Colonels add 12 players

May 14, 2004

Centre College women's basketball coach Jennifer Ruff certainly has tried to take care of the numbers problem that plagued her team last season.

Centre has 12 high school players, including Danville's Monica Vonderbrink and Amber Wood, who have committed to play for the Colonels next season.

The Colonels return only five players, including Casey County senior point guard Amy Barlow who redshirted last year because of a knee injury.

Jayme Davis, a 6-1 player from Caldwell County, could make an immediate impact at Centre. She averaged 15 points per game and shot 54 percent last season. She finished her prep career with 1,332 points and 872 rebounds.


"She has a complete game and will be looked to a lot as a freshman," Ruff said.

Rockcastle County's Lauren Clontz will also join Centre after helping her team win the 13th Region title last year.

Ruff is counting on 5-10 Sarah Sheehan of Meade County, who averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game last year, to help at forward. She was an all-5th Region performer.

Vonderbrink and Wood helped lead Danville to its most successful season ever last year, including the school's first 12th Region All "A" Classic championship. Vonderbrink averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game and was named to The Advocate-Messenger All-Area first team.

Other future Colonels include Chelsea Brown, Franklin-Simpson; Ashley Gross, Spencer County; Bailey Schnebel, Oklahoma City; Sarah Frazier, Big Stone Gap, Va,; Katherine Marcrum, Evansville, Ind.; Sarah Salyer, Mercy; and Andrea Loveless, Calloway County.

Brown helped her team reach the regional title game last year and Gross averaged 13 points per game. Marcrum, Salyer and Loveless are all 6-foot forwards.

"We are so excited about this class," Ruff said. "We have someone at every position, and we got the depth we needed for next year. It will certainly be a learning experience with such a young team and so many freshmen. Some of them will have to contribute right away and we are looking forward to seeing what they can do."|3/16/04|***

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