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Hard work pays off for Warriors’ Mosey

Chloe Mosey, who eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark this season for the Warriors, signs her letter of intent to play college hoops for the University of Montana-Western on Tuesday. - Photo by James Mange
Chloe Mosey, who eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark this season for the Warriors, signs her letter of intent to play college hoops for the University of Montana-Western on Tuesday.
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Chloe Mosey knows how to win, so it’s no surprise she picked one of the NAIA’s top women’s basketball programs for her college experience. Mosey signed her letter of intent to play at the University of Montana Western Tuesday, surrounded by her family and friends.

The star post player from King’s West has helped the Warriors to a .750 winning percentage during her four years on varsity, and the Bulldogs of Montana Western have been to the NAIA sweet 16 seven years in a row. Mosey figures prominently in keeping the string alive, as the Bulldogs graduate a pair of All-American’s who patrol the paint this spring.

“This is a perfect fit for her,” said King’s West coach, Byran Hanley. “Chloe’s skills lend themselves to the college game. She’s a very strong player. She picks up a lot of pit-a-pat fouls here. When she gets into a situation where she’s allowed to play, she’s really going to flourish.”

That means Mosey’s game could get seriously scary, considering the success she’s already earned. She’s helped the Warriors to four straight Class B state tournaments, been voted first team All-SeaTac League three years and been the King’s West co-MVP twice. She poured in more than 1,200 points in her high school career, last year averaging 16 points per game with 8.9 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.3 assists.

Montana Western coach Kevin Engellant agrees Mosey is ready for the next level.

“Chloe is a strong post player with good moves around the basket,” Engellant said. “She has good footwork and she uses her left hand very effectively. Chloe will be a good fit in our program because she has a great attitude and is very coachable. With her tremendous work ethic she will continue to improve her basketball skills to be an outstanding player.”

And just as Engellant is impressed with what he sees in Mosey, Mosey is equally impressed with Montana Western.

“I visited a week and a half ago, and I fell in love with the school and the coach and the players,” Mosey said. “I also really liked the Experience One program.”

Experience One is the academic system the school

of 1,400 employs, where students take just one class at a time for a three week period. With the intense immersion into each topic, the longer class length per day and the small class sizes, each student gets more one-on-one instruction.

“I like that,” Mosey said. “After King’s West, I’m used to getting the individual attention.”

Mosey’s high academic achievements qualified her for a Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship, voiding her from paying out-of-state tuition, and she gets a partial scholarship for basketball. Mosey plans on studying Business Administration, and hopes to one day own her own business. A tall order she seems groomed for.

“From my perspective, hard work is the single most important factor for success as a human being,” Hanley said, “and Chloe’s got that by the truckload.”

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