Adams Commits to Lamar University Women’s Basketball
Two years have made a major difference in Portia Adams’ time with the Cedar Hill High School Girls Basketball Team.
“When I was a sophomore, they made me do freshman jobs like clean the weight room and return the weight room equipment to its rightful place.” Adams said.
Adams arrived on campus as a sophomore in 2018. She was a lifelong Longhorn who attended Highlands Elementary and Bessie Coleman Middle, but decided to attend private school in Mesquite as a freshman.
The commute was tolerable, but there was something missing.
“Cedar Hill is home – it’s always been home,” Adams said. “I came back, and it’s been great.”
Now, Adams enters her senior season as the only returning starter from a team who lost to eventual 6A UIL State Champion, Duncanville, 56-54, in the regional finals last February. It was Cedar Hill’s first trip to the regional final since 2010.
“It’s hard to think about that loss, but it definitely motivates us,” said Adams, who will start for Cedar Hill when it opens the 2020-2021 season on November 6 by hosting Arlington Bowie.
Adams recently became the eighth Lady Longhorn to commit to an NCAA Division I program through head coach Nicole Collins’ six seasons as head coach at Cedar Hill.
Adams, who averages 10.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game, will attend Lamar University in Beaumont, located 289 miles south of Cedar Hill.
The Cardinals compete in the Southland Conference, which is composed of universities from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
She will get the opportunity to play at least three conference opponents located within three hours of Cedar Hill – Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin.
Adams hasn’t had the chance to visit Lamar, and that was due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Pandemic also impacted Adams’ opportunities to play this summer, although she did compete in a few tournaments with her Dallas-based AAU team, Urban Heroes.
The return of basketball practice has been a welcome sight for Adams, who is also looking forward to returning to traditional in-person classes at CHHS on October 6.
“Basketball is a stress reliever, and it gets my mind off other things,” Adams said.
Adams has learned from a great mentor in Collins, who was the first point guard at Baylor University during the era of Hall of Fame head coach Kim Mulkey.
“She encourages me, and she tells me if something I’m doing isn’t going to work at the college level,” Adams said.
Collins is confident that Adams will excel at Lamar, which is coached by former WNBA and Texas A&M point guard Aqua Franklin.
“I believe Portia will have a great career at Lamar because she will be well prepared for the expectations of the Division I level – something we do our best to prepare each of our scholar-athletes,” Collins said. “Portia has one of the highest basketball IQs I have been around. As a former point guard, I have learned a lot from her and how she views things on the floor.”
At Lamar, Adams hopes to help lead the Cardinals back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.