PEMBROKE – Guards Tia Farmer and Melanie Horne are set to become the newest members of the UNC Pembroke women’s basketball squad, as the in-state products have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers as Braves, head coach John Haskins announced Friday afternoon.
Farmer heads south from Tarboro where she was a four-sport star at Southwest Edgecombe High School, while Horne treks to Pembroke after a phenomenal career at West Montgomery High School in Troy.
“We are excited that Melanie and Tia have decided to join our basketball program,” Haskins said. “Both of these incoming freshman are outstanding young women and students in addition to their basketball abilities.”
Farmer, a 5-2 point guard, averaged 12.2 points as a senior to led Southwest Edgecombe to a 20-5 record, a conference title and the third round of the state playoffs. She was named to the Eastern Plains all-conference team while dishing out 6.3 assists, grabbing 3.3 rebounds and racking up 2.7 steals per outing. Farmer was a four-time letterwinner in basketball, but also picked up varsity letters in track, volleyball and tennis en route to being named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year. She averaged 10.2 points, 4.3 assists, 3.2 boards and 2.5 steals as a junior.
Tia is the daughter of Quantico and LaTanya Farmer and has a younger brother, Demadian, and a younger sister, Quintira. She maintains a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school and plans to major in pre-law at UNCP.
“Tia is a very strong and aggressive guard who can push the ball and attack the rim offensively,” Haskins added. “She can also really pressure the ball on the defensive end of the floor.”
Horne, a 5-8 shooting guard, poured in 25 points per game in her senior season at West Montgomery and was twice selected to the all-district and all-conference teams. She led the team to a 20-5 record and a conference tournament victory in her final season and was named the Conference Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year as a junior. Horne finished her high-school career with over 1,600 points.
Melanie is the daughter of Leon and Jennifer Horne and has one older brother, Lean Jr., and an older sister, Tamera. She maintains a 4.4 cumulative grade point average and ranked ninth in her 143-member senior class. Horne earned the Academic Excellence Award and plans to major physical education at UNCP.
“Melanie is a very long and skilled wing who can score in many ways,” Haskins remarked. “She can shoot the three, attack the basket off the dribble and score in the midrange and post areas.”
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