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Next Step: Pittsfield's O'Brien signs with John Wood

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Pittsfield's Shea O'Brien signs her letter of intent with John Wood basketball on Tuesday afternoon. Pittsfield's Shea O'Brien signs her letter of intent with John Wood basketball on Tuesday afternoon.

PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) -- Shea O'Brien epitomized toughness this past season.

In late December, the Pittsfield star had her appendix removed and less than a day later O'Brien was back with her team cheering them on at the Lady Tiger Classic in Beardstown.

A little more than two weeks later, she returned to the game floor.

O'Brien didn't necessarily need to be tough this afternoon as she signed her national letter of intent to continue her basketball career at John Wood.

Her name is littered throughout the Lady Saukee record books and part of her reason to join the Lady Blazers is so that friends and relatives can continue watching her play.

"For my coaches to be able to come and watch, and my family, I've never had a game where they're not there."

"So, it'll be nice to have that family and local support still. I look forward to developing as a player, and continuing my education and playing basketball somewhere after John Wood." 

O'Brien averaged nearly 20 points and three and a half steals a game this past season.

She also made 52 three pointers and was an 82 percent free throw shooter en route to being named 3rd Team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

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