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Miles women’s hoops signs seven for upcoming season

The Lady Golden Bears add some firepower for the 2017-2018 bseason.

Miles women’s hoops signs seven for upcoming season

Courtesy of Miles Athletics
Miles women’s basketball coach Phillip Wallace, Jr. has signed seven new players to add to the Lady Golden Bears for the 2017-18 campaign.

Guards Darika Chelsey, Janese Richardson and Symone Williams, and forwards Jasmine Hollis, Katrice Jackson, Charitee Jenkins and Raiana Johnson will join a roster that finished 14-13 last season but lost its leading scorer, four of its top five rebounders, three of its top four assist makers and two of its top three 3-point shooters.

“We have gone out and brought in some players who, we believe, will make us a very strong team that can compete for a SIAC championship,” Wallace said. “We’ve brought in some strong guards and some athletic bigs who can help us this season and beyond.”

Richardson is a 5-foot-8 guard from Alabaster, Ala. She will enter as a junior college transfer from Wallace-Hanceville Community College after averaging 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game last season. Joining Richardson from Wallace-Hanceville is 5-foot-10 post player Hollis, who is from Dublin, Ga. She averaged 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game but missed a big portion of last season due to injury. She is expected to be ready to go once the season starts.

Chelsey, a 5-foot-9 guard from Drew High in Riverdale, Ga.; Jackson, a 6-foot-1 post player from Newnan High in Newnan, Ga.; and Johnson, a 6-foot post from Mundy Mills High in Jonesboro, Ga., were teammates on the AAU circuit. Chelsey averaged 13.5 points per game as a senior and was a Second Team All-Clayton County selection. Jackson was an honorable mention All-Metro selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Johnson, a Georgia Class 6A, Region 4 Second Team All-Region selection as well as a First Team All-Clayton County pick, averaged 12.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 2.0 steals per game as a senior and finished her prep career with more than 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and more than 250 blocked shots.

Williams, a 5-foot-5 guard from Lovejoy High in Atlanta, was a Georgia Class 6A, Region 4 Honorable Mention All-Region selection. She averaged 10 points per game and was a starter for a team that reached the Georgia Class 6A Final Four. Jenkins, a 6-foot forward from B.T. Washington in Pensacola, Fla. averaged 3.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 per game as the only senior on a team that finished 14-10. She was also selected to participate in the Subway All-Star Basketball Game.

Darika Chelsey 5-9 G FR Riverdale, Ga./Drew High
Jasmine Hollis 5-11 F/C JR Alabaster, Ala./Wallace-Hanceville Community College
Katrice Jackson 6-1 F/C FR Newnan, Ga./Newnan High
Charitee Jenkins 6-0 F FR Pensacola, Fla./B.T. Washington
Raiana Johnson 6-0 F/C FR Jonesboro, Ga./Mundy Mills High
Janese Richardson 5-8 G JR Dublin, Ga./Wallace-Hanceville Community College
Symone Williams 5-5 G FR Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy High

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