Dyer County’s Starks signs with Dyersburg State Basketball

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Dyer County Lady Choctaw senior Sanayah Starks (front, center) recently signed to continue her basketball career at the college level at Dyersburg State Community College. Witnessing the signing were (front, from left) father Corey Starks, Sanayah Starks, mother Shakela Starks; (back, from left) DCHS Assistant Coach Lyle LaRue, Dyer County Head Coach Derek McCord, DCHS Assistant Coach Tyler Barber, and Cordae Starks.
State Gazette photo/Jason Peevyhouse



Coming off a senior season where she helped lead her team as the Lady Choctaws’ only senior on the roster, Dyer County basketball’s Sanayah Starks will continue to suit up to play ball at the college level as she signed with Dyersburg State Community College during the DCHS Signing Day event on May 1.

“I’m excited to get to play close to home with a lot of family and friends around,” Starks said of signing with the Lady Eagles. “I know my teammates very well and I know the coaches, too. I’m excited to play for Dyersburg State.”

Starks said the location of Dyersburg State was a big factor in choosing to sign with the Lady Eagles.

“It’s so close to home and I still get to be around my family,” Starks added.

Dyer County Head Coach Derek McCord said the Lady Eagles are getting a good player in Starks.

“I just talked to Coach (Nathan) Daume yesterday and we discussed her outstanding athleticism,” McCord explained. “They were excited about the athletic tools that she brings to the table.

“She’s an All-District and All-Region performer that lead us in nearly every category. From scoring and rebounding to assists, she was our most consistent performer.”

McCord added Starks is great in getting to the rim.

“No one could stay in front of her all year,” the Dyer County head coach said. “She’s emerged as a much-improved shooter.

“She was one of the top players in the area and very coachable. She is just a super-likeable young lady.”

McCord said Starks meant a lot to the Dyer County girls program during her four years as a Lady Choctaw.

“She’s one of the main reasons we went to the state tournament two out of the last three years,” McCord said. “She plays hard on both ends of the court and she’s going to pressure the ball hard on defense.

“She’s going to get you a bucket or create a bucket on offense. Always comes to practice with a smile on her face. She’s going to play extremely hard. We’re excited for her.”

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