WADSWORTH — Stops on Peyton Booth’s June East Coast road trip included Robert Morris, Albany and Canisius, but she couldn’t get the University of New Hampshire out of her mind.
As such, the versatile Wadsworth guard committed to the Division I school.
“New Hampshire was the first one I went to and after I left, I said, ‘I wanted to make my decision now. I can already tell this one is better,”’ she said. “The campus is the most beautiful thing, and I love their coaching staff. They were the friendliest people. The team was nice and everything about the school was perfect for me.”
The 5-foot-10 Booth, the daughter of Grizzlies coach Andrew Booth, will receive a full athletic/academic scholarship. She has posted a 3.5 grade-point average during her high school career, and plans on majoring in chemistry.
The two-star recruit by ESPN.com had been on the Wildcats’ radar for almost a year thanks to her unusually high basketball IQ and solid numbers across the board of 5.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.2 blocks.
New Hampshire is located in Durham, which Booth described as a “really cute college town.” It has a population of 14,000 people — roughly 30 percent smaller than Wadsworth — and is 20 minutes from beaches one way and 20 minutes from Boston in another.
New Hampshire was 12-18 overall and 6-10 in the America Mideast Conference last season. It is slated to have just two seniors on the roster this winter.
“With my class coming in, they’re expecting really big things out of us,” Booth said.
Booth can now focus solely on her senior year, as the Grizzlies are coming off consecutive appearances in the Division I regional finals. She is expected to play a point-forward role similar to Wadsworth great Cassie Schrock.
History has proven Booth is a winner, as the Grizzlies are 42-0 in SL games during her career. That number also holds true for the volleyball team with Booth playing All-Gazette caliber at hitter.
“I’d known for a really long time I wanted to decide before school started,” she said. “When they offered me, it was such a weight lifted off my shoulders, especially since it was my favorite school.”
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