The Liberty women's basketball team has signed (L-R) Brooke Alexander, Stephanie Patton, Keturah "KK" Barbour and Molly Reagan.
As the 2014-15 season tips off, the Liberty women's basketball team has bolstered its roster for the future. Head Coach Carey Green announced that Brooke Alexander, Keturah "KK" Barbour, Stephanie Patton and Molly Reagan have signed letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2015-16 academic year.
The new signees include a pair of post players (Barbour and Reagan) and two wings (Alexander and Patton) who hail from four different states, including Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
"The impending departure of four quality senior players from this year's team has made it critical that the next incoming players be high-caliber student-athletes," remarked Green. "We are excited that four high-character student-athletes have decided to join our program. Each of them exhibits a relentless work ethic along with speed, power and an incredible scoring punch."
Brooke Alexander (G/F, 6-0, Frisco, Texas) Alexander has helped the girls' basketball program at Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy make history during her first two seasons on the team. The Lady Lions reached their first-ever TAPPS 5A (Texas' largest private school division) state final four in 2013 before capturing their inaugural TAPPS 5A state championship last season.
During the Lady Lions' state championship season, Alexander averaged 13.5 ppg, while leading the team in assists, steals and three-pointers made. The team captain was named first team all-district, first team all-state, academic all-state and made the all-tournament team at the state tournament. She was also a finalist for the Texas Female Christian Athlete of the Year award.
As a sophomore, Alexander ranked second on the Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy team in scoring at 14 ppg. She topped the Lady Lions in steals and three-point shooting while earning second team all-district honors.
Alexander was the starting point guard at Liberty Christian High School as a freshman, garnering honorable mention all-district recognition.
Alexander, who also considered Texas A&M, Arizona, Rice, Southern Miss and Texas-Arlington, stated, "Liberty University has been to the NCAA Tournament 15 of the past 18 years, including making it to the Sweet 16 in 2005. I'm also looking to major in business and, more importantly, minor in missions. It's my dream to help others and spread God's word through mission trips abroad. I feel Liberty is the best choice to help me reach all of my goals both on and off the court."
What They're Saying about Brooke Alexander "It's exceptionally rare to have leadership skills, quality basketball skills, a high basketball IQ and a competitive spirit that is driven by the purpose of honoring God. Brooke brings this total package to our team. She is a member of a highly successful and well-coached high school program. She brings size to rebound from the guard position and a great scoring punch along with an acute ability to pass. We are excited to have her as a part of the Liberty family and expect Brooke to have a definite impact." Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach
"I'm very excited for Brooke as a player and it's an awesome winning program that Liberty offers. I can't wait for her to continue to develop her faith at such an incredible Christian school. She will do great things on the court and off. I'm so excited for her." Sherry Ollison, Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach
Keturah "KK" Barbour (F, 6-0, Charlottesville, Va.) The most local of the Lady Flames' four signees, Barbour enters her senior season at Albemarle High School having already tallied 1,121 career points. That leaves her just 37 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in school history.
Barbour scored her 1,000th point against rival Western Albemarle as a junior, an achievement she lists as her most memorable basketball moment to date. That achievement came during a stellar 2013-14 season which saw Barbour average a double-double (19.1 ppg, 10.2 rpg). She helped the 18-8 Patriots capture the Conference 16 title with a huge performance (35 points, 21 rebounds) in a triple overtime victory over Patrick Henry.
At season's end, Barbour was tabbed first team All-Jefferson District, first team All-Conference 16, first team All-Region 5A and second team all-state. She was also the Co All-Scrimmage Play Player of the Year.
Barbour earned first team All-Commonwealth District laurels as a sophomore, after making the second team during her freshman season.
Barbour, who chose Liberty over VCU, Buffalo and Lafayette, explained, "I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to play for an amazing basketball program and be surrounded by so many great people. I'm excited to grow as a person academically, athletically and spiritually. I'm looking forward to the next four years at Liberty University, developing new friendships and gaining a new family."
