Two more Seward County Lady Saints have signed to play at 4 year colleges. Rachel Barnes and Vaneza Junior have made their choices and they are headed to different shorelines. Barnes will go to Providence College, a team that competes in the Big East while Junior is headed to join current teammate Nadia Rosario at Valdosta State in Georgia.
Barnes had one of the finest careers in Lady Saints history in the past two seasons at Seward County. A 1st Team All-Conference and All-Region pick as a freshman turned into a 1st Team All-American and Jayhawk West and Region VI Player of the Year during her sophomore season. Barnes averaged over 21 points per game this year, under 1 point per contest under the national leader. She also did an unbelievable job on the glass for Head Coach Toby Wynn, pulling down a team best 8.4 rebounds per game including over 4 per game on the offensive side. Barnes 90 steals led the team and her 96 assists were second while her 78% from the free throw line and 50% from the field also paced the squad. She will head back closer to home to join a Providence Friars team has one of the top 30 recruiting classes coming to campus in the fall of 2010 and a team that finished in the middle of the pack in the Big East this season and earned a trip to the NIT Tournament in which they made it to the quarterfinal round.
Junior will head to Division II power Valdosta State where she will join a Blazers team that has participated in a regional four straight seasons. She will head to Georgia after a very good two year career at Seward County where she earned Honorable Mention All-Conference and Region VI All-Tournament Team honors as a sophomore. Junior put up 10 points and 3 assists per game as a sophomore in 2009-10 and tied Barnes for the team lead with 90 steals on the year. Junior leaves the Lady Saints in 6th place all-time in steals with 163 and was noted by Head Coach Toby Wynn to be the teams “lock down” defender this season, being asked to guard the opposing teams best player the majority of the year.