After a successful season that ended at the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament in Salina, Kan., the Crowder Lady 'Riders have already been hard at work trying to replace a number of departing sophomores and ensure another successful run in 2014.
Therefore, with signing season in full swing, coach Tina Robbins has been racking up miles as she signed two more players this week.
The first player is Courtney Jones, a 5'6 guard from Sequoyah High School in Talequah, Okla. A shooter with deep range, Robbins said Jones can be a versatile weapon for the Lady 'Riders in the near future.
"Courtney is a shooter," Robbins said. "She can play the point guard spot if she has to, but I see her as a 2-3 guard for us. She passes it well, is a good defender and is a kid that plays hard."
Jones helped lead her Lady Indians to a 20-9 record this past season where they made it to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Jones averaged 12 points, two rebounds, two steals and 3.2 assists per game this season as she earned honors such as: Tri-State Classic MVP, Middle East All-Region, Muskogee Shriner's All-Tournament Team, All-Vype Team, Muskogee Phoenix Team, Oklahoma top-100 player, Wendy's High School Heisman.
Robbins also locked up Kealsie Frazier, a 5'9 guard from Mulberry-Pleasant View High School in Mulberry, Ark., this week. Another versatile player who should fit well into Crowder's scheme, Frazier helped lead her Lady Yellow Jackets to a 36-6 record, a region championship and a district runner-up finish.
In her senior year Frazier averaged 10 points per game, five rebounds and two steals.
"Kealsie is a kid that's really versatile," Robbins said. "She played a little post on her high school team, but she could probably even play the point guard spot if she had to. She's very athletic, runs the floor, and can jump and shoot it well.
"Obviously we've got a lot of people graduating, so we have a lot of spots to fill. We're excited about these two. Their skills and their style of play fits well into our program. They come from successful programs, so they know what it takes to win and be successful."
Robbins said she expects more signings to come within the next week.