Spencer will sign an official letter of intent on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the lobby of Lapwai High School.
“We are extremely excited that Natahnee has decided to join our women’s basketball program,” Lewis-Clark State coach Brian Orr said. “She is the kind of player that can really extend a defense because she is a pure shooter with deep range. In that same vein, she can be very hard to guard because she reads defenses and moves so well without the ball. She is also an outstanding passer, whether it’s finding the open player in transition or feeding the post. She has excellent court vision and has a high basketball IQ.”
Spencer was selected to the Girls 1A Division I All-State team last season after being named the state Player of the Year in her freshman and sophomore campaigns. As a sophomore, she helped the Wildcats to a state championship.
Spencer scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Wildcats claim third place at the 1A Division I tournament in February and put up a 31-point effort to lead Lapwai over then-No. 1 Prairie during the regular season.
During her prep career, Spencer has also attended invite-only camps and showcases in the offseason, including one such event sponsored by Nike in Oregon City, Ore. She also has competed against top-tier competition, helping Lapwai to wins over much larger in-state programs.
She is part of a long line of Spencer girls that have starred at Lapwai, where their father Shawn is the head coach.
“Natahnee is an excellent student, a great teammate and it doesn’t hurt that she’s a coach’s kid,” Orr said. “Natahnee truly is the perfect fit for our program; a local star from one of the winningest programs in the state. She’s a winner, and today, so are we.”