May 15, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College women’s basketball coach Marty Hawkins got a start on his off-season recruiting recently with the announced signings of two Kentucky products, Hailey Lampley (Livingston, Ky.) and Abbi Denton (Ballard County, Ky.).

Lampley was a post player at Livingston.

“Hailey is 6-foot-1 and should fit in nicely inside the paint for us at either forward or center,” Hawkins said. “She was a good shot blocker and could score. She’s also a former teammate of our graduated sophomore guard, Aneta Sloma. She comes highly recommended from her coach, Jim Larson.”

Lampley said Sloma initially got her interested in Logan.

“And then when I visited the campus earlier this year, I felt very comfortable with the school. I think it will be a good fit for me,” she said.

Lampley said she is looking forward to competing at the next level.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” she said. “I view it as a great opportunity. I’m not the biggest post player around by any means, but I think I’m pretty quick on my feet, which gives me an advantage at times.”

Denton is a 5-foot-6 shooting guard from Ballard County.

“Abbi scored a ton of points in high school,” Hawkins said. “She is an aggressive, athletic player. She also should fit in quite well. Both of these players bring a lot of energy to the floor and are outstanding students. We’re proud to have them.”

Denton said she welcomes the challenge that college basketball presents.

“I’ve always wanted to play at the next level and now I will get my chance,” she said. “Coming from a small school (Kevil, Ky.), I think Logan is a good match for me and will make for an easier transition.”

Denton described her play as unselfish.

“I’m happier passing the ball to someone who can score rather than taking the shot myself,” she said. “But I can score if needed. I can play either the point or shooting guard positions. This past season, I played the point because that’s where my team needed me the most.”