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Angela Delaney picks Sam Houston for college ball

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Mon Oct 13, 2014.

It’s been a while since Angela Delaney beat her brothers in an athletic-related competition.

But the Harker Heights senior guard did late last month, when she became the first of the hoops-playing trio to commit after giving a pledge to Sam Houston State on Aug. 31.

“It felt good because they were actually the first ones to start receiving letters and interest,” said Delaney, who is a year younger than her twin brothers, Josh and Cameron. “So when I was the first one to receive an offer and commit, I was like, ‘Ooh I beat you guys.’”

Of course, there are no hard feelings.

With one half of the twin duo, Cameron, committed to play at Denver, that leaves Josh as the only uncommitted Delaney — and Angela is hoping he heads to Huntsville like her.

“He has a visit to New Hampshire this week, and then a visit to Sam Houston,” Angela Delaney said. “I’m just hoping he ends up with me.”

For Delaney, an All-District 8-5A second teamer last year, the choice was easy after a visit to the campus swayed her from her original plan to head farther away from home.

“It was family-oriented, and I like that,” she said. “The campus is nice.”

Harker Heights coach Shirretha Nelson said Sam Houston is a good fit for both sides, and that she expects Delaney, who plays everything from point guard to center for the Lady Knights, to excel as a guard at the next level.

“I think she sees the floor very well when she makes decisions with the ball,” Nelson said. “I think it’s going to be a good fit for her.”

Most importantly, Delaney can now focus on her final season with the Lady Knights, which she said she hopes ends with at least a state tournament appearance.

Heights has equally high expectations of the senior standout.

“We talk about making your mark, this is her chance to make her mark,” Nelson said. “Hopefully, she stands out and does that.

“She’s well-represented,” Nelson said, “we’ve had some really good kids play basketball at our school, and most definitely she’s going to be on that list.”

And while Delaney may not win as many competitions as when she was younger, and actually taller than both brothers, the senior said she is happy to be a part of the highly successful trio, who will be together for one last year.

“We always work together and (at) playing basketball,” Delaney said. “That we’re all selecting colleges to go play the game we love is good.”

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