Women picked 5th in Jayhawk East

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WICHITA -- Fort Scott Community College's women's basketball team was picked to finish in fifth place in the Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division at a pre-season media conference here Monday.

The Greyhounds finished tied for fifth last season at 6-12 in the division and 13-15 overall under then-rookie head coach Stasha Richards. This season, they have three sophomores, including point guard Leonda Doomes-Stephens, who was fifth in the conference in scoring as she earned All-Eastern Division Second Team honors. Fatima Lawrence also returns to the Greyhounds while Uniontown High School graduate Kylie Shepard will join the team after spending her freshman season at Hutchinson, where she averaged 1.4 points per game in limited playing time.

Cowley, third last season, was picked to win the East. Cloud County was picked to win the West after finishing fourth last season.

Fort Scott's men, who will be led by interim head coach Michael Cook, were picked to finish last in the 10-team east. The 'Hounds were ninth last season at 3-15, 8-23 as they had the second-lowest scoring average in the conference.

Three players do return from last season's team: guards Brandon Dougherty, Conrad Brown and Keenan Curry. Dougherty, who played the most extensively of the three, averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 assists last season. Brown averaged 2.3 points and Curry 1.4.

Cowley was picked to repeat as East champion while Hutchinson, the runner-up a season ago, was the choice to take the West.