Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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March 5, 2014

Lady Jets’ Frey and Murray named GCAA Coach and Player of the Year

AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets recently captured Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors. Lady Jets Head Coach James Frey was named GCAA Coach of the Year, and sophomore Shameekia “Polly” Murray earned the title of Player of the Year. Murray was also named to the GCAA All-Conference first team, and three of her teammates were named to the All-Conference second team.

Sophomore players Alexia Somerset, Shaquita Snow, and Nikkei Blackburn were named to the GCAA All-Conference second team for their impressive performances on the court in the 2013-2014 season. The Lady Jets hosted and won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII Tournament on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday last week. The win on the Region XVII Championship gave the Lady Jets a tournament title to go with their regular season GCAA Championship.

Murray was fourth in the conference in points per game with 17.2, and Blackburn led the conference in average rebounds per game with 13.5. This was Coach Frey’s second season as head coach of the Lady Jets, who led the conference in free throw percentage and total rebounds per game this season. Frey currently has a 49–16 overall record, and he also led the Lady Jets to the program’s longest winning streak, 20 straight games, earlier this season.

The Lady Jets tied the all-time winning record for women’s basketball at South Georgia Tech with their win in the conference tournament championship over Georgia Highlands on Saturday. The 2009–10 team posted a 29–7 overall record following their trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament. The current squad is currently 29-4 overall, and they will travel to Region 10 to play Denmark Tech in Denmark, South Carolina on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. for a chance to win the NJCAA District J Title and earn a better seed in the NJCAA National Tournament.

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