Seward County Lady Saints coaches Toby Wynn and Penny Jones have announced that five new faces will be joining the gals in green for next season. Payton Flemming of Elkhart, La’Quecia Parker and Charmaine Burns of Leavenworth, Kelsey Blair of Satanta, and LaTonya Gooden of Liberal will join eight returning Lady Saints looking to improve on this season’s 21-11 overall record.

-Payton Flemming is a 5’9 wing player from Elkhart that will have high expectations as a freshman next season. During her senior season she averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds per game while being named an Honorable Mention All-State performer. Coach Penny Jones said of Flemming “she is a tough player that can score both on the inside and the outside. She won’t be the tallest player on the court but she is a very good rebounder and will remind some Lady Saints fans of Rachel Barnes.”

-La’Quecia Parker is a 5’5 guard from Leavenworth that led the Sunflower League in assists this season. She averaged 5 points and 6 assists per game as a senior and was an All-Conference player. Coach Penny Jones said of Parker “she sees the court very well and will compete for time at the point guard position right away. She is quick and is a good defender.”

-Charmaine Burns is a 5’8 guard from Leavenworth and was her counties Player of the Year this season. This season she averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds per game to go along with 5 steals per contest. Coach Penny Jones said of Burns “she is a very athletic player that can do a lot of different things on the court. She can shoot, she can drive, and is quick on defense. She will remind you of a Vanessa Simmons that played here in 08-09.”

-Kelsey Blair is a 5’7 guard from Satanta that scored almost 1,200 points during her high school career. During her senior year she led her team to an 18-4 record and averaged 14 points and 4 steals per game. Coach Penny Jones said of Blair “she is a scorer. She can shoot the ball very well and has good court awareness. She averaged more than 10 points per game every year of her high school career, she knows how to put the ball in the basket.”

-LaTonya Gooden is a 5’10 forward from Liberal that will join the Lady Saints after taking a year off from basketball. Coach Penny Jones said of Gooden “she is athletic, plays very hard, and works hard as well. It is always nice to be able to have players from Liberal and the surrounding communities on our team.”