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SWIC signs three for 2016-17 women’s basketball season

Continuing the task of rebuilding the Southwestern Illinois College women’s basketball program, Blue Storm coach Mike Juenger has signed three more players for the ‘16-17 season.

Juenger announced on Tuesday that Ta’Tayanna Outlaw, a 5-11 post player from Clarksville, Tenn. and Jasmine Johnson, a point guard from Kenwood, Tenn. along with former Cahokia standout Ja”va Brock are the newest additions to a SWIC program which finished 3-24 this past season.

“We’ve lost more games in the past two years (42) than we did in nine or ten combined,’’ Juenger said. “We’ve gone back to the basics. We’re bringing in good kids who want to be here and want to excel both in the classroom and on the basketball court. We’re bringing in kids who play hard on both ends of the court every second they are on the floor.

And in Outlaw’s case. Juenger is bringing in a player he hopes he can build around. A combination small/power forward, Outlaw averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds for her Clarksville team which reached the sectional title game last year.

“First of all Ta’Tayanna is a great kid. Just a very nice young lady,’’ Juenger said. “She’s a good athlete who can get up and down the court and who can either post up inside or step out on the perimeter and shoot the 3-point jumper.

Actually she probably prefers playing on the perimeter. But that’s alright. We haven’t had that type of player for a couple of years. I’m hoping that she could be out next all-conference or all-region player. Maybe even an All-American. She’s got that kind of potential.’’

Johnson, Brock also sign

Juenger also announced that the 5-5 Johnson and 5-3 Brock have signed for the ‘16-17 season.

Johnson, a three-year starter at Kenwood, averaged 11 points a year while playing the point guard, while Brock, an all South Seven Conference player at Cahokia, averaged 14 points for the Comanches two years ago.

Brock attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last year but did not play. She will have two years of eligibility with the Blue Storm.

“Ja’va can score. She proved that at Cahokia and that’s what we need here. We lost a couple of kids to grades at semester last winter and we really had trouble scoring at times,’’ Juenger said. “Jasmine is a point guard who can score and she’s one of these players who never stops hustling and playing hard.’’

The 2016-17 season will be Juenger’s 20th with the Blue Storm. He will enter the season with 387 coaching victories.

Dean Criddle: 618-239-2661, @CriddleDean

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