me…now was a standout basketball and volleyball player for the Tide, but it's on the basketball court where the soon-to-be Grizzly athlete hopes to make her mark in college.

Anderson signed her letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Montana last winter in front of friends, her parents and coaches at Glencoe High School. It was the beginning of the end of an era for the All-Metro League Second-Teamer from last year, but also the beginning of a fresh start for an excited freshman-to-be.

"I'm so excited for Montana," Abby said. "It was just the best fit for me."

While Abby has no direct tie to the school or state, her parents, Lance and Kelly, both attended and played basketball at Northern Montana. Which, they said, had no bearing on the school she chose.

"We're just proud and happy that she found a school she's comfortable with," said Lance. "Yet, it's only an hour flight away, so it will be nice to catch some games."

Abby thanked her parents for their commitment to her, and her coaches, specifically Bob Hartman for working her into a good and more physical post.

As far as college goes, Abby expects there are things she going to have to improve upon – and quickly.

"I definitely need to improve my ball-handling and become more competent as a guard," she said. "When I get to college, I'm not going to be the 'big girl' anymore."

Anderson led the Tide to a 14-11 overall and 9-7 league record this season, and the state playoffs where they lost 48-41 at North Medford. She was voted the Metro League Player of the Year and was selected as an all-state second-teamer. In addition to her basketball prowess, Anderson was also selected to the all-Metro League volleyball second team.

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