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Georgetown College women's basketball team went searching for an experienced player to add to what will be a very youthful laden bunch. With six seniors graduating and only one junior and no sophomores on the 2015-16 team, it was important to coach Andrea McCloskey to add another player with more college skill.
"This season we were hoping to land a junior transfer to fill that veteran role and we got a very good one in Shakela Smith. I am very thankful that MJ Baker (former coach at Bluefield College) contacted me," McCloskey said. "Baker runs a great program and has really turned Broward County Community College around. Kela brings the length and size that we need after graduating three players 6-foot or taller. I think Kela will have a great two years at Georgetown."
Joining Anna Arrastia to play Georgetown College women's basketball is Franklin County High School teammate Dasia Kilbourne.
The 5-foot-8 guard was part of a lot of success over the past four years. The Lady Flyers were 109-30 with three 41st District titles, two 11th Region championships and a 2016 KHSAA State Tournament runner-up finish.
"Dasia is a strong guard that is very versatile," McCloskey said. "She can do a little bit of everything. She was sidelined much of this past season due to an injury, but this has made her grow as a player, seeing the game from a different angle. Dasia is getting healthy and will be a great addition to our roster next season."
Justus Martin became the fourth new Tiger to sign with the women's basketball team announced coach Andrea McCloskey. The 6-foot forward from Shelby County High School helped the Lady Rockets to an 82-36 mark in four seasons with one 30th District title.
"We are really excited about the signing of Justus," McCloskey said. "Anytime you can bring in a player that has scored more than 1,700 points and 1,200-plus rebounds that is something about which to be excited. Justus has four great years of basketball ahead of her and we are really happy to have her as a part of our program."
Georgetown College women's basketball continues to put the pieces of the incoming freshman class together. Recently the Tigers signed Walton-Verona High School's Hailey Ison.
The 5-foot-8 guard helped the Bearcats to a 75-47 record over four seasons, including 46-22 in the 8th Region.
"Hailey exemplifies the term student-athlete," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "She was a Governor Scholar and KHSAA Academic All-State first team. On the basketball court she totaled over 1,900-plus points. When it comes to Hailey Ison, she is the total package."
Georgetown College athletics inducted its 19th Hall of Fame class Saturday evening at Georgetown College Conference Center. The night of some 250 guests enjoyed a beautiful plated meal, scholarship awards, various honors and inductions.
Alum Keith Griesser served as master of ceremony as GC Director of Athletics Brian Evans handed out the awards, highlighted the athletic successes of 2015-16 and thanked all who have made the Tigers a traditional power.
Joining the hall of fame for their accolades as student-athletes were: Kelly (Canter) Dannenfelser, women's basketball; Lee McClain, football and track; Christina (Rapp) Watkins, softball; David Shee, men's basketball; and Clyde Whitlach, football. Donald Craig Mullins was inducted posthumously for his overwhelming accomplishments as a coach for football, and the 1961 men's basketball team joined as the 15th team. Joe Hinton was inducted as the distinguished alum.