Coming off a season where his Bluejays finished 18-14 overall, won their third consecutive KCAC Tournament title and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament for the fifth consecutive season, Head Coach Shawn Reed has signed 16 athletes to join his 2018-19 women’s basketball squad.
“We’re thrilled about our recruiting class,” Reed said. “This is a very talented and skilled class, but we are equally enthusiastic about the quality of students and character that will be joining our program.”
Reed said several of his recruits have contributed to championship programs at the high school level.
“We feel that experience will pay large dividends for our team and provide much needed depth to our program, he said.
Reed’s 16 recruits include 12 freshmen and four college transfers.
Three of Reed’s new high school recruits played in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game following the 2017-18 season.
“We have also signed multiple players that have won state championships or advanced to the state tournament,” he said.
◼ Jessa Yaussi is a 5-foot, 8-inch starting guard who led Frankfort High School to a 19-5 season and a berth in the Class 1A state tournament.
“Jessa was the first player to sign in this recruiting class and she is a tremendous fit for Tabor,” Reed said. “Jessa has the ability to play both point guard and off-guard positions.”
Yaussi was a first-team, all-league selection and was named MVP of the Gold Team at this year’s Northeast Kansas All-Star Game.
◼ Brittney Mitchell, a 5-9 forward from Minco (Okla.) High School, helped guide her team to an 18-9 record and an Oklahoma Class A district championship. She was an all-conference selection her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
“Brittney is a very athletic and strong player,” Reed said. “She is an excellent rebounder and strong athlete who can use that athleticism at both ends of the court.”
◼ Ashtyn Wiebe, a 5-8 guard from Berean Academy in Elbing, led her team to a 17-5 season record and an appearance in the sub-state championship game. Wiebe averaged 11 points, 5.8 rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior.
“Ashtyn is a strong guard that can score off the dribble or from the perimeter,” Reed said. “She has the skill and athletic ability to create for herself and others with the ball in her hands. She is also a college-ready defender.”
◼ Lilly Schamberger, a 5-9 guard from Hoxie, led her team to an overall record of 20-2 and a Class 2A Sub-State Championship game.
Her senior season, Schamberger averaged 10.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, three steals and 2.6 assists. She was a first-team all-league selection and was chosen for the Central Kansas All-Star Game.
“Lilly is an athletic guard and a terrific addition to our team,” Reed said. “She is a competitive, long and talented player. Lilly brings strong shooting skills, defensive abilities and experience in a winning program.”
◼ Hanna Bracelin, a 5-10 forward from St. Francis High School, helped her team to a 14-7 record as a senior.
Bracelin was a two-time first-team selection for the Northwest Kansas League all-league team.
“Hanna is a strong basketball player,” Reed said. “She brings both strong interior skills coupled with perimeter abilities to our program.”
◼ Abby Sechrist, a 5-11 forward form Hillsboro, helped her team to an 8-12 season record. As a senior, she averaged 6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
She was named an honorable mention performer in the Central Kansas League for three consecutive seasons, and was named a Central Kansas All-Star.
“Abby is talented and hard-working player. She brings excellent work ethic and passion to our team,” Reed said.
◼ Laney Swink, a 5-5 guard from Fort Gibson, Okla., helped her team become Class 4A state champions her senior year with a 27-3 record.
“Fort Gibson is one of the most recognized and successful high school girls basketball programs in the state of Oklahoma,” Reed said, referring to the school’s 14 consecutive appearances in the 4A state tournament.
During her senior year, Swink averaged 5.1 points, 2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.
“I am convinced she is an underrated talent that will compete to make an impact in our program,” Reed said.
◼ Kylie Crist, a 5-5 guard from Quinter, helped guide her team to a state championship in Class 1A-Div. II with a 21-5 record.
In her senior season, Crist averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
“Kylie is a competitive, tough and talented player,” Reed said. “She brings strong guard skills and championship experience to our program.”
◼ Tara Nelson, 5-9 forward from St. John, helped her team reach the Class 1A-Div. I state tournament and an overall record of 17-7.
“Tara is very skilled with the ball and can score in a variety of ways,” Reed said. “She is a strong rebounder and can defend both on the block and the drive. She will be able to score on the perimeter and in the paint, and we love her competitive nature.
◼ Julissa Garcia, a 6-foot forward from Ponca City, Okla., helped her team to a 17-5 season record and a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament.
During her final season, Garcia averaged 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds with a 51 percent shooting percentage from the floor.
“Julissa is a very talented and competitive forward who has the ability to score both inside and outside. She brings excellent experience and skill to our team, and I believe she is an underrated recruit.”
◼ Piper Johnson, a 5-6 guard from Carbondale, contributed to Santa Fe Trail High School’s 12-9 record this season. As a senior point guard, Johnson averaged 11 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
“Piper has been involved in volleyball, basketball and softball during her career at Santa Fe Trail, and found success in all of these sports. I think her best basketball is ahead of her as she has the ability to focus on one sport.”
◼ Abigail Hannon, a 5-2 guard from Goessel, helped her team to a 16-5 season.
“Abby played in a very successful program at Goessel and has improved tremendously during her high school career,” Reed said.
◼ Terran Hoyt, a 5-6 guard from Eureka, is a transfer from University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers finished with a 21-7 season record and advanced to the MIAA tournament.
Hoyt appeared in eight games for UNK this season, averaging 4.9 points while shooting 53 percent from behind the 3-point line.
During her senior year at Hoxie, Hoyt averaged 15.5 points, 6.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Hoxie won three state titles during her high school career.
“Terran is a skilled guard who can really shoot the basketball,” Reed said “Obviously, she has two great years of experience under her belt in the MIAA. We are confident that experience will benefit both Terran and our team moving forward.”
◼ Kyli Webber, a 5-11 forward from Valley Center, will rejoin the Bluejays after spending a year at Wichita State University. Webber played 33 games as a Tabor freshman during the 2016-17 season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 rebounds and 46 percent shooting from the floor.
“We are thrilled to have Kyli rejoin our program,” Reed said. “She has the ability to score both inside and from the perimeter, and she had a tremendous freshman season for us two years ago.”
◼ Deziray Turner, a 5-9 guard/forward from San Antonio, Texas, is a transfer from Tarleton State University.
Turner will transfer to Tabor after spending one year at Tarleton State. She appeared in 10 games for the TexAns during the 2017-18 season, which ended with a 20-12 record after qualifying for the NCAA Div-II national tournament.
As a high school player, she was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2017. During her senior season at James Bowie High School in Austin, she averaged 9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
◼ Amy Scott, 5-6 guard from Hugoton, is transferring to Tabor after one season at Seward County Community College.
Over 34 games, she averaged 6.1 points and 1.8 assists with a shooting percentage of 38 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Her senior year at Hugoton High School, Scott averaged 12.4 points, 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
“Amy is a very skilled and athletic guard that can really shoot the basketball,” Reed said. “She gained some valuable experience on a very good tean at Seward County last year, and we expect that experience to serve her well as she transitions to Tabor.”