Watson Chapel’s Jerica Bell recently inked her letter of intent to further her basketball career and education at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

Bell is a three-year starter or the Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats and has made a huge impact on the team during her high school career.

She has received honors which including all-conference and all-state over the last three years.

Bell has also contributed to the Lady Wildcats making it to the state finals three years in a row, where they won in back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, and state runners-up in 2018. Coach Leslie Henderson has been more than just a mentor to Bell, and she has high hopes for her future.

“You could not ask for anyone better than her,” Coach Henderson mentioned about Bell.

“She has good grades, great character, and she’s a great player. UCA didn’t work out as far as scholarships. SAU is getting a steal and they just don’t know it yet. She’s unbelievable, she can handle the ball well, and although she’s limited on her height, she has a lot to offer for SAU.”

Bell reflected over her high school career and has come a long way while being in a Wildcat uniform.

“My 10th grade had to be the hardest year, but we made it through with a championship.” Bell said. “Everyone doubted us my 11th grade, but we won it all again anyway. We didn’t get what we wanted this year, but it was still fun. I’m really going to miss it.”

Coach Henderson hopes for Bell to carry her leadership and skills to the next level.

“She’s very quiet,” Henderson said. “She’s not very outspoken, so when she does talk, it really means a lot. It’s really funny because she’s most quiet off the court, but if something is wrong on the court, she’ll be the first person to speak up. I think she’s really going to impact the program. We built our team around her and I feel like SAU should and will do the same thing as well.”

Bell enjoys playing basketball a lot and will definitely miss playing for Watson Chapel.

“After winning the first championship, I wanted more and more," she said. "Anything SAU needs, I’ll do what takes to bring it to the team. I’m looking forward to great seasons, 15 or more wins with a chance to win a conference title and maybe a berth in the national tournament. I’m really going to miss Coach Byrd, my teammates, the fans and cheerleaders.”