Seward County Community College women’s basketball coach Toby Wynn has announced the signing of six incoming student-athletes for the 2007-08 school year. The six high school seniors that inked National Junior College Athletic Association letters of intent with the Lady Saints program are LaNell Taylor (Houston, Texas), Raegan Broadie (Ashland, Kan.) Karen Brown (Belleville, Kan.), Amanda Pierson (Belleville, Kan.), Stephani Rhoten (Canyon, Texas) and Bailey Crandall (Deerfield, Kan). Seward County finished the 2006-07 season with a 36-2 overall record and a No. 2 ranking in the final NJCAA Top 25 poll. The Lady Saints won the Jayhawk West Conference, the Region VI Tournament and placed third at the NJCAA National Tournament this past season.

The Lady Saints lose four sophomores from their 2006-07 roster and have started to replace them with the six high standouts that signed with SCCC on signing day.

Coach Wynn and assistant Coach Kim Ortega-Davis have signed four in-state players along with two players from Texas for 2007-08. Wynn feels like this year’s recruiting class is highlighted by the players he and Coach Davis have targeted from day-one.

“Overall, I feel like we got the kids were have tried to get all along,” said Wynn. “Coach Davis worked extremely hard at recruiting all of these kids. She spent a lot of time on the road going to games, making phone calls and sending out mailings.”

LaNell Taylor (Elsik H.S., Houston, Texas) 5-foot-8-inch - Guard
Taylor is an athletic guard who has spent the last four years playing along side some of the top players in Class 5A Texas basketball. Taylor averaged eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game this season. She was a First Team All-District selection and an Academic All-State pick. She helped lead Elsik H.S. to a 29-7 overall record this season and to the Area Round in the State Tournament.

Coach Wynn on Taylor: “She can play multiple positions, she can play off-guard, the point and at the wing. She is very athletic, she also has very good ball skills. Her high school team went 29-7 and she comes from a great high school tradition at Elsik High School.”

Raegan Broadie (Ashland H.S., Ashland, Kan.) 6-foot-0-inch – Forward
Broadie is a highly decorated player who led Ashland High School to the sub-state tournament for the first time in ten years. Broadie was named Second Team All-State by the Topeka Capital Journal and Hutchinson News and was a First Team All-Conference pick. Broadie averaged 17 points per game and scored a career-high 29 points in a game against Bucklin H.S. this past season. The six-foot forward also won the Fowler Black and Gold Tournament 3-Point contest during the 2005-06 season.

Coach Wynn on Broadie: “She can play a number of positions. She played every position for her high school team. She is very athletic, runs the floor very well, she is active, she has long arms, plays hard and has a lot of basketball ahead of her.”

Karen Brown (Republic County H.S., Belleville, Kan.) 5-foot-6-inch – Guard
Brown was a North Central Activities Association Honorable Mention All-Conference pick while being a part of a championship program at Republic County High School. Brown, who is a high school teammate with Amanda Pierson, was a main contributor for her high school team that won a 3A State Championship in 2006 and finished 17-6 in the Sub-State finals during her senior season. Last season, Brown averaged 7.4 points, five rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Brown and Pierson played for current Liberal H.S. coach Shane Stout during their state title championship in 2006.

Coach Wynn on Brown: “Karen is just a tough kid, a winner. She was on a high school team as a junior that went undefeated and won a state championship. As a senior, her team got to the sub-state finals. She is just a tough, hard-nosed kid that plays hard all the time and does all the little things. She is someone that you need on your team.”

Amanda Pierson (Republic County H.S., Belleville, Kan.) 6-foot-3-inch – Post
Pierson was one of the top shot blockers in the NCAA conference averaging 5.2 blocks, along with 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. She was a NCAA First Team All-Conference selection and was an All-Area Honorable Mention pick by the Salina Journal. Pierson was rated as a top high school senior being named a 3A All-State Second Team selection in the Topeka Capital Journal and in the Wichita Eagle.

Coach Wynn on Pierson: “Amanda is a solid 6’3” post that is getting better and better all the time. She has nice size, runs the floor well, has good touch around the basket, and has a good touch from inside 15 feet. She is just a really good post player.”

Stephani Rhoten (Canyon H.S., Canyon, Texas) 5-foot-7-inch – Guard
Rhoten finished her career at Canyon High School as the Class 3A (Texas) State Tournament Most Valuable Player, as she led Canyon H.S. to a State Tournament championship title. Rhoten averaged 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals per game her senior season. She was an all-state pick by two associations including First Team All-State (Texas Girls Coaches Association) and First Team All-State (Texas Association Basketball Coaches). Rhoten was also named First Team All-Region, First team All-District, Region All-Tournament Team and State All-Tournament Team. Rhoten was also named to the Amarillo Globe News Super Team (five players selected) and she was named the Amarillo Globe News Class 3A Player of the Year.

Coach Wynn on Rhoten: “Rhoten comes off a team that won 34 games and won a state championship. She is really skilled, can play the point, off guard, and has a lot of skills. She was the State Tournament Most Valuable Player and she was named All-State Class 3A. She is very athletic and shoots the ball really well.”

Bailey Crandall (Deerfield H.S., Deerfield, Kan.) 5-foot-10-inch – Guard
Crandall was one of the leading scorers in Class 2A (Kansas), averaging 23.5 points per game. She also averaged 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game while being named Santa Fe Trail First Team All-Conference and Garden City Telegram First Team All-Area. Crandall was noticed state wide being named Hutchinson News First Team All-Area, Topeka Capital Journal Third Team Class 2A All-State and Wichita Eagle Honorable Mention Class 2A All-State.

Coach Wynn on Crandall: “Bailey is one of the best offensive players in the area. She really shoots the ball well. She has a nice pull up jump shot and is not afraid to take big shots. She plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor and she provided great leadership for her high school team.”

“Overall I feel like position wise we got a little bit of everything,” said Wynn. “We got a post player, we got some guards and forwards who can score, we got some athleticism and some toughness.”

“We still have a couple more pieces of the puzzle to put together with a couple of out-of-state scholarships left. It is not totally complete but at this point we feel very excited about the girls coming in. All of these girls have come from winning programs and bring with them the right attitude and mind set for us to carry on the tradition that has been established here at Seward County.”