Georgia Northwestern Locks In For Third Straight Crown

(Rome, Georgia) – With the season-opener against Georgia Gwinnett College just a little over two months away, Georgia Northwestern has completed tryouts and announced its 2013-14 NJCAA Women’s Basketball roster.

Since 2011, Georgia Northwestern has found ways to claw its way to the top of its NJCAA Women’s Basketball region every year. Now, as the Lady Bobcats enter its fourth season of JUCO play, head coach Jim Williams finds himself in great position to make a run for his fourth consecutive region title.

NJCAA All-Region standouts Alyssa Nichelson and Kiarra Parks return for their second year on the Bobcat hardwood. The sophomore duo both cleaned the nets for 11 points a pop in the 2012-13 campaign which saw the Lady Cats run to a 15-10 mark and a NJCAA Region XVII regular season crown.

“Kiarra’s enthusiasm is unmatched,” said Williams. “She’s a great shooter and super quick. She and Alyssa complement each other so well. Alyssa will get a lot of big looks this year from the next level. She’s a captain for us and a true gamer.”

The Lady Cats are looking at moving Parks off of the point and into the shooting guard slot after picking up Reinhardt University transfer Diamond Hardin. The 5-foot-2 guard, who played her high school ball at Pebblebrook H.S. (GA), played at the point for the Eagles NAIA program out of Waleska, Georgia during the 2012-13 schedule.

“Diamond has the potential to do almost anything she wants to do in our region,” said Williams. “A real worker on the court. She and Kiarra will be the sophomore guards we turn to for a lot of backcourt leadership this season.”

With the loss of one of the nations’ top rebounders in 5-foot-10 sophomore Odessa Person (14 rpg) and former All-Region sharpshooter Emily Cole to graduation, Williams has spent the off-season piecing together a combination of veterans and incoming prep stars to make another championship run.

One of last year’s freshman standouts Mariah Price will return to the line-up in January for the start of region play. Price dropped in nine points and pulled down three boards a game this past season for the Lady Cats. Also returning will be Sierra Smith and Megan Flaherty. Smith made her splash in 2012-13 for her work from behind the arc. Smith made her first big waves by dropping a pair of three’s in the final ten seconds of regulation to upend visiting Division I powerhouse Southern Union last December, 71-70.

Williams enters his fourth season with a 28-37 overall mark as the top cat at Georgia Northwestern. He looks to take his career mark with the Lady Cats over the .500 level with the help of some promising incoming freshmen.

Leading the way is Model H.S. (GA) prep star Caroline Long. The 6-foot post player will join former Model standout Charron Woodley, as well as Alisha Bridges (Sonoraville H.S., GA.) and Tiana Jones (Chattooga H.S., GA) in the front court for the Lady Cats.

“At 6-feet, Caroline (Long) plays hard with intense defense,” said Williams. “And, she loves to help run the offense down low. We are fortunate to have a player like that on this team. She’s a student of the game.” Williams is also expecting a very physical contribution from Woodley and Bridges. “Charron has got herself into good physical shape and brings hard defense with a nice inside game,” said Williams. “As for Alisha (Bridges), she is extremely physical and can handle the tough contact. I love kids who can play defense. And, at this level, we win games on defense and free throws.”

Adairsville H.S. (GA) signee Mallory Bramblett, Sonoraville H.S. (GA) student-athlete Jackie Davis, and Coosa H.S. (GA) grad Brecia Hall have also earned their way into roster spots with the Lady Cats.

The Lady Cats are holding conditioning workouts between now and the first day of practice on October 1.

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