Coming off a 22-7 season in their second year of USA South Athletic Conference play the Lady Scots basketball program has hit the recruiting trail hard to start the preseason on head coach Darrin Travillian's fifth season. Travillian, who has complied an 88-24 overall record winning 79% of his teams challenges while earning back-to-back USA South Regular Season Titles, has announced six commitments to join the program in the fall.
The new commitments to be Lady Scots includes:
Abby Navarro (Lawton, Oklahoma/ Lawton High School) Abby was a captain for her Wolverine squad while earning OCA Honorable Mention All-State accolades. This four-year letter winner on the hard court also excelled in the spring, earning a pair of letters in softball. During her senior season this 5'11" post/power forward averaged 9.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while blocking 37 shots, grabbing 22 steals, and dishing out 38 assists.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say, "We are thrilled to add Abby to our squad. Abby has the ability to finish inside, knock down the three-pointer, and to gather rebounds in traffic. She should find ways to contribute immediately to our frontcourt at multiple positions. As an all-state performer in high school, she comes to us with a polished skill set that should only further diversify our attack on both ends."
Brittany Johnson (Louisville, Tennessee/ William Blount High School) Brittany excelled as a 5'3" guard for the Governors as well as travelling programs that included East Tennessee Air, Hoop-It-Up, and Tennessee Fury.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say, "Brittany is an excellent addition to our team. She is a tireless worker, who is willing to help the team in any way. Brittany has the ability to create shots for others, as well as the toughness to finish in traffic. Her outside shot should also free up her ability to drive and create. She is not afraid to dive on the floor, to take a charge, or to mix it up on the boards."
Haley Talbott (Maryville, Tennessee/ William Blount High School) Haley excelled for the Governors as a 5'8" guard/forward. She earned All-District and All-Tournament accolades while being named the squads Most Valuable Player. She averaged eight points, six rebounds, and eight assists per game while taking 15 charges on the season on defense.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say, "We are very excited to add Haley to our team. She brings toughness and shot-making ability to our backcourt. Haley should prove to be a difficult match-up for guards because of her size and athleticism. She has the ability to create scoring opportunities for her teammates, and she is willing to take big shots both from the perimeter and in the lane."
Kayla Tipton (Kingsport, Tennessee/ Sullivan South High School) Kayla is a 5'10" forward that excelled for the Rebels for four seasons. She was an All-Big 8 Conference performer her sophomore-junior seasons before being named to the Three Rivers All-Conference squad following her senior season. She is a two-time All-District Tournament selection and eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau during her junior season. During her career she averaged 12.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Her career numbers include: 1,370 points, 968 rebounds, 151 assists, 207 steals, and 148 blocked shots.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say, "We are thrilled to add Kayla to our frontcourt. Kayla is among the most tenacious rebounders I've ever recruited. Her nearly 1,000 rebounds are certainly a testament to this. She also has the ability to finish on the inside, as well as a face-up jumper. Her toughness on the inside will serve her well as she transitions to the college game."
Lauren Biliter (Knoxville, Tennessee/ Halls High School) Lauren was an All- District performer for the Red Devils while lettering all four seasons. This 5'11" guard/Post standout also lettered four seasons in soccer for the Red Devils during her high school career. She averaged 12 points, six boards, and six assists during her senior campaign.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say, " Lauren is a great addition to our backcourt. She brings scoring ability from both the three-point line and a solid midrange jumper. She has the length and athleticism to guard multiple positions, which should help her in the transition to the college game. Lauren is also a competitor with a willingness to dive on the floor, crash the boards, or take a charge."
Rachel Hawn (Franklin, Tennessee/Franklin High School) Rachel was an All- Region and All- District performer for the Rebels. This 5'11" post standout also lettered in track and soccer for the Rebels during her high school career.
Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian had this to say, "We are very excited to add Rachel to our frontcourt. She brings a great deal of athleticism to the post, as well as the ability to step outside and knock down a jumper. She should be a very difficult match-up for the opposition and an instant contributor for us at multiple positions. Given her skill set, she should thrive within our offensive and defensive systems."