From Williams Baptist College
The fall season is marked by cooler weather and the start of basketball season at Williams Baptist College. The Williams women will lean on a mixture of experience from its five seniors as well as several returners this year in making a run at the American Midwest Conference title.
Head Coach Carol Halford enters her 30th season as head coach for WBC. Halford's career is marked with 458 wins, and she holds the record for most wins at Williams Baptist College.
"Having a veteran team brings confidence and excitement to the beginning of the season," stated Halford. "Four returning starters are a plus and we are working with a new point guard, Christy Steele, who is coming along nicely. A large part of our scoring and rebounding comes back from last season."
Seniors Sharonda Brabson, Cheyenne Childers, Shayna Garrett, Whitney Mills and Kimberly Wise highlight a roster that finished with a record of 17-15 last season and a fourth place finish in conference. The 2012-2013 season was the fourth consecutive year for the Lady Eagles to finish with a winning record. The squad hosted and won an AMC playoff game against Hannibal-LaGrange and ended its season with a loss in the semi-finals of the AMC Tournament at Columbia.
Childers was honored as an Honorable Mention All-American last season, as well as picking up first team all-conference honors with a team high 11.94 points per game. Sophomore center Michaela Thompson was voted the Co-Freshman of the year in the AMC. Brabson led the conference averaging 1.16 blocks per game.
The home opener for the Lady Eagles is scheduled for November 5th against Crowley's Ridge College. The start time has been slated for 6 p.m., in WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center.