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Quincy's Maddie Hinds signs with Albion College basketball

Sturgis Journal, Mich. — Troy Tennyson Sturgis Journal, Mich.

May 22-- May 22--The Quincy Lady Orioles basketball program reached a new level of success this past season, advancing all the way to the District Finals before dropping a heartbreaker to Bronson to see their tremendous season come to an end.

A huge part of their success this season, and over the past four seasons for that matter, has been the continued improvement and development of a big inside presence, thanks largely to senior Madison Hinds.

This season Hinds turned in a dominant season for the Lady Orioles, parlaying her skills in the paint into Big 8 All Conference First Team honors for the 2019-20 season.

Although Hinds was not able to compete on the soccer pitch this spring for Quincy High School due to the Covid-19 outbreak, her athletic career is far from over, as Madison recently signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Albion College.

"I visited different colleges and considered several different ones with Albion, Trine, Olivet and Western being a few of them near home while receiving some contact from a couple of colleges further away," said Hinds. "I chose Albion because after my visits with all of the colleges, Albion just felt right. The decision maker for me was the way the staff and coaches at Albion made me feel welcome, comfortable and at home. It was the administration from the front office to the Professor that is the head of the medical program, to the coaching staff at the women's basketball program. They made me feel comfortable in asking questions and giving me feedback in what I was looking for as an athlete and a student."

Hinds quickly became a major part of the Quincy attack during her high school career beginning with her first game as a varsity player her sophomore year when she scored 12 points to go along with nine rebounds in a win over Marshall Academy. Since then Hinds has been a steady presence on the inside for the Lady Orioles, averaging 6.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds her sophomore year and 9.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest her junior year.

It was during her senior year that Hinds really ascended to the next level, undoubtedly serving as one of the leaders of the widely successful Lady Orioles team while averaging 12.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest throughout the year. Hinds scored in double figures in 12 of the 18 games played this year, including a four game stretch to end the season. Her highest scoring output of the season, and of her career, came in a 52-27 win over Reading when the gritty senior scored 26 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. Another dominant game near the end of the season for Hinds saw her record a double-double, scoring 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds, 11 of which came on the offensive end, in a 50-27 win over Union City.

Even though her senior season was her best statistically, her potential even before that was more than noticeable, leading to a tough decision during the recruitment phase for Hinds.

"Albion College approached my high school coach at a summer camp that we went to and Trine had approached me after one of my basketball games," said Hinds. "I received a couple of letters from colleges for soccer as well that were out of state, making my decision difficult, as I had to make the choice which sports and which school fit into where I wanted to be and what field of study I was going into. My choice was narrowed down to Albion and Trine after my visits with them, as I wanted to stay closer to home and they both offered my major. It was the coaching staff at Albion that made up my mind. I made the comment to my mom that one of the coaches reminded me of our varsity coach."

Hinds is one of those interesting athletes who could conceivably play two sports at the college level, as Hinds also stars on the soccer pitch, so the decision to pursue basketball was not an easy one for Madison.

"I always had the interest to play at the college level, whether is was for soccer or basketball, and as I entered high school it went through my mind even more," commented Hinds. "I felt I had the ability to be a good player in both, but my senior year is when I felt I realized during basketball that "yeah, i can play at college', especially after I heard the Albion coach approached my coach with interest in me playing for them. With a new coach coming into our program, even though he was new to the girl's side of it, he wasn't new to basketball, so we already had heard how he coached the boys. I was looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity. Coach (Jared) Stuchell taught us how to be a team and how to play as a team. He pushed us and brought the "We" into our locker room and onto the floor instead of the "Me". He held us accountable of what we did at any given time. For me, he brought the love of the game back and the focus and determination to be better and play harder. He pushed me, he got on me when he knew I could be better, he joked with us and made the game fun again. He kept my mindset that I can play at the college level and he taught us that it takes more than just me or an individual to win a game, it takes all of my teammates from the starters to everyone on the bench, because it takes five players to play the game and it takes a team to win one. My senior year is what reminded me that I can play at college."

Hinds will take the many lessons learned from living in the close knit community of Quincy to Albion with very fond memories of living in Oriole Country.

"When you hear 'Tiny Town, Huge Heart' it really explains everything," said Hinds. "I will truly miss every student, every close friend, every teammate, every coach and every single staff member. I wouldn't be where I am today without them. They have pushed me to be the best person that I could be and I couldn't thank them enough. They're all great people and it's just an all-around great atmosphere."

Hinds will not take her talents to Albion College where she plans on studying in the medical field while looking to help a Britons team that went 21-6 overall last year, while finishing with a record of 12-4 in the MIAA, taking third in the conference.

Congratulations to Quincy senior Madison "Maddie" Hinds on her decision to further her academic and athletic career at Albion College.

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Name: Madison "Maddie" Hinds

School: Quincy High School

College: Albion College

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