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Winchester senior Madeline Lawrence has made the decision to play basketball for Indiana Wesleyan in the fall. She is pictured here at Thursday’s letter of intent signing with (from left) her father Gary, mother Amy and Ethan Whaley, who is in his third year as head coach of the Wildcats.

Maddie Lawrence liked Indiana Wesleyan from the very beginning.

“I have visited there multiple times and I really fell in love with the culture. It felt good to be there, so it made sense to me,” Lawrence said Thursday after a letter of intent signing and photograph session at the Winchester Community High School commons.

Coaches, administrators, teammates and friends were on hand to congratulate Lawrence on her decision. Lady Falcon coach Holly Guttierez noted that Indiana Wesleyan is getting not only a great leader, but a great basketball player.

Lawrence has not only excelled in basketball, helping the Falcons to back-to-back state championship games, but also has a school record in track and field in the shot put and was most recently a member of the first-ever sectional championship team in girls’ golf.

Winchester Athletic Director Scott Hargrave introduced Lawrence, describing her as “a winner at everything she does.”

“She has certainly left her mark on Winchester athletics,” Hargrave said.

Wesleyan coach Ethan Whaley, in his third season, guided the Wildcats to a record-breaking season in his first year and a 25-win season last year. He cast no doubts than Lawrence will make an immediate impact on the program.

“I am blown away at how humble she is. Everything she does is about everybody but herself. I can’t wait for Maddie to join us. She is going to be a special player. I love the fact that she is very versatile and can operate from anywhere on the floor.”

Lawrence currently has scored 1,516 career points. Barring injury or illness, she could be the first Randolph County basketball player, male or female, to eclipse 2,000 career points.