Bluefield, WV- The Bluefield State College women's basketball program and new coach Ryan Bailey are pleased to announce the addition of six new student-athletes for the fall of 2017. "I am very excited about the quality of student-athletes we have been able to bring to BSC. I think that with the group of returners and early signees we already have, adding these six young ladies has the program heading in the right direction", Bailey said.
These six young ladies, Lyric Hampton (Cleveland, OH), Kaitlyn Dobbs (Jolo, WV), Alexandria 'Paige' Cooper (Paynesville, WV), Casey Wilkerson (Leonardtown, MD), Adeline Jachim (Burlington, WI), and Brianna Shrewsbury (Camp Creek, WV), will join Sydney Coleman (Radcliff, KY) and Isabella Limon (Matthews, NC) as members of the 2017-2018 Signing Class.
Lyric Hampton comes to Bluefield State after being a 4-year starter at the Horizon Science Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. During her time at Horizon, Lyric helped lead her team to 4 straight Lake Effect Conference Championships, while earning First Team All-Conference all 4 years and being named the league's MVP the past 3 seasons.
The 5'3" guard, who averaged 17.9 points/per game while at Horizon, is also the school's record holder for most career points with 1,643. She is also an Honor Roll student, member of the National Honor Society, and a Senior IROTC Cadet.
Kaitlyn "Katie" Dobbs is no stranger to Bluefield State. Katie's older sister Chelsea, played both volleyball and softball at BSC. Attending River View High School here in West Virginia, Katie is a 4 -time All-State Honoree and was named 1st Team All-Conference (Coalfield Conference) all 4 years of High School. She was also named the Coalfield Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Katie, who has already had her number retired at River View, totaled 1,355 career points. The 5'10" power forward also amassed an astounding 1,252 rebounds in her high school career. Her accomplishments also carry over to the classroom where she is a West Virginia Promise Scholarship recipient, Senate Page, and member of three different National Honors Societies.
Alexandria 'Paige' Cooper
Also joining BSC's team from River View High School is Paige Cooper. The local product from Paynesville, WV, Cooper was selected First Team member for the Coalfield Conference while also being named to the All-State Honorable Mention team this past season.
Standing at 5'4" tall, Paige is known as a pesky defender and is River View High School's all-time leader in career steals. During her high school career, Paige averaged 7.6 points/game, 2.5 assists/game, and 2.8 steals/game. She is an outstanding student having being named the Highest Honor Student in her graduating class, a West Virginia Promise Scholarship recipient, and a member of multiple National Honors Societies.
Casey Wilkerson, from Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland, is a 5'5" guard who is ready to start her journey and make her mark at Bluefield State. Playing AAU ball for the Pax River Silver Stars, Casey averaged a double-double in her high school career with 12 points/game and 10 assists/game.
Casey was named her team's Most Outstanding Player, honored with the Coaches Award, named Honorable Mention SMAC conference and is an Honors Student at Leonardtown High School.
Adeline will be joining the BSC women's basketball program all the way from Burlington High School in Burlington, Wisconsin. Adeline is a 3-sport athlete who earned 11 varsity season awards in her high school career.
The 5'9" guard/forward, was voted the best defensive player on her team and her team was voted the best defensive team in the conference. Battling back from an injury in her sophomore year, Adeline averaged 5.9/points and 4.0/rebounds per game at Burlington.
Having played high school ball just up the road at Pikeview High School with 2 current members of the Big Blues women's basketball program, Brianna Shrewsbury is very familiar with Bluefield State. Outside of her high school playing, Shrewsbury played AAU ball for the Tri-City Rams and the Bluefield Pride.
Shrewsbury, a 5'6" guard, was named Coalfield Conference Honorable Mention this past season and averaged 3.8 rebounds/game, 2.5 steals/game, and 1.8 points/game during her high school varsity career. She was also a member of the Academic Excellence and Presidents Education Awards Program at Pikeview High School.