Former Smith Center star inks with BC women's hoops

By Steve Sell
July 07, 2014

LINDSBORG — Decorated transfer Taylor Arnold will join Bethany College’s basketball team after starring for Barton County Community College.

Arnold is a 5-10 shooting guard who also can play small forward. 

While at Barton, she started two years on the volleyball team as an outside, middle and right-side hitter as well as a setter. Her sophomore year, Arnold was named to the NJCAA All-Region VI Team and the Jayhawk West All-Conference Team, helping lead the Cougars to the Region VI regular season and tournament championship and a NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearance. As a freshman, Arnold was part of a Barton team who won the Region VI Tournament Championship and qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

Arnold is a graduate of Smith Center High School. She started for four years on the volleyball team and four years on the basketball team as a shooting guard, small forward and power forward. She also competed for four years on the varsity track team in the 4 x 400, 4 x 800, 300 hurdles, and the high jump.

As a high school freshman basketball player, Arnold earned Amos-Morris All-Tournament Team honors and second-team MCL All-League honors. As a sophomore, Arnold was first-team MCL All-League and honorable mention All-State for volleyball, as well as honorable mention MCL All-League for basketball.

Her junior year, Arnold was named first-team MCL All-League (volleyball), Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team (volleyball), Hastings Tribune fourth-team All-Tribland (volleyball), first-team MCL All-League (basketball) and honorable mention All-State (basketball). In addition, she placed fifth at state track in the 4 x 800 and third in the 4 x 400.

As a high school senior, Arnold earned numerous athletics honors: first-team MCL All-League (volleyball); third-team All-State (volleyball); Hastings Tribland Area honorable mention (volleyball); Hastings Tribland All Star Area Game; first-team MCL All-League (basketball); NCK All Star Game participant; Hoisington Classic All-Tournament Team (volleyball); Wichita Eagle All-State honorable mention (basketball); Topeka Capital All-State honorable mention (basketball); seventh place in the high jump at state track; Senior Athlete of the Year; and National Scholar/Athlete Award by the United States Army Reserve.

Her senior year at Smith Center, Arnold led her team to a 19-4 record, averaging 11.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 2.3 steals per game and 2.3 assists per game. 

"We are very excited to announce that Taylor has decided to resume her basketball career and finish her degree at Bethany College," Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. "Taylor was a fantastic multi-sport athlete in high school for a very good program and also had a very successful college volleyball career. We really like the experience and versatility that she will bring to our lineup. In addition, she is highly competitive and I know that she is having a great summer in terms of conditioning and skill development."

She is the daughter of Rodney and Belinda Arnold. She had a 3.6 high school grade point average and a 3.4 college grade point average, and is deciding on her major at Bethany College.