MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Huntingdon women’s basketball coach Buzz Phillips has announced the addition of 12 newcomers who have completed their intent to enroll paperwork and have committed to play for the Lady Hawks during the upcoming season.
Heather Kelly (Deatsville, Ala./East Memorial Christian Academy), Teal Longerbeam (Wetumpka, Ala./Wetumpka HS), Tristiana Mays (Montgomery, Ala./Wallace-Hanceville CC), Jodi Montalvo (Crestview, Fla./Crestview HS), Tyger Paris (Munford, Ala./Munford HS), Raven Prater (Piedmont, Ala./Piedmont HS), Ashleah Roberts (Sulligent, Ala./Sulligent HS), Lauren Rozof (Helena, Ala./Kingwood Christian), Kali Sands (Palm City, Fla./Martin County HS), Jodi Thomas (Columbus, Ga./Northside HS), Melissa Wallace (Phenix City, Ala./Central HS) and Sam Wesson (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs HS) have been accepted to Huntingdon and will suit up for the Lady Hawks during the 2010-11 season.
“I am very excited about this new class,” Phillips said. “This is a group of talented young ladies, who I think can come in and make an immediate impact on our program.”
Kelly, a 5-9 forward, joins the Lady Hawks after following a standout prep career at East Memorial Christian Academy, where she earned the Wildcats’ Most Improved Player, Best Defense and Christian Leadership awards. As a senior, she averaged 8.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game. Kelly plans to major in education while at Huntingdon.
A 5-6 guard, Longerbeam averaged 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a senior for Wetumpka High School. She earned the Indians’ Academic Award as a senior and also played AAU ball for six seasons. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in biology.
Mays, the lone member of the class who transferred from a junior college, spent the past two years at Wallace State – Hanceville Community College, where she averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 assists per game as a sophomore. The 5-6 guard who prepped at Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery, will major in psychology.
A three-year starter and four-year contributor at Crestview High School, Montalvo averaged 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 5.0 blocked shots per game as a senior. The 5-11 forward plans to major in athletic training at Huntingdon.
Paris, who will also play softball at Huntingdon, was a three-sport athlete at Munford High School in Munford, Ala. During her senior season, she averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The 5-9 guard will major in psychology while at Huntingdon.
Prater joins the Lady Hawks following a prep career at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Ala., where she averaged 12. 0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a senior. The 5-8 guard earned all-area and all-county honors as a senior, while also being named to the county all-tournament team. Prater is undecided on a major.
Roberts, a 5-2 guard, prepped at Sulligent High School, where she was a team captain and earned the Blue Devils’ Top 3-point Shooter award as a senior. In her final season, she averaged 8.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per contest. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in athletic training.
Rozof, who will also play volleyball at Huntingdon, was a three-sport star at Kingwood Christian Academy and became the first player in school history to have her jersey number retired in volleyball, softball and basketball. She helped the team to three regional championships, five AISA Elite Eight appearances, two AISA Final Fours and the 2007 AISA State Championship. An all-county selection as a junior and Most Valuable Player of the region tournament as a senior, the 5-11 forward finished her career with 1,294 points, 645 rebounds and 110 blocked shots. She is currently undecided on a major.
A 5-11 forward from Martin County High School in Palm City, Fla., Sands helped the Tigers to the District Championship as a junior. During her senior season, she averaged 8.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists. She plans to major in biology while at Huntingdon.
An All-Bi-city selection in basketball and cross country as a senior, Thomas joins the Lady Hawks following a prep career at Northside High School in Columbus, Ga. As a senior, the 5-11 forward averaged 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. She is currently undecided on a major.
Wallace, a 5-6 guard, prepped at Central High School in Phenix City, Ala., where she averaged 8.5 points, 5.0 steals and 4.0 rebounds per game as a senior. While at Huntingdon, Wallace plans to major in athletic training.
The lone member of the class from the state of Mississippi, Wesson averaged 5.7 points, 2. 0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game at Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Miss. She was chosen as the Greyhounds’ Scholar Athlete at a junior and plans to major in elementary education at Huntingdon.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As an NCAA Division III institution, Huntingdon College does not award scholarships based on athletic performance.