Pez and LaShey Ludy are all smiles as their daughter, Chelsea, signed papers to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Wednesday. Also on hand for the ceremony were LaFayette High assistant principal Maggie Stultz, LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson.
Pez and LaShey Ludy are all smiles as their daughter, Chelsea, signed papers to continue her basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Wednesday. Also on hand for the ceremony were LaFayette High assistant principal Maggie Stultz, LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson and GNTC athletic director David Stephenson.

(Lafayette, GA) – A recent study has indicated that of the thousands of high school athletes that graduate in the state of Georgia each year, only two percent go on to sign college athletic scholarships.
That elite group now includes LaFayette High School’s Chelsea “C.C.” Ludy.
The Lady Rambler senior will be a part of the new-look Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats when they move into their new Rossville home next season. Ludy signed her letter of intent on Wednesday in front of family and friends in a ceremony at LaFayette.
Ludy said it “feels amazing” to be a college basketball player.
“I’ve always wanted to play at the next level,” she said. “I didn’t want high school to be the last time I was ever on the court so I’m really looking forward to it.”
While Ludy started a handful of games last season, she gave the Lady Ramblers value and depth off the bench at guard. An adept ball-handler with 3-point shooting range, Ludy made her mark with solid defense and good passing skills, becoming one of LaFayette’s leaders in assists.
Ludy’s opportunity to play for the Lady Bobcats stemmed from a workout shortly after the end of LaFayette’s 2013-14 campaign.
“I went to a tryout camp for them (in Rome) right after the end of the season,” she explained. “I really didn’t think about it leading to anything at the time, but later on they contacted me about coming to play for them.”
LaFayette head coach Tommy Swanson said GNTC was getting, first and foremost, a great person.
“She was really dependable and she had some great highlights for us last year,” he said. “She stepped up and became one of our top assist players. I think she’ll fit in nicely at Georgia Northwestern because she’s quick and she can guard people. We’re excited for her that she gets to continue her basketball career.”
Swanson said that Ludy’s defensive skills were college-ready.
“Anytime you go to the next level, you have to step up your game,” he said. “She just has to continue to work on offense and improve her shot, but defensively, she’ll be fine. She’s also very unselfish and she knows how to pass the ball.”
Ludy echoed her former coach’s assessment.
“I know I need to work on my ball-handling and being more aggressive going toward the basket,” she said. “Plus, I have to work on my shooting.”
GNTC athletic director David Stephenson was happy to add Ludy to the fold.
“She’s a quality girl, on and off the floor, which is what we are always looking for,” he said. “We’re not sure exactly what position she will play. We’ll make a determination after summer workouts, but I think we’re very blessed to get her because I think she can be a very versatile player for us. It’s also huge for her to make the commitment without knowing who the (new) coach is going to be.”
Ludy said she is considering a business major.
“I never wanted to be far from home,” she added. “I’m not used to being away by myself so (Georgia Northwestern) was perfect for me.
Then, on top of that, I get to play basketball close to home so my family can come watch me play.”