The East Georgia State College women’s basketball team was able to make a huge late season push in the 2011-2012 season to make the conference playoffs behind the talent of four players that are now on four-year college rosters in Valese McCallister (USC-Upstate), Bre Davis (Point College), Alexandria Covington, and Noelle Okongwu (both at Albany State).
New coach Brad Childers, the son of last year’s coach, Bud, has virtually a new squad with only two returning players, and nine newcomers. So far though, the young ladies have picked up the college game quickly and are learning from and listening to the two returners: Sameria Butts and Taylor Johnson.
Butts was the point guard for most of the season, scoring 5.4 points, grabbed 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. Johnson averaged 1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, and 0.1 steals per game.
Those two know what it takes to make it to the conference playoffs and will be counted on to provide leadership and experience for a talented group of freshmen and transfers. Of the nine newcomers, six were either All-Region, All-Area, or All-State in high school.
Tiara Baker, guard, is a freshman-eligible transfer from Central Florida. As a high school player in St. Louis, MO., Baker averaged 20 points per game in a very high-level Catholic conference. Crenshae Burden, forward, is the other freshman-eligible transfer as she is coming from Darton State and played high school at Washington County.
Keamoney Locke, forward, was a third team All-State player in Georgia as a senior at Jefferson Davis after averaging 20 points and seven rebounds a game. Chasity Mullins, guard, was an All-Area pick at Albany High School after averaging 18 points a game as a senior.
LaJanae Davis, guard, comes from a 25-win high school team in upper- Atlanta that produced three other college players last year. She is a very advanced guard and a sharpshooter. Tierney Haythe was another All-Area player for Morrow High School. Raven Ashley, guard, comes from Tift County where she was an All-Region player for a 20-win team. She’s the third player from Tift County in East Georgia State College’s short history, following Covington and Okongwu.
Lakeisha Durham, guard, comes from a 25-win Richmond Hill team with three other college players. Treniece Boles, guard, comes from Bradwell Institute and she might be the team’s best shooter.
With a talented group of players coming in, Coach Childers is very excited about the upcoming season and continuing the winning tradition the women’s program has set, being the first of the four East Georgia State College programs to post back-to-back winning seasons. Coach Childers is hoping to continue that success and have the team continue to improve throughout the season.