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Meet the New Lady Flames: Kylee Beecher
Beecher, who stands 6-4, will provide some needed depth under the basket for the Lady Flames, as Egle Smigelskaite graduated and senior post players Moriah Frazee and Rebecca Lightfoot are both bouncing back from injury. One of three Liberty freshmen hailing from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Beecher enjoyed a stellar career at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke.
Beecher led Hidden Valley to back-to-back Virginia Group AA state championships as a junior and senior, after her team had claimed state runner-up honors during her sophomore campaign. A first-team all-state performer last season, Beecher averaged 13.7 ppg and 7.5 rpg for the year. She saved one of her finest performances for the state title game, when she tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds versus current Liberty teammate Devon Brown's Waynesboro squad.
Beecher, who will wear No. 15 as a freshman, comes from an athletic family. Her father, Bobby, was a basketball standout at Virginia Tech during the mid-1980s and went on to play professionally overseas.
Coach Carey Green on Beecher
"Kylee comes from a sports family. She possesses exceptional fundamental skills, combined with a championship attitude. Kylee is one of the best passing post players I have ever coached. She excels in pressure situations."
Kickin' It with Kylee
If I were Liberty's chancellor for a day, the first thing I would do is …
Give everyone the day off to just chill, catch up on some sleep and hang out with friends and/or family.
If I could add one game to Liberty's schedule, it would be …
Richmond, because I have friends who play on that team, and my former high school and AAU coach is now one of the assistant coaches for the Spiders.
If you could play against anyone in any sport, who would it be and why?
If I could play against anyone in any sport, it would be Tim Duncan from the San Antonio Spurs. He is my role model and my favorite NBA star, and after he kicked my butt, I would get him to show me a few moves to use in the paint.
A couple things on my "Bucket List" include …
Travel the world (Italy, Australia, Ireland, Greece, etc.) and do missions work overseas.
What is your favorite month of the year and why?
My favorite month of the year is a tie between April, because it's my birthday and it's spring, and December, because it's Christmas season.
I came to Liberty because …
It was God's will for me to play basketball here to glorify Him and be in a Christian environment, where I can grow in my relationship with Him. Also, it is close to home.
My favorite spot on campus is …
The LU monogram on the mountain, because it is peaceful up there and the scenery is amazing.
My best basketball memory is …
Winning state championships in back-to-back seasons, during my junior and senior year of high school.
Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
David, because he stood up against Goliath with great courage and trusted in God to protect him.
What was the most exciting thing you did this past summer and why?
The most exciting things I did this summer included going to Wrightsville Beach and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It was my time to relax and enjoy the beach at Wrightsville and the mountains and the cabin we stayed in at Gatlinburg.
One of my favorite quotes is …
Joshua 1:9, which is also my favorite Bible verse: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
My favorite person to talk to is …
My mom, because she and I have a close bond and we can talk about anything. If I'm having a hard time with something or am upset, she always knows the right things to say in order to help.