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Teammates Turley, Mayes commit to MSU

By Mike Stunson mstunson@paducahsun.com

Rechelle Turner nabbed her first commitments for the Murray State women's basketball team, and they're a pair she's quite familiar with.

Murray High School's Macey Turley and Lex Mayes -- both juniors guards -- gave their commitments to the Lady Racer basketball program on Sunday to follow their former head coach, Turner, who was named Murray State's head coach on March 29.

For both Turley and Mayes, the decision to stay home at Murray State was one that had as much to do with the opportunity to continue to play with one another as it did playing on another Turner-coached team.

"Everything kind of came into place. God put us in this position together," Turley said of committing with Mayes. "I have been playing for coach Turner since seventh grade, and I can't imagine playing for anyone else. It's incredible to know I get to play with my best friend."

Mayes echoed Turley's thoughts, and said the chance to play for Turner at Murray State was equally shocking as it was surreal.

"It's great that I have played for Coach for three years already. It's sad she won't be there for our senior year, but to have her for four more years is amazing," Mayes said. "Knowing the staff (including former Murray High assistants Monica Evans and Amber Guffey) will push you to do your best and your best friend there, being able to play four more years with her, it was a great opportunity."

Mayes has started with Turley in the Murray backcourt for the past two years, but their relationship started all the way back in elementary school when they were on the same AAU program in Graves County.

The two later transferred to the Murray Independent School system at different times, and both have made their marks on the Lady Tiger basketball program.

Turley is a four-time member of the All-Purchase Team and was the region's Player of the Year as a sophomore. She's shined on the biggest stages as the Murray point guard, making the KHSAA State All-Tournament Team in each of the past two years and being named the All "A" Classic Most Valuable Player in 2016.

Mayes is a two-time member of the All-Purchase Team and has steadily improved as one of the best players in the region since transferring to Murray before her freshman year. In each of the past two seasons, she's broken the school record for steals in a season.

Now the pair can focus on their senior seasons, when they hope to lead the Lady Tigers to a third straight region title while still knowing they will be able to continue their chemistry on the court for four more years.

"She was always real quiet, and I'm the opposite. I'd rather be a louder person so we balance each other out," said Mayes, whose offer from Murray State was her first. "She has a great work ethic and always pushes me harder. We have grown together, especially throughout high school."

Turley said Mayes helped her break out of her shell, as the two have built their friendship.

"I wasn't talkative back then but when she moved to Murray, that all changed," said Turley, who chose Murray State over offers from UT Martin and Northern Kentucky. "We each share the same brain and think alike. It's almost like we can read each other's minds."

That chemistry and on-court abilities led them to lead Murray in scoring last year -- combining to average 29.7 points per game.

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