Women’s Basketball Signs Jones
HELENA – Carroll College head women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers has announced the signing of the second recruit of the 2015 class, Brooke Jones of Manhattan High School.
Jones, a 6-foot post, was selected to both the All-State (Class B) and Academic All-State teams during her sophomore and junior seasons.
“Brooke is a tremendous athlete that is just flat out tough. There are strong players and there are tough players, and she is both,” Sayers said.
This past season (junior year), Jones averaged 16.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and an incredible 4.7 steals per game en route to being named Ms. Gallatin County Player of the Year.
“Her mom [Mikal] was not only a great player, but is a great coach and being raised in a basketball family is something we love about her. What we really value though, is that she is a great student, who can play inside and out and give us great versatility,” Sayers said.
Jones shot 75-percent from the free-throw line and 41-percent from the floor, she added one block per contest, but her 127 steals was a school record and indicative of the type of defender Sayers is excited to have.
“Brooke is another Montana kid that has the right attitude and will help us win games at Carroll, we’re thrilled to have her,” Sayers added.
A three-sport athlete, Jones also excels in volleyball and track. Jones earned first-team All-Conference as a junior and second-team All-Conference as a sophomore. As a thrower in track, she placed fifth at state in the discus and sixth in the javelin this past season.
Jones joins Hannah Dean of Gardiner High School as the first signings of the 2015 class.
The 2014-15 Carroll College Women’s Basketball Schedule has been released and the Fighting Saints are set to play 28 regular season games (and three exhibitions).
Head coach Rachelle Sayers has numerous tough tests in the preseason for her team with exhibitions vs. both Montana State and the University of Montana as well as a trip to Boise to face the Broncos of Boise State in an exhibition tilt.
“I am very pleased with our schedule this year. As always, we will be challenged throughout the season,” Sayers said.
Last year, Carroll College finished with a 14-14 overall record and placed sixth in the Frontier Conference with a 7-9 conference record.
The Fighting Saints start their season with two home games against Mount Royal University and MSU-Billings.
“We have seven preseason home games with an exciting matchup on Oct. 28 vs. the GNAC Champions, MSU-Billings,” Sayers said.
Carroll hits the road before playing in Helena again and then faces an almost two-month period in which they will only play twice at the Carroll PE Center. During this lengthy road trip, the Saints will travel to Las Vegas in December to play in the Frontier Conference-Las Vegas Shootout.
“We host this tournament every year in Las Vegas before Christmas that will feature three top-10 (No. 3 Vanguard, No. 4 Westminster College, No. 5 Campbellsville, Kentucky) teams and another ranked opponent (No. 22 Hope International).
With a packed pre-season slate of ranked teams and upper-division NCAA opponents, Sayers is unwavering in her commitment to test her team:
“I have always believed that if you want to be the best you have to play the best, so we are going to play the best competition we can to prepare us for our conference season because it won’t get any easier after Christmas.”
The Fighting Saints begin conference play on January 8 on the road against Montana-Western in Dillon, MT. They continue on to play last year’s conference champion and the NAIA No. 4 ranked Westminster just two days later in Salt Lake.
“It won’t get any easier once we get to conference as our conference alone will feature three ranked teams, No. 4 Westminster, No. 17 Lewis-Clark State, and No. 22 MSU-Northern, so we are looking forward to a very competitive and exciting year in the conference,” Sayers said.
The women’s first home conference game is set for January 15 against the University of Great Falls. Carroll concludes the regular season with three home games in row, with the last contest being February 28 against Rocky Mountain College.
Postseason play begins soon afterwards with the Frontier Conference Tournament followed by the NAIA Tournament. Last season Carroll College played one game in the conference tournament, but during the 2012-2013 season the Saints made it to the second round and “Sweet 16” portion of the NAIA Tournament.
“We have had a great summer. Most of our players were here all summer working out and playing together and are ready for the season to begin,” Sayers said.
HELENA – Carroll College head women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers has announced the signing of the first recruit of the 2015 class, Hannah Dean of Gardiner High School (Montana).
Dean, a 6-foot-1 post, has made All-Conference and Academic All-State for three years and as a sophomore and junior she was named First Team All-State. She was a part of the 2014 Class C State All-Tournament Team.
“Hannah has great size, but also can shoot the three consistently and is a very good shot blocker. She is a great student on top of what she accomplishes on the court, and she is another Montana kid that will put on the purple and gold for the Saints in a year,” Sayers said.
Dean, an all-around stat-filler averaged 16.1 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, 5 steals per game, 3.3 blocks per game and shot 38.9 percent from three-point range this past season.
“Hannah is a great first addition to the talented group of freshmen we are bringing in this coming year. I believe her best basketball is ahead of her and we look forward to watching her during her senior year,” Sayers added.
Dean is also a talented volleyball player and has made All-Conference, All-State, and Academic All-State teams for the past three years. Dean’s Gardiner team has won back-to-back state titles with a perfect 62-0 record during that time.
Carroll College women’s basketball coach Rachelle Sayers on Monday announced the signing of Sara Chalich of Coeur d’Alene High School. Chalich, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard, led Coeur d’Alene to a 23-2 record this past season and the team won the 5A Idaho state championship.
Carroll College women’s basketball head coach Rachelle Sayers announced Wednesday that Kacie McKeon is joining the Fighting Saints program after transferring from MSU-Northern.
McKeon, a 5-foot-4 guard originally from Butte, Mont. spent the past two seasons in Havre playing for the Skylights (53 games) and will have two years of eligibility at Carroll.
“We are excited to have Kacie in the program, she has given up a lot to be a Saint and I think that says a lot about her as a student-athlete,” Sayers said.
Last season, McKeon averaged 5.2 points per game and had 14 points in MSU-Northern’s first-round victory versus Columbia in the NAIA National Tournament.
“Kacie is a great scorer, she has very good range and can play both guard spots. Her experience in the Frontier Conference and at the national tournament will be a huge asset for our young team,” Sayers added.
McKeon, who scored in double figures four times last season including a season-high 24 points against Nebraska-Kearney, will join All-Frontier Conference selections Bailey Snelling and Kalee Junkermier in the backcourt for Carroll next season.
“I’m looking forward to furthering my education at a great school as well as having the opportunity to play with great players and learn from coach Sayers and her line of exceptional [assistant] coaches,” McKeon said.
The Fighting Saints were 14-14 last season and 7-9 in conference play.
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