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Newcomers highlight WBC Lady Eagles basketball squad

From Williams Baptist College

There will be a large number of new players wearing the blue and white for Williams Baptist College when the Lady Eagles open their season against Ecclesia College on Saturday, November 3.  The large homecoming crowd will see 12 new players mixing in with six returners from a season ago.

Despite having to replace four starters and the team's sixth man, Head Coach Carol Halford believes Williams has a chance to finish in the top tier of the American Midwest Conference. 

"We believe our tough non-conference games will hopefully prepare us for AMC play.  We must gel as a team so we can maximize our potential," said Halford.

"Assistant Coach John Mayberry can be credited with working hard to bring in this talented bunch of newcomers," said Halford.

Despite the plethora of newcomers, the Lady Eagles will be relying on their returners for leadership and experience.  "I am expecting Kimberly Wise and Cheyenne Childers to step into the role left by our large graduating class of last year," said Halford.

Wise is the top scoring returner, averaging 9.67 points per game last season.  Childers averaged .96 steals a contest and was one of the most consistent defensive performers from a year ago.

The team finished third in the AMC in the 2011-2012 season with a record of 17-10 overall and 9-5 in conference. 

Halford is entering her 29th season on the sidelines for the Lady Eagles and has a career record of 441-   355. 

The team will open its season at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 for Homecoming/Parents Day.  The game will be played in WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center. 

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