GLASGOW — In the cafeteria of Glasgow High School this morning, Shalika Smith signed her national letter of intent to become a Western Kentucky University Lady Topper.
The standout center for the Lady Scotties was joined at a table in front of the mural of the GHS crest by her parents and two of her siblings as students and faculty at the school poured into the cafeteria to witness the historic moment. Smith is believed to be the first Lady Scottie so sign a Division 1 women's basketball letter of intent.
Two other former Lady Scotties, Alicia Polson and Lisa Witty, were walk-ons at Division 1 programs. Polson played at WKU and later earned an athletic scholarship. Witty tried basketball at Vanderbilt University, but later transferred to University of Louisville and competed in track. Several other former Lady Scotties, including present GHS assistant athletic director Becky Kingery, played college basketball at other levels.
Smith has had an impressive career already at Glasgow. She shot 68.9 percent from the field her junior year, which led the state and was 10th-best in the nation, according to a press release from the school. Smith has surpassed the 1,000 point mark in her career and played on the Kentucky Jr. All-Star team.
Smith has led the Lady Scotties to an 84-34 record over four years, to the program's first regional title, in 2012, and to the team's single-season record in wins at 28.