March 21, 2002

SCR-I Hoops Standout Picked To Play For Prestigious AAU Team

By John Mier

Meagan Fromm, a three-year starter for the Scotland County R-1 Lady Tigers, has been accepted to play with the Sho-Me Heat of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

The Sho-Me Heat won the 2001 National State Games of America at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The 18-and-under basketball squad also finished third in the 2001 AAU National Championships at Orlando, FL.

Coached by Lynn and T.J. Peterson of Lebanon, the Sho-Me Heat had two members earn AAU All-American honors last season: Nicole Lehman and Kari Koch. Tri-Rivers Conference fans may know Koch, who led her Elsberry Lady Indians with 49 points in a sectional victory over Clark County earlier this month.

Fromm, a 5'10" junior, has averaged over 19 points per game in her past two seasons, and scored 34 points in her final game of the season, a triple-overtime loss in district play.

"She came to an open tryout February 10 in Lebanon and made the cut, plain and simple," said Lynn Peterson on how Fromm came to be a member of the Sho-Me Heat, a team that will offer her many opportunities.

"She's playing with the best against the best," he said. "Let me give you an example. Only 10 kids are considered in Missouri for Ms. Show-Me. Five of those kids played for us."

Mr. and Ms. Show-Me Basketball, a program of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, requires that a nominee must: be a senior and in a position to graduate; be a starter in 90% of games; be of outstanding moral character; and, be, in the nominator's opinion, the best basketball player in the state of Missouri. Kerensa Barr of MU was the 1999 Ms. Show-Me Basketball.

Fromm will be joining an AAU squad that features a who's who of women's basketball, including the following alumni players: Stephanie Busbey and Nicole Lehman of Southwest Missouri State University; Amy Loftis, University of Missouri; and Magen Brunson, Hope Hunt, and Jill Curry, all of Drury.

Current members of the Sho-Me Heat include the following girls already signed to colleges and universities in Missouri: Eziamaka Okafor, Stanford ; Kari Koch and Hanna Kirk, SMSU; Cherice Mack, MU; and Bethany Creed and Amy Belew to Drury.

"You have to have more than good players," Peterson said. "You have to have chemistry. TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. Our girls hear that every day, and we have the best chemistry around."

The Sho-Me Heat begins its AAU season March 23-24 with the Ozark Association Preliminary Tournament at Lebanon.

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