Fans can vote for former York Comprehensive High School basketball star Ivory Latta to play in the July 27 WNBA All-Star game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Latta is the leading scorer for the WNBA Washington Mystics.
“Ivory is a fun-loving player who fans embrace with her size and ability to weave in and out of traffic and score,” said coach Paula Blackwell. “She is a role model for young girls in the Carolinas because they see that with some God-given ability and lots of hard work, a woman can make a lot of money playing the sport of basketball.
“It doesn’t compare to the men’s salaries, but Ivory is doing very well with her own shoe, clothing line and a home in Atlanta.”
Sherer Hopkins, Clover’s head girls’ basketball coach, remembers double-teaming and triple-teaming Latta to slow her scoring pace.
“Ivory was a phenomenal high school player and a great person,” said Hopkins. “She brought fans to the game with flair. Our players respected Ivory. We all did.”
All eyes were on Latta when the Mystics opened a new season against the Tulsa Shock in a nationally televised Memorial Day game.
The former YCHS mega star and all-time career scoring leader in South Carolina had been signed by the Mystics as a free agent by Washington head coach Mike Thibault.
The first year general manager/head coach wanted Latta to be his point guard.
Against Tulsa, where she played the past three years and led the team in scoring last season, Latta scored a career-high 27 points.