Wallace women sign new class

Published 8:49 pm Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wallace Community College signees Lacresha Rainer, Ashley Wilkins, Kristy Lipscomb and Breanna Smith sign their letters of intent to play basketball for the Lady Patriots. -- Rick Couch

The Wallace Community College women’s basketball squad got a shot in the arm Friday with four new signees.

The team, head coach April Harper said, will benefit greatly from the new additions.

When the Lady Patriots hit the court in November, they will have added depth with post player Lacresha Rainer, guard Ashley Wilkins, guard Kristy Lipscomb and center and power forward Breanna Smith.

Harper said she didn’t have to look far to fill the team’s needs.

“We were able to recruit locally from Uniontown and Selma High School, which is something we always try to do,” she said. “We’re excited about that. I always try to find players from the area to give them an opportunity.”

The guards, Harper said, can really run the floor and Smith should be a great addition at power forward and center because of her big game experience.

“Breanna has been playing since eighth grade,” she said. “We know that she is very well-coached.”

Rainer, who will graduate from Greensboro High School in May, will also help with the inside game.

One of the things that impressed Harper the most about the class is their support system.

“They are all well-coached and they have a lot of people behind them,” she said. “You could tell that by all the people who were here today. The parents, families, coaches and friends are really supportive and we’re excited about that.”

“It’s truly incredible. We expect to see the bleachers packed for our home games.”