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Antic, Coy, Ramey & Washington Sign with LU
Antic (Skopje, Macedonia), a 6-2 shooting guard, attends high school just one mile from the Vines Center, at Liberty Christian Academy (LCA). Last season, she was a first-team all-state and all-conference honoree for the Bulldogs. Antic helped LCA reach the semifinals of the Virginia Independent Schools (VIS) Division I state tournament, earning all-tournament honors. Antic, who also plays for the Macedonia U-18 national team, averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists per contest as a junior at LCA.
"Jelena is a local favorite who is a very skilled player," noted Green. "She is the daughter of a former professional player and coach, and has a complete game. I'm extremely impressed with the way Jelena sees the floor and understands the game. It's always great to have a local community player who is able to contribute to our team."
Coy (Summerville, S.C.) will add needed size to the Liberty roster, as the center from Northwood Academy stands 6-7. She was an all-region and all-state honoree during her junior campaign, after posting 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots per game. Coy was tabbed MVP of the 2008 regional tournament, after leading Northwood to the tournament title. A 2008 North-South All-Star, Coy also shines in the classroom. She currently ranks second in her class with a 4.53 GPA.
"The first time I watched Carra play, she shot 12-for-12 with 25 points," recalled Green. "I knew then that she was something special. We're excited to have Carra choose Liberty, not only because of her presence as a 6-7 post player, but also because of her outstanding intangibles. She is extremely bright and continues to develop an outstanding basketball IQ. Because of her desire to improve, she will have a very bright future at Liberty."
Ramey (Clarksville, Tenn.) is a 6-2 forward/center from Kenwood High School. Last season, Ramey averaged a double-double, consisting of 12 points, a team-high 11 rebounds and a team-high five blocked shots per outing. Her efforts helped Kenwood qualify for the regional tournament for the first time in program history. Ramey is part of a strong high school team, with teammates signing with Morgan State and Tennessee State.
"You won't find a better, more aggressive athlete," Green remarked of Ramey. "Angie has the ability to make a big play and turn a game around. She will be an exciting player to watch as she develops throughout her career."
Washington (Milwaukee, Wis.), a 5-8 combo guard from The Hope School, will add depth to the Lady Flames' backcourt. She has led The Hope School's girls' basketball team to a 34-11 record over the past two seasons and a pair of appearances in the regional title game. Washington was an honorable mention all-state performer in 2006-07 and earned first-team all-state honors last season, when she posted 18.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game. Washington, who has already eclipsed the 1,000-career point plateau, also lettered in volleyball as a senior.
"LaKendra is a welcome addition to our team," said Green. "She is a very explosive player who will be able to assist at both the point guard and shooting guard positions. A left-handed dribbler, she has the ability to score a lot of points quickly, both on the perimeter and penetrating to the basket. We feel she will be a quick contributor and will have a tremendous career at Liberty."
Antic, Coy, Ramey and Washington will join a Liberty team which has captured 11 Big South Conference titles in the last 12 seasons. The Lady Flames have also made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the "Sweet 16" in 2005.