She's been part of a state championship team, now Casey Perot is taking on a new challenge — college basketball.

Perot, the 19-year-old South Walton High senior, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play basketball for the Gadsden State Community College Lady Cardinals.

"We are very fortunate to have Casey," Gadsden Assistant Coach Chad Butts told the small gathering in the media center at South Walton High Tuesday afternoon.

"It's an honor to have her not only on the basketball court but in the classroom as well. I honestly believe she is going to do very well there," Butts said.

Perot was part of the Seahawk team that captured the state title last year as well as being named the MVP for the state tournament. This past season, the Seahawks didn't fare as well finishing 14-14, but Perot had already caught the eye of the Gadsden coaches.

Head Cardinal Coach John Butts had seen Perot play in a couple of tournaments.

"The first time we saw her, we got attached, so we stayed in contact," Chad Butts said. "We really think she fits to what we do in Gadsden. I think she is going to help us and our program."

Perot has already been up to check out the program and the campus and loved it.

"It's a fun environment in a small town and it makes me feel at home," Perot said.

"I've already felt comfortable with the team … like I'm already on the team," she said.

Perot, who hit a double-double most every game this season, hopes to take the position of a sophomore forward who is leaving Gadsden to go to a university.

"Hopefully I can help in that area," said the 6-foot-1 Perot. "She was a great girl and I hope I can fill in."

Perot will be leaving for north Alabama in July.

"I'm beyond excited. I've already got my dorm d้cor. It's going to be beachy … beachy shower curtain, beachy bedspread. It's going to feel like home," she said.

Although she's looking forward to the move, Perot said, "I'm going to miss being a Seahawk and miss being a state champion. I love making history. I hope we get that championship with Gadsden next year … they almost got it this year."

Gadsden lost in the ACCC State Championship game to Shelton by 10 points.

Prior to cutting her celebration cake with teammates, family and friends on Tuesday, she thanked them for being a part of her day.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported me the last few years and my basketball career at South Walton. I've been playing since I was four and it's great to go to college for this … for my dream," she said.

"I'm just really excited that I'm doing this today. Glad ya'll are here supporting me."