A team that finished dead last in its conference and lost 16 straight games to end the season is always in the market for players that can help immediately.And that's exactly what Pittsburgh sees in South Charleston's Brittany Gordon.The two-time first-team Class AAA all-state selection will sign on April 13 to play with the Panthers next season.Black Eagles coach Gary Greene said Gordon is more than ready for the next level in many ways.
"I think she's definitely a Division 1 player," Greene said. "She's worked on her skills in the offseason and during the season and she has excellent work habits. She's also a great student. She got a 26 on her ACT. So I think she'll fit in great up there and be able to compete immediately."Gordon was the top scorer in the Mountain State Athletic Conference last year, going for 23.4 points per game. She helped lead SC to consecutive state title-game appearances in 2010 and 2011, where the Black Eagles fell to North Marion both times.
Last year, South Charleston won the MSAC championship and finished with a 21-5 record, including a loss in the first round of the state tournament to George Washington."I think [Pittsburgh] saw enough of her games and saw her skill level," Greene said. "Her ball handling and shooting is good enough for the next level. She's very fundamentally sound and she's worked hard at it since she was 9 years old or earlier and she's reaping the benefits for it now."Gordon was named to the Class AAA all-state third team as a sophomore before notching consecutive first-team nods in 2011 and 2012.Pittsburgh finished 8-22 last year, including an abysmal 0-16 mark in the Big East. Greene said in the end there were "three or four schools involved" in the recruitment.Gordon declined to comment.Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt.