Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball season outlook for 2009-2010
Brewton-Parker College’s head coach DeCole Shoemate looks forward to the beginning of the 2009-2010 season, which begins this weekend with the Baron Tip Off Classic, Nov. 6-7 on the Mount Vernon campus.
The Brewton-Parker women’s basketball team lost an astounding 8 seniors who averaged a combined 78% of scoring and 71% of rebounds per game during the 2008-09 season.
As those players move on, the Lady Barons will be counting on the returning underclassmen and a recruiting class of at least 8, composed of 2 transfers and 6 freshmen thus far. Despite their youth, the Lady Barons will be a feisty and eager group of players.
“I am very excited about this incoming class.” say Shoemate. “I believe that when joined with the returning players, the energy and hunger they will bring to the team will translate into exciting basketball and a very competitive season. We have a very strong group of returns who embrace our concept of ‘Many Parts, In One Body.’ As leaders on and off the court I consider a pure privilege to coach such an amazing group young ladies.”
The Lady Barons’ back court is deep in the guard position providing versatility, perimeter scoring and an intense defensive presence. The newcomers at the guard position include:
Chanee Carson – 5’6” guard comes to the program from Buford High School. Along with the Georgia AA State Championship title, with a record of 32-1, other accomplishments to add to her resume for the 2008-2009 year are: "6AA Region Champions", Gwinnett Tip Off Club "Team of the Year, "2008/2009 Deep South Tournament Champions", "Undefeated Region Record 17-0", & "Undefeated Home Record 12-0" & the list goes on. "Chanee offers the Lady Barons a wealth of knowledge and experience on how to be a successful TEAM,” says Shoemate. “She knows that it takes hard work and dedication. I look forward to her bringing that attitude and experience to the team.”
Iesha Dunbar – 5’3” guard from Thomas County Central High School, a four-year starter who brings energy on defense and does a great job pushing the ball on offense, Iesha sees the court very well and is very unselfish with the ball. “Iesha’s court vision, tempo, and style of play will be a great asset to the Lady Barons program; I look forward to the excitement this kid will bring to the program"
Quagee Gaines – 5’7” guard from Boone High School of Orlando, Fla., via Seminole Community College. 2005 All-Metro Conference 1st Team, 2006 McDonald’s All-American Nominee, “Quagee comes to our program as a well poised player who is a threat at all angles on the court. She is a natural leader with an intense competitive edge.” quotes Shoemate. “She’s the type of kid that makes my job easier,” states Shoemate with a slight smile, “she going to speak her mind and demand the best out of everyone.”
Sonia Heyward – 5’8” guard of Savannah High School. Her senior year she averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds per game having a season high of 26 while scoring in double digits in 18 of 24 games. Heyward earned honorable mention accolades on the Savannah Morning News' All-Greater Savannah Area team, Region 3-AAAAA All-Tournament 2nd team, to name a few awards. Sonia is a very smart player who as I like to say ‘pick her poison.’ She is an aggressive player who at the right moment could make a difference in any game. Her slashing abilities knowledge of the game will proved to be a vital role in this years’ success,” states Shoemate.
Sharonta Williams – 5’5” guard out of Tallahassee, Fla., by way of Leon High School. All Big Bend Girls Basketball 2nd Team, “‘Quiet Storm’ is what I like to call this kid, she the type of player that drops 20 something points and you don’t remember the first five.” says Coach Shoemate. “She has a certain calmness about that her that assures you things are okay with the ball in her hands.”
They will join the ranks and company of already present sophomore Sadonna Floure and seniors Angelica Turner and Ashauntae Bussey. The Lady Barons’ front court will bring size, strength and speed to the paint. Newly-added post players include:
Candace Barham – 5’8” post player from Liberty County High School. The former Lady Panther is a very athletic individual who is willing do whatever it takes to help her team win. “Despite her size she never backs down and is determined to out work anyone,” state Shoemate. ‘With her ability to rebound and run the court well she has the potential to be very successful in our program.”
Ondia Kelly – 5’11” post who transfers in from Newberry College. A four year starter at Vila Rica High School under coach Sunee Springer, named MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in her senior year. During her MVP campaign, she led her team to the Georgia High School Sweet Sixteen while averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists a game. “Ondia is going to be a great asset to our program,” Shoemate says with a smile, “this kid is hungry, talented, and is determined.”
Crystal Nwaopara – 6’0” Center from North Clayton High School, was 1st team all Region 4-AAAA, Wilkinson County Christmas Tournament MVP, and a member of the Clayton County All Star Team. She averaged 12 points and 10 boards with a season high of 24 points. Her size and length alone make her an immediate impact when she is on the court, especially defensively. “Crystal has a tremendous passion for the game, with complete raw talent, but she is not timid by any means. I look forward to watching this young lady develop through our program, and making her mark during her career.”
These ladies will bring depth as they join forces with lone senior Zaneta Howard, sophomore Latoya Foster, and redshirt freshman Takera Pinkney.
Shoemate said there could be additional players added to the latest recruiting class, but at this time she is very excited about the current additions.
“I completely honored to have the opportunity to coach such a keen and talented group of young ladies,” says Shoemate, “But I’m even more excited about their eagerness to be a Lady Baron. Every young lady in and recruited to this program understands the importance of knowing and completing their individual role in order to accomplish a common goal. This program will definitely understand the concept of TEAM, and thus far have already embraced it.”
The Lady Barons will open this season with their annual BPC Tip Off at the Gillis Gymnasium. They will open up Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. against Webber International, and follow on Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. against Warner Southern University.
Brewton-Parker Junior Varsity Women’s Basketball signees for 2009-2010
Head Coach DeCole Shoemate reveals the Junior Varsity signees for 2009-2010. Coached by Candice Johnson, who is entering her fourth year as Head Coach of BPC’s Junior Varsity program, the Junior Lady Barons will have the addition of several new players this year.
Joined by four returners (Ashley Booker, Chandreas Carter, April Edmond, & Ashley Edwards), the incoming class thus far is composed of eight guards: Amber Bailey, Otisshia Burden, Jaleisia Coleman, Kieara Dexter, Melanie Ducott, Alesha Mercer, Latera McCollum and Ronette Terry; and, six post players: Myiesha Cooper, Katrina Franklin, Virginia Lott, Nastashia Minto, Ambreia Williams and Kimberly Williams.
Being one of the select number of schools offering a junior varsity program, it has proved to be very beneficial for the Lady Barons. Designed for students who are not quite ready for action at the varsity level, these young ladies will have the opportunity to compete and get vital game time experience, while pursuing the opportunity for a varsity spot.
“This JV Team in particular has the potential to be the best that has come through this program in its four year tenure.” Quotes Shoemate, “I wouldn’t be surprised if 1 or 2 of these young ladies worked their way on to varsity this year – some are just that close.”
Though being one of the largest teams to come through the program as well, Coach Shoemate is at ease due to the leadership of Coach Johnson. “After overseeing the program last year and seeing how inclined she was to details and fundamentals, I don’t think there is a better person for the job. Coach Johnson has a way of breaking players down and getting them back to the basic. This is a key process as these young ladies are prepped for the varsity level.”
Shoemate goes on to say, “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have such a Christ centered and loyal woman on my staff, I look forward to working along side her as she molds and develops these young ladies.”
The Junior Lady Barons will compete in a very competitive schedule this year with a total of 12 games. They will open the season Wednesday, Nov. 4 at home against Andrew College. – BPC