What They're Saying about Keturah "KK" Barbour "I could not be more pleased to have such a quality person and quality player from the local pool of talent to impact our future. It's great to keep the talent at home. We just fell in love with KK's personality and game from the very beginning. KK is very talented and will continue to develop because of her focus and desire to develop and excel. She brings power along with a knockout scoring punch. I am excited because, watch out, she doesn't know how good she could be!" Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach
"KK is a leader by nature who demands excellence through her diligent hard work, commitment to doing what it takes to become a better person/player and striving to accomplish her goals with actions of perseverance. She always leaves practice, no matter the intensity, failures or accomplishments, with extending a handshake or a hug to her coaches. This is one example of how much she appreciates being pushed beyond her limits. She believes in those who share her same vision in creating an atmosphere of opportunities. She is a selfless teammate who is always willing to sacrifice her own stats for the sake of the team." Rachel Proudfoot, Albemarle High School Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach
"I have had the pleasure coaching Keturah Barbour (KK) for the past five years. I've never had a player's game grow as much as hers has in my 20+ years of coaching. She has always wanted to get better and has never had a problem getting in the gym to work on her game. She started as a post player and has developed into a basketball player. She rebounds, runs the floor, can shoot the three and will block shots. She can be a matchup nightmare. Liberty University is very blessed to receive her, and I look forward to her progressing even more on the collegiate level." Taber Martin, AAU Coach for the Charlottesville Lady Crusaders and Blue Star United VA
Stephanie Patton (G, 5-9, Hayesville, N.C.) Patton has been a part of successful teams during her first three seasons of high school basketball, helping her squads go 77-16 and make a pair of state final four appearances. Individually, she has totaled 1,349 points and has connected on 193 triples.
Patton was among the leaders in the state of Georgia in scoring average, three-pointers made and steals before transferring from Towns County High School to Hayesville High School in North Carolina midway through her junior season. She helped Hayesville win the Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament and reach the North Carolina 1A final four, finishing with a 28-4 record.
As a sophomore, Patton led Towns County to a 26-5 mark and a berth in the Georgia Class A state semifinals. She was a first team all-state honoree and the Blitz Player of the Year after scoring a Towns County sophomore class-record 605 points and draining 84 triples.
Patton set Towns County's freshman class scoring record (326 points) and earned honorable mention all-state recognition during a 23-7 season which saw her team reach the Class A final 16.
Also talented on the links, Patton was the Georgia Class A state golf runner-up and a first team all-state selection for Towns County in 2013.
Patton chose Liberty over Belmont, Western Carolina, Lipscomb and Mercer. She stated, "I have known for quite some time that Liberty was where God wanted me to be. I am excited to be in His will and look forward to this next chapter in my life. I cannot wait to play for this incredible coaching staff and play with this awesome group of ladies."
What They're Saying about Stephanie Patton "Stephanie has been on our radar for a couple of years and is a perfect Liberty fit. She brings a competitive spirit and a high basketball IQ in all phases of the game. Stephanie is known for her scoring but also brings an often overlooked determined defensive intensity with exceptional length to disrupt and contain her opponent. Also, she is an assassin or sniper from long three-point range, which will help open up the inside game for a balanced offense. It's exciting to add Stephanie's exceptional character, leadership and skills to our program." Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach
"Stephanie is a joy to coach. She is a very skilled player and a great shooter. Her commitment and drive is incredible. Above all, she is a great person who is strong in her faith. She will do great things at Liberty." Chad McClure, Hayesville High School Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach
Molly Reagan (F/C, 6-2, Braintree, Mass.) Reagan is coming off of a memorable junior season which saw her Braintree High School squad go 24-1 and cut down the nets as the Massachusetts Division 1 state champions. During her first three seasons, she has helped the Wamps post a 70-7 record with three straight Bay State Conference titles and three consecutive South Sectional championships.
As a junior, Reagan notched 10.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.0 bpg, claiming a spot on the ESPN Boston All-State team. She was also a first team All-Bay State Conference selection for the third year in a row while earning her second straight Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic award.
Reagan was voted MVP of the 2013 Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., during a sophomore season which saw her average 11.0 ppg.
Reagan tallied 10.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg as a freshman and made the all-tournament team at the Abigail Adams Classic.
Reagan, who selected Liberty over Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Boston College and Fairfield, noted, "I am happy beyond belief to be able to go to Liberty. I know that the school is wonderful, the basketball is amazing and the people are so welcoming. I know I will feel at home."
What They're Saying about Molly Reagan "We are certainly excited that Molly chose to become a member of our winning tradition. She currently plays at a very well-coached and successful defending state championship program. Molly's game combines power and agility. She has the ability to slash to the basket with finishing power as well as knock down the three-pointer. She is exceptional in many areas. However, her greatest asset is the ability to quickly apply knowledge to basketball skills and strategies." Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach
"It has been an absolute privilege to coach a student-athlete like Molly, a high-caliber player and a high character person. Molly has been an extremely versatile player for us. She can take her defender off the dribble, knock down the three, and post up strong down low. And the scary part is that she still has tremendous upside. As our captain and leader, Molly possesses every intangible quality that a team wants in a player. She is a very special young woman." Kristen McDonnell, Braintree High School Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach
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