Ladyjacks Ink Three
Nov. 8, 2006
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team signed Antoinette Davis (Missouri City, Texas), Jordan Ford (Carrollton, Texas) and Decreasha Goodner (Austin, Texas) to National Letters of Intent announced head coach Lee Ann Riley Wednesday afternoon.
"This is an outstanding signing class, not only for what they each bring to the court, but for the quality of people they are in the classroom," said Riley. "Coach Braxton, Coach Went and Coach O'Neal need to be commended for their hard work in recruiting all three of these players."
"We are excited about all three of these student-athletes joining our Ladyjack family. Each of them have the ability to impact our team and continue our commitment to winning championships," added Riley.
A 6-foot post player from Missouri City, Davis brings much needed size to the SFA low post, which will be graduating three players at the end of the season. Davis has a real knack for getting to the basketball averaging 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game in high school. Davis has made a career out of getting involved in every aspect of the game averaging 6.7 points, 3.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
"Antoinette is a tough, physical player who can rebound the ball," said Riley. She impacts the game on both ends of the court. She may be a little undersized for a post, but she always finds a way to score, rebound and defend taller players. Antoinette plays the game with such passion and energy. Our program will really benefit because of her abilities on the court."
"I'm very excited about Toni going to SFA," said Bellaire High head coach Robert Amboree. "She is a very good player with excellent post skills. She is a very strong player that has a lot of aggressiveness. Her defense is good and she has a natural ability for getting to the ball and rebounding. I think her biggest and best asset is her leadership qualities. Not only is she a leader on the court, but off it as well."
"I know I'm going to be the youngest when I come up there but I love taking on leadership roles. I think I stand out as a leader both on and off the court. I also plan on bringing some energy to the team, not only in practice but in the game too. I like the Ladyjacks style of play. SFA likes to run and that is what I do best. I love to work hard and will do whatever it takes to get the win."
Ford comes to Nacogdoches after a highly-touted prep career. She was ranked No. 21 in the state of Texas by Premier Basketball Report after averaging 16.2 points per game and eight rebounds. Ford is a three-time all-district selection who has earned all-state honors each of the last three seasons. A 5-11 forward, Ford earned district MVP honors as a junior and has helped guide her Byshop Lynch to three consecutive state titles.
"Jordan is a winner, a team player and a fierce competitor," said Riley. "She comes from one of the top high school programs in the country. Coach (Andy) Zihlman is a tremendous coach who has done a great job developing Jordan into a premier player. A very agile and athletic player, Jordan will fit right into our up-tempo style."
"SFA is a great match for Jordan," added Coach Zihlman. "I'm very excited for her. SFA has a beautiful campus, not too far from home, and a great basketball coach in Lee Ann Riley, who is well known and has a winning tradition."
A two-sport start in high school, Ford is excited about beginning her collegiate career at SFA and working with the Ladyjack coaching staff.
"I chose SFA because it was a perfect match for me and offered everything that I dreamed of in a program at the next level," said Ford. "I will also have the opportunity to grow under the leadership of two awesome coaches in Coach Riley and Coach Braxton, who actually was my mentor when I was in the sixth grade."
Goodner is a 5-7 guard from Akins High School in Austin. She was rated as the 24th-best high school player in Texas by the Premier Basketball Report after a junior campaign that saw her average 20.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. A three-time all-district selection, Goodner made an impact at Akins High as a rookie, earning Austin American Statesmen All-Centex Newcomer of the Year honors.
"Decreasha is an explosive and physical player who can take over a game," said Riley. "She has the ability to play all three guard spots. She is a very strong guard who can shoot the three, take you off the dribble or post you up. With her versatility and ability to score she will be a great addition to our team."
"We are elated to have Decreasha sign with SFA," said Goodner's high school coach H. Jane Johnson. "I know the coaches will push her to be excellent on and off of the court. There are just some kids that you know are amazing and she's one of them."
"I chose SFA because it, and coach Riley, have never wavered or shown a lack of interest in me," said Goodner. "Coach and I have become more than a coach and a recruit, which I feel will result in a smooth transition into coach and player. When visiting the campus I became a Ladyjack quickly. It was a lifestyle I could see myself living. I just saw myself in a purple uniform."
"We are excited about all three of these student-athletes joining the Ladyjack family," added Riley. "Each of them has the ability to impact our team and continue our commitment to winning championships."