10 join Col­lege of South­ern Md. women’s hoops

Hawks hop­ing to fin­ish 2017-18 cam­paign

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

Fol­low­ing a sea­son that started slowly and then ended two months pre­ma­turely due to an in­jury-plagued short­age of play­ers, 10 play­ers have com­mit­ted to the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram for the 2017-18 school year that should pro­vide an im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion to the Hawks’ depth is­sues.

The CSM women fin­ished the 2016-17 sea­son with a 2-8 over­all mark (2-4 in the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence), but af­ter a pair of lop­sided losses with few play­ers avail­able, the Hawks opted to end the sea­son early rather than risk fur­ther in­jury to the re­main­ing play­ers, most of whom were fresh­men seek­ing to play an­other year at the school. With the time away from play­ing and prac­tic­ing, CSM head women’s bas­ket­ball coach Ardell Jack­son had am­ple time to re­cruit.

“Even though we could not fin­ish the [2016-17] sea­son, me and my coaches were busy re­cruit­ing play­ers for the next two sea­sons,” Jack­son said. “We were dis­ap­pointed that we could not fin­ish the sched­ule, but we did not want to risk fur­ther in­jury to any of the re­main­ing play­ers. Not play­ing meant that we had plenty of time to go out to the lo­cal high schools and re­cruit play­ers for this year.”

Jack­son and his coach­ing staff re­mained very busy dur­ing the win­ter and well into the spring. Four of 10 play­ers who com­mit­ted grad­u­ated from South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence schools. Siani Downs (a McDonough High School grad­u­ate) and Kiona Mont­gomery (a Lackey High School grad­u­ate) can both play guard and for­ward, while Katy Rhodes (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate) and Tatyana Jones (a Calvert High School grad­u­ate) will both play guard.

“My ex­pec­ta­tion of each player starts on the aca­demic side,” Jack­son said. “Our num­ber one goal is to fo­cus on aca­demics for each player, while de­vel­op­ing them on the bas­ket­ball court. We are re­ally ex­cited about the play­ers that have cho­sen to at­tend CSM. We wanted to be sure that we have stu­dent-ath­letes who pride them­selves in be­ing suc­cess­ful in the class­room and on the court.”

Jack­son, with help from as­sis­tant coaches Mar­cus LeCounte, the team’s strength and con­di­tion­ing coach, and Kim Barnes, the re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor, were also able to land six other play­ers from just out­side the SMAC area.

Madi­son Jones (Theodore Roo­sevelt) will play for­ward/cen­ter, Amashia Moyd (Watkins Mill) is a for­ward, Deana Monroe (Suit­land) is a guard, Shayla Glover (Wise) will play for­ward, T’ea Green (Cen­tral) is an­other for­ward and Court­ney Her­bert (Oxon Hill), is a guard who spent last year at Greens­boro Col­lege in North Carolina. Glover, Green, Her­bert and Monroe all grad­u­ated from schools in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

“We have signed play­ers that be­lieve in be­ing a team and just want to be suc­cess­ful at the col­le­giate level,” Jack­son said. “We are very ex­cited about the up­com­ing sea­son and we re­ally look for­ward to work­ing with our play­ers.”

CSM is ex­pected to re­turn eight fresh­men from last year’s team, in­clud­ing Talia Santana, Ty­onna Ed­mon­son, Han­nah Heck­er­man, Brit­tany Coles, Ha­ley Oliver, Paris Fer­gu­son, Ta­mara Burns and Erica Sil­ver.

Heck­er­man (Hunt­ing­town), Coles (West­lake), Oliver (North Point) and Fer­gu­son (Great Mills) all grad­u­ated from SMAC schools.

Last win­ter, the Hawks women won only two games, de­feat­ing Howard 81-38 and later edg­ing Al­le­gany, 64-59. But af­ter a pair of lop­sided losses, in­clud­ing a 95-40 thump­ing against Louis­burg Col­lege (N.C.), the Hawks can­celed the re­main­ing eight games on the 201617 sched­ule and shifted their fo­cus to build­ing the ros­ter for the up­com­ing sea­son.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF COL­LEGE OF SOUTH­ERN MARY­LAND

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram re­cently had 10 play­ers com­mit to the pro­gram, much to the de­light of head coach Ardell Jack­son. In the front, from left, are CSM as­sis­tant women’s bas­ket­ball coach Kim Barnes, Deanna Monroe, Court­ney Her­bert, Katy Rhodes (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate) and Tatyana Jones (a Calvert High School grad­u­ate). In the back row are CSM as­sis­tant women’s bas­ket­ball coach Mar­cus LeCounte, Madi­son Jones, T’ea Green, Shayla Glover and CSM head women’s bas­ket­ball coach Ardell Jack­son.

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