Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tigerville, SC – North Greenville University women’s basketball head coach Jayne Arledge has announced the addition of five new players for the 2012-13 season.

“We are very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” said Arledge. “We lost some keys players from last year’s senior class and I think these young ladies will help fill the gaps created by their departure.”

After a successful first season as a member of Conference Carolinas in which the Crusaders finished 20-9 overall and 14-4 in conference, North Greenville graduated three seniors. Among the graduating seniors were the program’s all-time leading scorer in Karly Stache and the program’s all-time assists leader in Christina Carlis.

In order to fill these gaps, Arledge has brought in five players who she believes will excite Crusader fans and continue the rise of the program to the top of the conference.

“This is a very athletic group that will fit well into our up-tempo style of play that our fans have come to enjoy in Hayes Gymnasium,” said Arledge. “We believe these five players will help us ascend to the top of the Conference Carolinas and have us competing for conference championships as well as national status.”

2012 Recruiting Class

Tyler Powers - 5’5” – Guard - Lenoir City High School, Lenoir City, TN – Powers was a four-year starter for the Panthers and was honored as a member of the All-District team each season. She is an offensive threat who amassed over 1, 000 career points, the fourth player in her school’s history to do so. Powers is the school’s all-time leader in three pointers made with 204, while averaging 14.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game in her senior season.

Kourtney Hailey - 5’6” – Guard - Southlake Christian Academy, Charlotte, NC – Hailey is another offensive power who recorded over 1, 100 career points for the Eagles, while being named as a member of the MAC All-Conference team twice. In her senior season, Hailey averaged 16.8 points per game and 5.2 assists per game to along with 62% shooting from the floor, including 70% shooting from three-point range and 89% shooting from the free throw line.

Tierra Richberg - 5’10” – Forward - Williston-Elko High School, Williston, SC – A threat both inside and outside of the paint, Richberg comes to North Greenville having been named Region Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 17.3 points per game and 14.2 rebounds per game. She was also honored as a member of the All-Region team three consecutive years as well as being named an SCHSL All-State player two times.

Taylor Vinson - 5’7” – Guard - Airport High School, Columbia, SC – Named a Top 5 player in South Carolina’s 3A rankings, Vinson was named Region Player of the Year as a junior in 2011. As a senior, she averaged an impressive 19.6 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game.

Maggi Ford - 5’8” – Guard - Homeschool, Gaffney, SC – Fresh off of leading the Upstate Lady Eagles to a South Carolina State Championship in 2012, Ford led her team to a 35-4 overall record, while also being named MVP of the State Tournament. For her career, Ford recorded a stellar 2, 253 points including 18.2 points per game as a senior as well as 6.4 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 36% from three-point range.