Written by: Jonathan Moore, Girl’s Head Basketball Coach Center Hill High School
We are proud to announce that Kiara Golden has been selected as one of only twelve state wide student-athletes for the prestigious Dandy Dozen recognition by the Clarion-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper! She is a 5’9” senior point guard with a six foot wingspan. Her length, athletic ability, and knowledge of the game have allowed her to dominate the basketball floor for the Center Hill Lady Mustangs for the past three years. Kiara has received many accolades including:
1st Team All-district 1-4A as a freshman
1st Team All-district 1-5A as a sophomore
District 1-5A MVP as a junior
Kiara has also led her team to 3 straight district Titles and playoff appearances as well as a Final Four appearance her sophomore year.
This savvy senior not only excels on the basketball floor, but she is also impressive in the classroom with a 3.5GPA. Kiara has not yet decided where she will continue her athletic/academic career, but interest has been shown by the University of Texas, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi, among other schools.
Kiara learned the trade from her dad, Lamarcus Golden, who played for the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee. Her dad, along with his cousin Penny Hardaway, has also been the coach of her Team Penny AAU team. Kiara is thankful for her mom as well, who is her biggest supporter in good times and bad. Kiara says that without her parents’ guidance, none of this would be possible. She states, “They have pushed me to excel on the floor and in the classroom”.
Jonathan Moore, her current high school coach, says that Kiara has the most potential of any player he has ever coached. He states, “I am very proud of her and look forward to watching her compete and grow as the leader of a very young Lady Mustang team. I know this will be a great year for her and the team”.