By Kevin Melton
Maggi Ford once had ambitions of turning heads with her singing ability.
The 18-year-old Gaffney native, whose mother, Michelle, is the minister of music at State Line Baptist Church in her hometown, has proven her talent level with a runner-up finish at the American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. She also sings in a local choir and plays the guitar.
While musically inclined, it was Ford’s basketball ability instead that drew attention. The senior guard averaged 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game to lead the Upstate Lady Eagles to a 35-4 record and South Carolina Homeschool state championship this past season. She scored 693 points during the season and finished her five-year career with 2,253 points.
Due to her efforts, Ford now has the opportunity to play at the next level as she signed a letter of intent to play next season at North Greenville during a ceremony held at City Hall in downtown Spartanburg.
Ford’s father, Mark, is the grounds maintenance manager for the City of Spartanburg. She is the first player from her homeschool team to sign a basketball scholarship.
“There was a time that I felt God called me away from basketball to pursue music,” Ford said. “I actually quit for a year. After that, I went back to playing basketball because I felt it was the right thing to do and that God wanted me to because I stepped out and trusted Him. I’ve been playing ever since. I do love music but love basketball more.”
Ford chose the Crusaders over Erskine, Gardner-Webb and Tennessee Temple. She said the path to landing at North Greenville was interesting.
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