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Norton’s Cara Cook, Jaclyn Fortner sign to play college basketball

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

Norton seniors Cara Cook and Jaclyn Fortner have signed national of letter intents to play play women’s college basketball.

Cook signed to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Fortner Fortner signed to attend Hiram College in Ohio.

“Cara and Jaclyn were tremendous players for this program the past four seasons,” Norton coach Brian Miller said. “This program will miss their abilities on the court, but we will miss them more as a people. Clarion and Hiram are each getting a great young lady. They are both excellent students who volunteer in the community with the youth of Norton.”

Cook and Fortner helped Norton win two Division II district championships, four sectional titles and a PTC Metro crown.

Cook earned Associated Press All-Ohio Division II second-team honors as a senior, was a Northeast Ohio Inland District first-team selection and tabbed as the Player of the Year by the Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association and the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.

Cook averaged 18.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a senior. She finished her career with 1,152 points.

“Cara is a marvelous player that possesses tremendous offensive abilities,” Miller said. “She will have a great opportunity to help Clarion be successful. She brings a great mental aptitude about the game and the competitive game attitude needed to succeed at the next level.”

Fortner was an AP All-Ohio Division II honorable mention as a senior. She earned All-PTC Metro first-team honors and was third-team all-district.

Fortner averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a senior. She led the team with 15 charges taken and was named team Defensive Player of the Year twice.

“Jaclyn is a great player that possesses tremendous defensive abilities,” Miller said. “She brings a great toughness about the game and the attitude needed to succeed at the next level. Jaclyn is by far the hardest working young lady I have coached. Knowing her since elementary school, I believe strongly she will have a great impact on helping to turn Hiram basketball into a winner.”

Cook plans to major in Education. Fortner plans to major in Sports Medicine and Nursing.

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