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Ladies Basketball Introduces Seven Newcomers for 2017-18 Season
Far left: Ashlynn Albert. On top left to right: Dezzy Bellard, Haylee Washington, and Ethany Cosby. Bottom left to right: Bre Frierson, Kayla King, and Ashley Strawder.
Ladies Basketball Introduces Seven Newcomers for 2017-18 Season
Thursday, September 21, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. – Centenary Ladies basketball and second year head coach David Foley is pleased to introduce seven freshmen for the 2017-18 seasons.

“I am very excited with the group of newcomers joining our basketball family,” said coach Foley. “They bring much needed depth and athleticism on the basketball court, but more importantly, they are all talented students and will be active members of the Centenary and Shreveport community. All of our newcomers will fit very smoothly into our style of play and will compliment a group of talented and hungry returners.”

Centenary begins the 2017-18 season on November 15, when it welcomes regional-rival East Texas Baptist to the Gold Dome. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m.

Here is a closer look at the freshmen

 

Ashlynn Albert

Fr. / G / 5-4

Dallas, Texas / Woodrow Wilson HS

 

Albert played both shooting guard and small forward for Liz Schubert at Woodrow Wilson High School. For the Wildcats, she received All-District Honorable Mention honors. Her other athletic endeavors at Woodrow Wilson include playing softball for head coach Shan Whittaker and running track for head coach LaDarius Chambers. Academically, Albert was inducted into the National Honor Society and was an IB diploma candidate.

She is the daughter of Aressa and Reginal Albert and has two brothers, Reece and Rance. At Centenary, she is majoring in biology.

Coach Foley on Albert: Ashlynn is a very raw athlete, who is a tenacious defender at multiple positions. A multi-sport athlete that can just about do it all. Coming from Dallas and the DISD, I’m very excited to see her game translate to the next level.

 

Dezzy Bellard

Fr. / G / 5-5

Mamou, La. / Mamou HS

 

Bellard played both guard positions for Mamou High School. Playing varsity basketball since seventh grade, she was named All-District and All-Parish all six seasons, including First Team four times. All four years of high school, Bellard earned Team Offensive MVP recognition and a playoff berth, helping the Demons to a State Semifinal appearance her senior season. Academically, she was an honor student and a member of Beta at Mamou.

The daughter of Darrel and Bernadine Bellard, she has one brother, Travenski. At Centenary, she is majoring in Business Management.

 

Coach Foley on Bellard: Darelzray was my first commitment at Centenary and brings a relentless work ethic. She has the ability to score the ball in multiple ways especially from behind the 3pt line. Dezzy has the ability to be an immediate impact with her ability to stretch the floor and handle the ball.

 

 

 

Ethany Cosby

Fr. / G / 5-6

San Antonio, Texas / MacArthur HS

 

Cosby played point guard for head coach Jamie Grams at MacArthur HS. With the Brahmas, she won the team’s Defensive Award, led the team in steals (96), and was named All-District for her final two seasons.

The daughter of Kristoffer Sr. and Elizabeth Cosby, she has two sisters, Malya and Mia Gold with one brother, Kristoffer Cosby Jr. At Centenary, she intends to major in business.

 

Coach Foley on Crosby: Ethany has the potential to be a defensive force at our level. She has great length and anticipation on the defensive end. She has a smooth touch around the basket and her offensive game will continue to develop.

 

Bre Frierson

Fr. / F / 5-11

Shreveport, La. / Evangel Christian Academy

 

Frierson played both in the post and at center for head coach Meoka Young at Evangel Christian Academy. With the Eagles, she was a two-time Second Team All-District honoree. She also was named an All-State honoree while also being named to the 2017 All-Star game. Academically, Frierson was named to the Honor Roll, won Excellence Awards, was named to the Councilor’s List, and served as student chaplain.

The daughter of Lajonna Frierson, she has three brothers, King and Monty Bryant Jr. and Johnathan Frierson. At Centenary, she intends to major in biology.

 

Coach Foley on Frierson: Bre will bring a much needed physical presence to the paint. She comes from a very strong high school program here in Shreveport. I expect Ladies Basketball fans to enjoy the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to our program on and off the floor.

 

Kayla King

Fr. / F / 5-5

Winnfield, La. / Winnfield Senior HS

 

King played both guard positions for head coach Kelly Edwards at Winnfield Senior HS. With the Tigers, she finished First Team All-District all four years, while being named District MVP, All-Cenla, and All-State her final two seasons. Academically, King was on the Honor Roll all four years.

The daughter of James and Renoda King, she has one sister, Jasmine. At Centenary, she plans to major in biology and pre-med.

 

Coach Foley on King: Kayla is a very versatile player who comes in with some great high school accomplishments. She can defend and score from multiple positions and has a very high basketball IQ. Kayla will bring toughness and an ability to get to the basket off the dribble.

 

Ashley Strawder

Fr. / F / 5-6

Seguin, Texas / Seguin HS

 

While playing forward for Seguin High School, she was named Academic All-District and All-State.

The daughter of Roy and Kimberly McAlister, she has one sister, Ryann McAlister and two brothers, Ethan and Bryson Strawder. At Centenary, she is majoring in biology.

 

Coach Foley on Strawder: Ashley is another versatile player that will make an impact on our program with her defense and physicality. I expect Ashley to play multiple positions and be a defensive menace. A smooth midrange shot will add another weapon to our offensive arsenal.

 

 

Haylee Washington

Fr. / F / 5-8

Houston, Texas / Ridge Point HS

 

Washington played forward for head coach Michael Vitek at Ridge Point High School. The Defensive Player of the Year, she holds the Panthers record for rebounds in a game with 21. Washington also earned First Team in 2016 and Second Team All-District honors in 2017. Academically, she was on the A/B Honor Roll while also being named All-Academic.

The daughter of Bridget Gulley, she has one brother, Avory. At Centenary, she is majoring in psychology.

 

Coach Foley on Washington: Haylee will bring a ton of length and athleticism to our program. She has natural rebounding instincts and has the ability to get to the basket on offense. I am very excited about the addition of Haylee and the role she will play moving forward on both ends of the floor.