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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Knights losing offensive punch

The Spotsylvania High School girls basketball team will lose a significant portion of its firepower next season.

Kortni Simmons, the two-time Free Lance–Star player of the year, is moving to South Carolina, she and her mother said Tuesday.

Simmons, who orally committed to Wake Forest following her sophomore season, is a rising senior combo guard.

Her parents, Raymond and Viveca Simmons, are both federal government employees and are being transferred to South Carolina.

The family is likely moving to Florence, S.C., and Kortni expects to enroll in West Florence High, but the destination isn’t definite.

What is for certain is that she’s leaving a Spotsylvania team that won the Conference 27 regular season and tournament championship and advanced to the second round of the 3A–East Region playoffs her junior season.

“Of course when I found out, I was disappointed but excited at the same time,” Kortni said of the move. “I’m looking at it as starting a new chapter in my life, moving to a new place, creating new records and doing new things. So I look forward to that. But at the same time I’m leaving my friends and everything I’ve established as far as basketball here.”

Kortni led the Fredericksburg area in scoring three consecutive seasons. This past season, she averaged 25.3 points per game, 14 rebounds, five assists and six steals. In addition to her second-straight All-Area player of the year honor, she was named conference player of the year and co-player of the year in the region. She was also an all-Group 3A selection.

Viveca Simmons expects her daughter to adapt well to her new surroundings. She said with both parents as government workers, her children have grown accustomed to life on the move.

“I think it’s an adjustment any time you move, but I think what will help her is the fact we’ve moved several times and her brother moved to Spotsy for his senior year,” Viveca Simmons said. “She’s an extrovert, so she should be able to adapt.”

Kortni’s ability on the court could help that process. She topped the 1,000-point mark during her sophomore season and could hit 2,000 points for her career. If she enrolls in West Florence, she’ll join a team that finished 21–5 last season and features region player of the year Destinee Walker, who is also a rising senior.



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