Montana Tech head women’s basketball coach Carly VanDyke signed the first recruits of her tenure, and she managed to score a double-double on her first signing. Kaylynn and Kourtney Coverdell signed an NAIA letter of intent to play basketball for the Orediggers next fall.
VanDyke announced the signing today.
“I am excited to have Kourtney and Kaylynn join the Montana Tech Women’s Basketball program,” VanDyke said.
The Fairfield pair was part of the record setting squad that won four straight Class B State Championships. The team finished with a 104-0 record during their high school career.
“They are both outstanding student-athletes and know how to win in the classroom and on the court. Tech will be a great fit for them academically,” VanDyke said. “They both were on the honor roll every quarter all four years of high school. On the court, they won 104 games at Fairfield and four state championships. That is an amazing accomplishment. ”
Kaylynn Coverdell, a guard/forward, averaged 13.6 points a game while shooting 59 percent from the field. She also grabbed 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 1.7 assists and 1 block. Last winter, she was selected first team All-Conference and first team All-Tournament team at state.
“Kaylynn is a strong and physical guard/forward,” said VanDyke. “She is a tenacious rebounder and does all the little things and will provide consistency to our program.”
Kaylynn Coverdell, who intends to major in biology, earned Academic All-State all four years of high school. She was also involved with numerous clubs, student council, National Honors Society and student government.
“I chose Tech because their academics are held to very high standards and they have a great athletic program with nice facilities,” Kaylynn Coverdell said. “After visiting and touring the campus I thought that the educational aspect was the best fit for me.”
Playing point guard, KourtneyCoverdell averaged 11.4 points a game hitting shooting 57 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. She was also solid from the free throw line draining 77 percent of her attempts. She also averaged 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals a game. The two-time All-Conference selection was selected first team All-State and first team All-Tournament at state her senior year.
“I like how Kourtney pushes the ball and sees the floor very well in transition offense,” VanDyke said. “She is a great shooter (44 percent from the three). Kourtney is also a lock down defender. Kourtney will be a huge asset to our program.”
The senior basketball captain has shown her leadership on another court as well. She led the volleyball team in 2013 helping the team go the 2013 Conference Championship. She was also selected second team All-Conference that year. In track and field, she was the team MVP from 2011-13 and qualified for five different events at state last year. She finished second in the discus in 2013.
“When it came to what college I was going to attend, Montana Tech was always at the top of my list. From academics to athletics and everything in between, it all seemed to be the best fit,” Kourtney Coverdell said.
Like her sister, Kourtney Coverdell was a named Academic All-State all four years. Kourtney also participated in a number of clubs, student council, student government and National Honor Society. She plans on pursuing a degree in nursing.
“They will bring toughness and never ending work ethic to Montana Tech,” VanDyke said.