August 20, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College women’s basketball coaches Marty Hawkins and Amanda Shelby welcomed three new players into the fold this week with the announced signings of Kalai Trice of Murray, Ky., Maddie Rigdon of Arlington, Texas; and Jahkia Holt of Miami, Fla.

Trice is a 5-foot-8 guard, who missed all of her senior season due to a knee injury.

“Playing college basketball has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Trice said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to come to Logan and play after all I went through last year with the injury. It’s been a long ride.”

Trice, who averaged 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds a game her junior season, said her strength is shooting the ball from the perimeter

“I feel I can play pretty much anywhere on the floor, but shooting the ball is probably what I do best,” she said.

“Kalai’s someone we have had an eye on for some time now,” Hawkins said. “A lot of schools backed off of her after she injured her knee, but we feel she can help us out once she is fully recovered. We will need her to work hard these next two months to get in the best physical shape she can.”

Rigdon, who averaged double figures in points as a junior, is a 5-foot-10 shooting forward, who can play both on the perimeter and in the paint.
“I’m excited to be back on the floor playing again,” she said. “I broke my leg as a freshman and then tore the meniscus in my knee my senior year. Fortunately, I was able to make it back to the team before the end of the year and get in a few games.

“And now, I’ve had an additional five months or so to recover with another two months before the start of the season,” Rigdon said. “I’m moving much better every day.”

Rigdon said she is as comfortable posting up for the ball as she is draining 3-pointers from the top of the key.

“Whatever I can do to help the team,” she said. “Our main focus now is getting to know one another.”

Hawkins said Rigdon is a similar case to Trice in that she, too, is recovering from a knee injury.

“Maddie’s a little further along in the rehab process, though. We like the way she shoots the ball and the fact that she doesn’t mind mixing it up inside.”

Holt is a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, who averaged six points and eight rebounds a game as a senior. She comes to Logan highly recommended by former Vol, Shakera Bennett (JALC Class of 2012), who attended the same high school (Jackson) as Holt in Miami.

“Shakera thought that Jahkia would be a good fit for us,” Hawkins said. “We feel fortunate to land a player of her ability right as school was starting.”

Hawkins said his 12-player roster consists of nine freshmen and three sophomores (Sarah Bailey, Alison Webb and Rebecca Grimeau).

“It’s a young, inexperienced team, but I like our potential,” Hawkins said. “We’ll see how the girls respond in the transition to college basketball and college life in general.”