The Shelton State Lady Buccaneers are looking for redemption in the 2015-2016 season. After finishing 28-2 and 1st in the ACCC North during the regular season, the Lady Bucs were upset in the semi-finals of the ACCC tournament on a 3 point bank shot as time expired. That loss kept them from competing for a 4th consecutive tournament championship as well as a zone qualifying bid to the NJCAA national tournament. Seven sophomores off that 29-3 team return to redeem themselves and try to lead a transfer and 5 freshmen back to the ACCC championship game.
Leading scorer and NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game selection Meredith Lovelady (14.4 ppg) returns at the guard spot along with Gabrielle Nicholson (12.4 ppg), and Coco Knight (9.3 ppg). Joining them in the backcourt are Keyuana Thompson (8 ppg; 5 apg) and Nadia Stewart (4.2 ppg; 5 apg), who will run the team at the point guard spot. Forward Kailey Echols (6.2 ppg; 7 rpg) and center Ramia Lloyd (4.1 ppg; 3.1 rpg) round out the returning sophomores and will look to control the post. Transfer center Dayanni Cochran brings size and experience to the team and is expected to contribute quickly.
Four freshmen will look to feed off the sophomores and make an impact. Unfortunately, Taliah Davis (Center Point H.S., Birmingham, AL) will have to wait till 2016-2017 due to an ACL tear the 2nd week of school. Her teammate, Kimberly Parrish (Center Point H.S., Birmingham, AL) and Jessie Ray (Wayne County H.S., Waynesboro, TN) will look to fill in at the guard spot. Tan Walker (Minor H.S., Birmingham, AL) will see action at the forward position, while Madison Pierce (Oak Mountain H.S., Birmingham, AL) comes in at center.
With plenty of experience returning and a small, but good, group of freshmen, the 2015-2016 Lady Bucs basketball team should be fun to watch. They will have to continue to work hard and push each other, as they have a difficult schedule ahead. In addition to the ACCC schedule, the Lady Buccaneers play the top 4 teams from the rugged Panhandle Conference (#1 Chipola, #5 Gulf Coast, #6 Northwest Florida St., and Tallahassee) and the top team in Georgia (#16 South Georgia Tech). However, if this team competes every day in practice and improves against that tough schedule, they may get that shot at redemption the first week of March.
Pictured is Meredith Lovelady