"Jheri Booker a new comer to the WBCBL and the South Carolina Storm had an outstanding first game. Sarah Lyon, 2nd team all WBCBL, led all Storm scores with 20 points. With a well balanced attack, the Storm breezed to a 92-58 Atlantic region victory against the Beaufort Bison. Jheri Booker had 16pts, 7 assists, 12 rebounds and 1 steal in her debut. What an amazing performance from the Storm as Jo Jo Smalls (14pts), Aubany Thomas (11pts), and Sarah Green (10pts) all scored in double figures. We have much to build on but I am happy to see us start off with a big win."
- Jon Shell
HOOP PHI STRONG!
Eboni Fields scored 21 points, and four of her teammates also scored in double figures as the Georgia Soul ran over the Capital City Cougars in the Soul's Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) season opener Sunday May 7th at Laney High.
Lacoya Terry, a returning WBCBL first team all star from last season, scored 15 points, including 6 during a late first quarter stretch when she accounted for all the points in an 8-0 run that gave the Soul a 22-15 lead heading into the second quarter. After building a 19 point cushion by halftime, Fields and Breonna O'Conner, who also scored 15 points, threatened to blow the game wide open when they began the
third quarter with a pair of three pointers from the left corner.
Capital City made a mini run, cutting the deficit to 18 points midway through the third quarter. But the Soul's Monique Martin scored 11 of her 14 points during a 5 minute stretch that ended a minute into the fourth quarter with the Soul leading 72-47. The Soul coasted from there as Ciara Lyons, who scored 10 points, converted multiple times in the open court.
The Soul travels to meet the Conyers Rockets next Saturday before returning home to face the Beaufort Bisons Saturday, May 20, at Laney. The Soul players and coaches are attempting to build on last season's 11-4 overall record, which included a WBCBL Atlantic region championship and a trip to the national tournament in San Antonio.
The Georgia Soul’s schedule and information about the team and its mission can be
found at http://www.georgiasoulbasketball.com/
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-Chad Cook- Writer
AUG BBALL/ GA SOUL
To check out game highlights from the Soul’s 94-58 win over the Cougars
In 2006, Ms. Jessica Kern attended basketball tryouts in Dallas, Texas in hopes of joining a team in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. Her hard work and earn her a roster spot on the Dallas Dolphins squad. After a strong performance with the Dolphins, Kern was offered opportunities to play professionally in Germany, Romania, and Switzerland.
While overseas, Kern had a chance to coach and train younger players to get a taste of what would become her next step, coaching. Upon returning the United States in 2007, Kern had a deeper understanding of the game of basketball and clear sight of her career goals as she returned to the WBCBL for her second season. During that time, her former team was also undergoing a transformation in the front office. The name of the team was changed to the Arkansas Ballers and just weeks before opening day, the Head Coaching position became vacant. This was a very tough situation for a player in the prime of her game and at the same time, having a huge passion for coaching.
After careful consideration and soul-searching, Kern made a decision to approach the Arkansas Ballers team owners/general managers Gideon and Donzia Acha to plead her case of becoming the new head coach. It wasn’t an easy decision for the Achas to make, as they would be losing a core player in exchange for her to become a first year coach on new level.
The Achas decided to give Kern an opportunity to prove her skills with a roster featuring impact players, such as, DeMoya Williams (Czech Republic, Lindsey Wilson (NCAA2), Frances Carvajal (Finland-D1, Poland) Erika Bobo (University North Texas), Krataura Buckner (Harlem Ambassadors), Maxann Reese (WNBA, Michigan State University), and Tausha Mills (WNBA).
Not only did Kern answer the call, but she also led her team to the 2007 WBCBL West Regional Championship and topped off the season by winning the 2007 WBCBL National Championship.
Since her interview, Ms. Kern has now become the Head coach at Tennessee State University.