In the end, basketball got the nod over cross country and Little Big Horn College won out over Brown University and other four-year schools for Lame Deer High School standout athlete Tamia Two Moons.
The jet-quick point guard signed a basketball letter-of-intent with the two-year college in Crow Agency on Thursday morning, Lame Deer coach August "Tiger" Scalpcane told 406mtsports.com.
Scalpcane said Two Moons is the second Lame Deer girl to sign a basketball letter-of-intent, after Bailey Limpy in 2009.
"But the volume of basketball recruitment interest was not as high as it was for Tamia," Scalpcane said. "The calls, emails, letters and texts have been crazy from recruiters and coaches these past few months for Tamia.
"There were four-year universities in the hunt and wanted her, but we thought it would be best to start off in a junior college."
Two Moons was a first-team all-state selection in Class B and averaged 25.7 points a game for the Morning Stars, whose basketball program experienced a resurgence this past year thanks to Tamia and her cousin Jasmyne. A year after winning three games, Lame Deer was 14-11 and finished fourth in the Southern B divisional, missing a state berth by one game.
Two Moons averaged 23.2 points a game as a junior and 21.3 as a sophomore. She also carried a 4.0 grade-point average throughout high school and was Lame Deer's Class of 2017 valedictorian.
Scalpcane said Two Moons was already taking classes at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer and has 33 credits toward a degree. She is the daughter of the late Dustin Two Moons, who still holds some of Lame Deer's basketball records.
"I'm glad she's opening doors at Lame Deer High School for more girls to set their goals high and take their basketball talents to the college level and earn a college degree doing it," Scalpcane said.