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June 6, 2014

After a slow start Lady Jaguars sign trio in past week

JACKSONVILLE —

Jacksonville College head women's basketball coach, Leasa Ailshie, has made up ground after a slow start in restocking her roster with new talent for the 2014-15 season.

Last week Ailshie, who is beginning her second season as the school's women's basketball director, garnered the service of three players — two transfers and a high school talent.

Kristina Smith, a 5-foot-6 guard, comes to JC after playing last season for Sam Houston State University (NCAA Division I), Ailshie's alma mater.

Smith prepped at Mesquite Horn High School.

She played in 24 games at Sam Houston and got the starting nod on three nights.

Smith averaged 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds a game.

“Kristina has a pretty good shot from the perimeter,” Ailshie said. “She's very athletic and can also pull up and shoot the jumper.

“With her D-I experience she can come right in and no what is expected to compete in our conference.”

Smith hit 17 of 59 shots (28.8-percent) from behind the arc last season.

Jaycee Fourkiller is looking forward to playing basketball in her home state of Texas once again, according to Ailshie.

The Crandall High School product was a member of the Neosha County (Kansas) Community College club last season.

At Neosho Fourkiller played in 22 games averaging almost 14 minutes a night. She averaged 6.3 points and 1.6 boards a game.

Fourkiller, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard, hit 26 of 27 free throws last year at Neosho County.

“Jaycee will add depth for us,” Ailshie said. “She is a great shooter and I anticipate her being another player that can help us out form the perimeter.”

Ailshie summed her her transfers in this manner: “The good thing about transfers is that they know what to expect and they are usually highly motivated to prove themselves,” she said. “For example, it usually takes a player coming right out of high school a couple of months to adjust to the speed of the college game. Transfers have played at the college level and they know what they will have to do in order to compete.”

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