The Shelton State Lady Buccaneers will try to win its 4th consecutive ACCC Championship with little experience returning from the 2013-2014 squad. Four returning players, 1 transfer, and 8 freshmen will have to come together, build chemistry, and improve every day to achieve the goals they have set. With inexperience everywhere, leaders will need to emerge and will be vital to the success of this team.
Forward/center Ciarra Edwards, who played in the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game, will have to be one of the leaders for this team. Center Shelby Weaver, who has worked hard this summer, looks to increase her playing time from a year ago. Both guard/forward Keyonda Mason and guard Ambrica Johnson are coming off ACL injuries. Keyonda is back in the action and doing well while Ambrica is hopeful of returning soon. Jamiyla DeBoise, a transfer from New Mexico Junior College, brings size and athleticism to the forward spot. She needs to be a breakout player this year for this team to succeed.
The freshmen are a talented group, but they will have to grow up quick as they will get plenty of playing time. This group includes two point guards, Nadia Stewart (Hazel Green H.S., Meridianville, AL) and Keyuana Thompson (Carver Montgomery H.S., Montgomery, AL), and one combo guard, Gabrielle Nicholson (Midfield H.S., Midfield, AL). On the wings are guards Tiaerra Johnson (Petal H.S., Petal, MS), Tcheneavia Knight (Baldwin County H.S., Bay Minette, AL), and Meredith Lovelady (Bob Jones H.S., Madison, AL). Rounding out the freshmen are forward Kailey Echols (Ragland H.S., Ragland AL) and center Ramia Lloyd (Hendersonville H.S., Hendersonville, TN).
This version of the Lady Buccaneers can be a good basketball team. However, to do that, the sophomores will need to be leaders, and the freshmen need to get stronger mentally and physically. As the season moves forward and they gain more experience, this team could compete for another championship.