Thursday, November 10, 2011

        The Tri-County Technical College Women's Basketball team started its second season November 1. Head Coach Alesia Smith (pictured front row, far right) says the 2011-12 season looks to be even more exciting than last year's. The team is here from left (standing) Assistant Coach Ken Jones, Jessica Epps, Jaquilla Lindsey, Tasheka Mosley, Cassandra Heyward, Wenteka Lukie, Alishia Kahan, Sheena Little, and Coach Smith; and (back row) Assistant Coach Tammy White, Shemicka Smith, Tessa Lumpkin, Theodosis Battle, Maranda Ethridge, Logan Davis, Nakia Lowery and Assistant Coach Shonna Peppers.



Lady Hawks Kick Off Second Season


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                11/9/2011

                                    By Women's Basketball Coach Alesia Smith

            PENDLETON --- The Tri-County Technical College Women's Basketball team started its second season November 1 against powerhouse Guilford Technical College from Jamestown, NC.

Although the final score was 63-52 with Guilford Tech winning, it was a well-fought battle that was played close until the final minute of the game.  The Lady Hawks played excellent defense and continually challenged Guildford Tech to the very end.

            Head Coach Alesia Smith is in her second year and has been charged with building a successful basketball program at Tri-County Technical College. The 2011-12 season looks to be even more exciting than last year's.  Her assistant coaches are Tammy White, who played collegiate ball at Southern Wesleyan University, Shonna Peppers, who played for North Greenville College and Ken Jones, who coached for the South Carolina Raptors AAU Basketball Team.

            While the Lady Hawks may be short on experience, Coach Smith's crew has plenty of talent. The Lady Hawks return four players from last year's squad, Alishia Kahan, Shemicka Smith, Jessica Epps, and Tessa Lumpkin.

            Kahan, who is point guard, is from Jacksonville, FL, and is a great asset to the team. "She handles the ball well, has the ability to create scoring opportunities for her teammates and has exceptional range from the 3-point arc and beyond," said Smith. 

            Shemicka Smith, who plays forward and guard, is from Wendall, NC.  Smith is very athletic and can play both the guard and forward position. She can cause match-up problems because of her ability to shoot the outside shot and penetrate off the dribble.  "She has the potential to be a dominant force for our region," said Smith. 

            Lumpkin, who plays forward, is from Knightdale, NC.  She has excellent post moves and can finish strong around the basket. She also has a very good perimeter shot. "Tessa has worked hard on her game this summer and I am expecting great things from her," said Smith.

            Epps, who plays guard and forward, is from Easley.  She is strong around the basket and can create scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates. "She has the potential to be a strong contributor to our program," said Smith.

            One of our players is not new to collegiate sports but is new to Tri-County.  Maranda Ethridge transferred from Livingston College, where she was a member of the Women's Volleyball Team.  She also played basketball for Greenwood High School in Greenwood.  She was a member of the 2009-10 basketball team that finished second in the Upper State Championships.  "Maranda is strong and a player who can dominate the boards. She specializes in boxing out and keeping her opponents out of her area. She is going to get a lot of rebounds for our team," said Smith.  "She is also a great shot blocker.  Look for her to excite a crowd with her powerful blocks," she added.  Maranda will have to sit out for the fall semester due to NJCAA transfer rules, so look for her to start action in January.

            Seven freshmen, who were very competitive at their respective high schools, complete the Lady Hawks roster.

            Tasheka Mosley is from Greenwood and played her career at Greenwood High School.  She can play both the point and shooting guard positions. While at Greenwood High School, Mosley was named All State, Defensive MVP, All Region and All Star Team MVP.  "I was thrilled that she decided to attend Tri-County because she has the potential to be a great player for our team. She can handle the ball well and her ability to penetrate will cause major issues for our opponents, which is great for us," said Smith. 

            Wenteka Lukie is also from Greenwood and played for Greenwood High School.  "Wenteka is a great addition to our team. She is a very exciting player. She is one of our best defensive players and her energy is contagious. She runs the floor well, can get into the paint with little effort, and creates havoc for the opponent," said Smith. 

            Theodosis Battle is from Oglethrope, GA, and played for Macon County High School.  "I am so glad Theo's coach called me to let me know about her.  Theo is tenacious on defense and is not afraid to take her opponent into the paint and finish strong at the rim. She also sees the floor very well.  She will certainly be a strong player for our team," said Smith. 

            Sheena Little is from Anderson and played for T.L. Hanna High School.  She will be playing shooting guard but may also see some time at the point guard position.  "Sheena is a great shooter and can finish well around the basket.  She will definitely provide us with some much needed offense.  I am glad she decided to stay close to home," said Smith. 

            Jaquilla Lindsey is from Raleigh, NC, and she played for East Wake High School.  "Jaquilla is such an explosive player and defends the ball very well.  She is one of our smallest players but don't let the height fool you.   She has the potential to take her opponent into the paint and finish strong at the rim. She can certainly be a strong player for our team," said Smith. 

            Nakia Lowery is from Gaffney, and she played for Gaffney High School.  "Nakia can do a little bit of everything.  She plays forward but also can play guard.  She can shoot the short jumper, penetrate and attack the basket, and most importantly, she rebounds very well.  Nakia has a way of finding the ball and securing our possession.  She has the potential to be a dominant force on the glass," said Smith. 

            Logan Davis rounds out the Lady Hawks freshman members.  Logan is also from Gaffney and played shooting guard for Gaffney High School.  "Logan is a great outside shooter and will play guard for us," said Smith.  She has seen limited action due to an injury but is scheduled to return in December. 

            The Lady Hawks home games will be played at Tysinger Gymnasium at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, with the exception of one game being held Sunday, December 11, 2011.  That game will be played at the Central-Clemson Recreation Center. Tri-County Technical College and the Lady Hawks invite the community to come out and support the team.

            All home games are free and schedules can be found on the website at

            Tri-County Technical College's athletics programs include varsity-level women's basketball, women's and men's soccer, and men's golf. Teams are sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and compete within Region 10 at the Division I level.  

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