Gorge, Texas - Moorhead Park Christian alumni Karley Motschenbacher has generally been attracted to Texas so it appeared to be legit that that is the place where she chose to proceed with her ladies' ball profession in the wake of moving from Minnesota State Moorhead.

"Texas has generally been on my heart. I love everything about Texas," said Motschenbacher, who played one season for the Dragons. "I'm a farm girl on the most fundamental level. I have ponies, I love the outside and I love the glow."

The 5-foot-8 Motschenbacher has likewise observed a b-ball home in the Lone Star state. She has helped lead West Texas A&M to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in her first season with the Lady Buffs. No. 6 cultivated West Texas A&M (26-10) plays No. 3 seed Glenville (W.Va.) State (32-1) around early afternoon Monday, March 21, in the public quarterfinals in Birmingham, Ala.

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"It implies more to me than words can depict, particularly coming from a little school the nation over, I never at any point envisioned that I would make it into the Elite Eight in all my years," said Motschenbacher, who scored in excess of 2,400 focuses during her prep profession at Park Christian. "It's truly mind boggling."

West Texas A&M watch Karley Motschenbacher is averaging 10.2 focuses per game this season.

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Motschenbacher has played in 36 games this season, making 30 beginnings and averaging 31.4 minutes per game. She has dominated during the postseason. Motschenbacher was named the most important player in the Lone Star Conference competition and the South Central Region competition.

"She's settled in what the future held," Buffs lead trainer Josh Prock, in his first season as lead trainer at West Texas A&M, which is situated in Canyon. "She plays with a great deal of strength, a ton of certainty, and sort of driven our group to where we're at today. … Karley and every one of them have gotten truly positive about the thing we're doing. It's simply been amusing to watch."

During the locale competition, Motschenbacher found the middle value of 19.7 focuses north of three games while shooting 66% (19 of 29) from the floor. She's scored somewhere around 16 places in the four games heading into the Elite Eight.

"I believe it's more playing for the young lady close to me," Motschenbacher said. "I've made some ridiculously cozy connections simply in this last season with these young ladies. Some of them it's their last go around and they have invested such a lot of energy into this. I simply needed to move forward and I need to be who I realize I can be.

Moorhead Park Christian alumni Karley Motschenbacher (23) is made a beeline for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight ladies' b-ball competition with West Texas A&M.

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Motschenbacher played one season for the Dragons in 2020-21, which was simply 13 games due to the Covid pandemic. She found the middle value of 7.8 places and 16.3 minutes per game as a genuine first year recruit for MSUM.

After the season, she chose to move since she needed to move farther away from home. MSUM grounds is only minutes from her home.

"I've for practically forever needed to get away from home," Motschenbacher said. "I love being home, I love my family, yet I've without exception needed to move away so the progress was extremely energizing for me. It was more invigorating than alarming."

For Motschenbacher, who has two ponies in Minnesota, West Texas A&M ended up being the ideal fit.

West Texas A&M watch Karley Motschenbacher played secondary school ball for Moorhead Park Christian.

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"It was anything but an unexpected when I told individuals I was dropping down here," Motschenbacher said. "I love it down here, it's astounding and I certainly don't miss the snow."

Motschenbacher said her folks, Kurt and Julie Motschenbacher, have been in Canyon the beyond couple of months to follow her ball vocation. She said they will get back to Minnesota after the b-ball season.

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Motschenbacher said she's observed a solace level on the ball court and locally at West Texas A&M. Gulch has a populace around 15,000.

"I simply feel like I'm more agreeable on the court and I can do what I did in secondary school," Motschenbacher said. "Individuals here have been extremely steady."

West Texas A&M monitor Karley Motschenbacher, left, celebrates with her partners subsequent to winning the NCAA Division II South Central Region ladies' ball title in Canyon, Texas.

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Motschenbacher set up a good foundation for herself as the group's point monitor close to the furthest limit of January, said Prock. She's averaging 10.2 focuses and 2.1 helps per game, putting her second in the group in the two classes.

"Karley is great with the b-ball in her grasp and she's had the option to dominate in that job," said Prock, who was already the lead trainer at Eastern New Mexico. "She's simply made enormous shots down the stretch for us. … If we really wanted a hotshot, Karley has been the one to truly convey for us."

After the Lady Buffs acquired a spot in the Elite Eight, Motschenbacher heard from loved ones in the Moorhead region.

"I have such a lot of help from back home and I am thus, so thankful for all of that," she said. "There's been a ton of reach-outs, a great deal of posts via web-based entertainment and stuff. It's been astonishing."

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Motschenbacher is additionally thankful for the job she's played in her first season with West Texas A&M.

"I most certainly had no clue about where my job would have been," she said. "It's played out better compared to I might have envisioned."