Katie Gariss Marsh laughed when asked if college coaches beat a path to her door during her senior season at College Heights Christian School.
Marsh insisted she was seriously recruited by only Missouri Southern and John Brown University of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
So much for more than 2,000 career points and a 6-foot frame.
She ultimately chose to remain in Joplin with coach Amy Townsend’s Lions. She played three years for Townsend and her senior year under Maryann Mitts.
Marsh hasn’t regretted that decision, either, and experiences since have cemented it. She was inducted into into the Missouri Southern Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2012.
“Attending and playing basketball for Southern was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life,” Marsh said in an update for Southern. “I am so thankful that I received that opportunity. And while that “season” of life is over, the values that I learned are pertinent to every season of life that I enter.”
“One of the first lessons I remember from Coach Mitts is the one of “little victories” — meaning, don’t expect to do great in the big things until you learn to do great in big things until you learn to do great in the little things. IN other words, success doesn’t come over night. It comes after string of conscious decisions to do the right thing.
“Another lesson I remember being emphasized by the coaching staff was our need, as players, to be coachable. The third thing I would mention that was emphasized by the coaching staff was the value in plain old hard work.”
Marsh, who was coached at CHC by Krisitin McCarthy and John Blankenship, started four years for the Cougars. She was a three-year starter at Missouri Southern.
Marsh, although she missed nine games because of an injury, finished with 1,230 points and 588 rebounds for the Lions. The points rank No. 9.
Marhs, who was born in Nevada (Missouri), shot 48.5 percent from the field and 73.5 from the foul line during her Southern career. She averaged nearly 13 points and more than six rebounds.
Her husband Josh is an operations manager at TAMKO. They have four children — Kinley, 8; Hunter 7; Will, 4, and Campbell 1. The family resides in Joplin.
Katie, a daughter of Julie and Randy Gariss, is a part – time physician assistant for Dr. Jonathan Grantham at Galena (Kansas) –based Orthopedic Specialist of the Four States.
Katie hasn’t forsaken basketball. She coaches a girls youth team with Gabe Lett.