Kisha Ford, considered by many to be the area's best returning girls high school basketball player, has decided to transfer from city power Western to Bryn Mawr, a private school in northern Baltimore City.
Ford, a 6-foot junior guard/forward, who was an Evening Sun first-team All-Metro selection in both her freshman and sophomore years with the Doves, said her decision to leave Western for Bryn Mawr was to beef up her academic marks so she can gain entry to an Ivy League school in two years when she graduates.
"I can't doubt Western. It's a really good school, but I think I need a tougher challenge," Ford said yesterday. "I think I want to start over again."
Ford, who averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals in helping lead Western to a 25-1 record last season and a 52-1 mark over two seasons, said she had actually decided to leave the school following her freshman year, but had not settled on a new school by the time the next term began.
Ford, who also considered McDonogh, said her decision to transfer was not the product of any falling out between herself and Western coach Breezy Bishop, but rather an effort to pursue a more challenging academic course load.
"Everybody has disagreements with a coach, but I just wanted to do better," said Ford, who added that she has been taking part in tutoring sessions and spending time in the library this summer.
Bishop declined to comment on Ford's transfer.