Local recruiting: Schritter signs NLI to play for C of I
ABERDEEN – For only the third time since the third grade, Makenna Schritter is going to have a new girls basketball coach.
As much as Aberdeen coach Ryan Wahlen enjoyed the opportunity, Schritter could not be under his wing forever. All he could do Tuesday at Aberdeen High School was speak about what her new coach will be getting before he watched her sign her National Letter of Intent.
College of Idaho third-year coach Mark Owen will be the next person to lead Schritter after Wahlen coached her every year, but one, since she was in third grade.
“They’ll be getting somebody with a lot of upside, a lot of potential to improve and grow,” Wahlen said. “She led our team in rebounds and assists and steals and point production, so I think they’re getting a very well-rounded, talented basketball player.”
The future Yote is acclimated with the campus and the team, attending two College of Idaho women’s basketball games this season where she saw the NAIA players deploy an uptempo style.
“I really like the school a lot,” Schritter said. “Their coaches are great. And they have such a great academic program.”
C of I will designate her at point guard or the wing, where she piled up stats for the Tigers. Schritter averaged 15.8 points, 8 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 1.8 assists per game in her senior year and surpassed 1,000 career points with 1,186. While opposing defenses will be glad she’s gone, Wahlen will miss her and the rest of the girls who began playing for him in third grade.
“She and all of these girls are kind of like my daughters,” Wahlen said. “I spent 10 years of my life around them, so it’s been hard. But I’m proud of all of them.”
After Schritter signed her National Letter of Intent, she made a short speech to those who came. Emotions spilled over because of the gratitude she felt toward those who helped her accomplish what she did on the basketball court.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” Schritter said. “They pushed me to be my best. Half of the stuff I do I couldn’t have done without my parents. … And the coaches always believed in me and so did my teammates. And so I’m just very thankful and grateful for them.”