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June 21, 2013

Lady Jets ink new recruits

ENID, Okla. — Hennessey’s Shawnta Johnson gives a little bit of northwest Oklahoma flavor to an Northern Oklahoma College Enid women’s basketball recruiting class that includes three All-State and an alternate All-State selection.

The 5-foot-9 Johnson is described by Jets coach Scott Morris as “an incredible athlete with a good wing span.’’

She led the Lady Eagles to a 16-9 record and was an honorable mention selection for the Enid News & Eagle All-Northwest Oklahoma team. She scored 23 points against Waukomis and 22 against Watonga

“She really has a high potential if she comes in and develops like we’re hoping she does,’’ Morris said. “She can be a really good scorer for us.’’

All-Staters signed by the Lady Jets include 5-9 Kori Barrios of Hammon, 5-10 Breck Clark of Dale and 6-1 Hannah Holasek of Lexington.

Barrios has signed a softball letter as well.

She averaged 13.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in leading Hammon to a 26-5 record and the Class B state semifinals. She was 158 of 345 from the field for 45.8 percent, 22 of 72 from 3-point range for 30.6 percent and 68 of 93 from the foul line for 73.1 percent.

Barrios had 51 steals and 102 assists.

“She’s hard-working kid,’’ Morris said. “She’s a good shooter and is good off the dribble.

Clark averaged 19.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in leading the Lady Pirates to a 28-2 record and the Class 2A state semifinals. She was 184 of 366 from the field for 50.3 percent, 11 of 41 from 3-point for 26.8 percent and 189 of 229 from the foul line for 82.5 percent.

Clark had 78 steals and 30 assists.

“She is really a strong athletic small forward,’’ Morris said. “She is what a lot of coaches would say doesn’t have a position. That makes it tough to matchup with her. She can score inside and outside and creates opportunities for herself with her quickness and strength. We’re going to try to use that to our advantage.’’

Holasek averaged 12. 3 points and 7 rebounds in leading Lexington to a 16-9 record. She was 98 of 222 from the field for 44.1 percent and 111 of 165 from the foul line for 67.3 percent. She had 49 steals and 46 assists.

“She is really strong,’’ Morris said. “She’s more of a power forward than a post. She is good on the block and facing the basket.’’

Morris also signed twins in Collinsville point guards Haylie and Shelbie Kirby, both of whom stand 5-3. Shelbie was an alternate all-state selection. They led the Lady Cardinals to a 20-8 record and the state quarterfinals.

“These girls are fun to watch,’’ Morris said. “They get after it. Their motor never stops. They are blue-collar type kids.

“They are really crafty. They can get in and out. They can score in the paint by being crafty and creating separation.’’

Morris doesn’t rule out the twins being on the court at the same time.

“It would be a unique situation to have two girls that little on the court at the same time,’’ Morris said, “but if they put in the work, and it’s our best option ...’’

Morris said he still is looking to recruit another post player or two.

“Normally, you get your post kids late,’’ Morris said. “They are all looking at their options. We want to get some more depth at the post, but we feel good about where we are.’’

The Lady Jets graduated posts Marisha Wallace and McKinsey Schumpert. Shannon Hough, a solid 6-2 post as a freshman, is getting married and won’t return for her sophomore season.

Three potential three-year sophomores — Sherri Lang, Shelby Layn and Tory Dwyer — are moving on as well.

Freshman guard Kati Sullivan, whose season was cut short by an ACL injury last winter, is going through rehab and will return as will Fairview’s Kori Fast, who had shoulder surgery.

Claremore sophomore Paige Eaton is recovering from surgery on her shins and will be back.

Enid’s Rani Melvin and Alva’s Rylie Swanson also are back.

“We’re going to have a full squad,’’ said Morris, whose team was once down to six healthy players last season. “We’re really excited about this group we have coming in. They have a lot of potential. You have to teach them the system and hope they catch on and we can continue to have the success we have had here.’’

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