Panthers add three women’s basketball recruits
Kaylah Keys, DeAnneisha Jackson and Latrice Phelps have signed National Letters of Intent to join the High Point University women’s basketball team, head coach DeUnna Hendrix announced on Friday. They will join three other newcomers and seven returners for next season.
Keys is the all-time scoring leader at the Harding Academy with 2.538 career points. The Southaven, Miss. native, also holds the school records for most career three-pointers and free throws made. Keys led Harding to four district championships, two region championships and a state championship in 2010. As a freshman on the 2010 state championship, Keys was named the MVP and later went on to be named a Miss Basketball finalist for three years and a Best of the Preps finalist for three years. She was also a three-time district player of the year and three-time all-state honoree.
Jackson joins HPU from Angier, where she was a standout at Harnett Central High School. A three-time Greater Neuse 4A All-Conference selection and the conference MVP this year, Jackson averaged 15 during her junior year and 18 during her senior campaign. She also averaged nine rebounds per game as a senior. Along with being voted MVP of her squad, Jackson is a three-time all-district performer and led the Trojans to a district runner-up finish last season. This summer Jackson will play in the North Carolina East-West Game.
The final member of the recruiting class is Phelps, a Virginia Beach, Va., native who played the last two seasons at Louisburg College. Phelps helped Louisburg win the 2013 NJCAA National Championship in March. She averaged 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season, helping the Hurricanes go 32-3. In the National Championship game she posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and was given the CAT Power Player Award.
HPU ADVANCES TO WOMEN’S LACROSSE SEMIS
DAVIDSON -— The High Point University women’s lacrosse team scored the first nine goals en route to a 17-7 route of Longwood in the Big South Tournament semifinals on Friday night at Richardson Stadium.
Junior attacker Mackenzie Carroll scored two goals with three assists in the first half.
HPU will face top-seed Davidson in the Big South title game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.
“We wanted to come out and get momentum in our direction right away and I thought we did that tonight,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “We were focused on winning all the scrappy stats like draw controls and ground balls and we also worked on shot selection over the past few weeks. Overall we were happy with this game and we’re looking forward to facing a good Davidson team on Sunday.”
Senior attacker Grace Gaeng scored the first two goals of the game and added an assist and junior midfielder Sara Kuhlman notched a hat trick. Longwood had three players with two goals each, including Jamie Brentlinger, who also had two assists.
High Point improved to 9-8 overall while Longwood finished its season with a 10-8 record.