AKRON – Sophie Bussard has another season to put an exclamation mark on her prep basketball career at Tippecanoe Valley High School, but through social media on Thursday she made an announcement about her future.

Bussard, a 5-foot-8 versatile player that led the Lady Vikings last season in points, rebounds, assists and steals as they went 20-4 overall and 7-2 in the Three Rivers Conference, tweeted that she will continue her hoops and athletic career at NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University.

The Redhawks went 14-17 overall and 9-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season under head coach Rekha Patterson.

Southeast Missouri State, known as SEMO, is located in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

“First, I want to start off by giving a BIG thanks to God. I am truly blessed to be on this wonderful journey,” Bussard, the 2018 Times-Union Area Player of the Year said in her social media announcement.

“Next, I want to thank all the coaches who have been recruiting me and that gave me the opportunity to play at the next level. I also want to thank the Gym Rats program for taking me in and teaching me the game. Thank you Coach Banks for bringing out the best in me and pushing me to get better.

“I want to thank my parents and grandparents for being so supportive and allowing me to travel and play the sport I love.”

Bussard went on to thank Valley assistant boys basketball coach Trey Eaton, the school’s all-time leading scorer and whom Bussard trains with, as well as Eaton’s wife, Mallory Eaton, the school’s volleyball coach.

“Another big shoutout to Trey and Mal,” Bussard said in her message. “Thank you two for always pushing me, for all the workouts, and for being like my second family.

“Lastly I want to thank my support system at Tippecanoe Valley, and my coaches. I?have been blessed with so many supporters throughout the corporation and my coaches that push me to be a better player.

“With all of that being said, I am VERY excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Southeast Missouri State! I am so excited to play for Coach Patterson and her staff! Can’t wait to join the Redhawk fam!”

In Bussard’s three years of varsity hoops at Valley, the Lady Vikings have posted an overall record of 67-11 and a mark of 23-2 in the TRC.

Bussard averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game as a junior and takes a total of 794 points into her senior season.

Bussard is the daughter of Chuck and Bridget Bussard.