The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 18, 2013

Crowder adds two guards to basketball team

Coach Tina Robbins has added two guards in rebuilding the Crowder College women’s basketball team.

They are 5-foot-7 Kealsie Frazier of Mulberry (Ark.) and 5-6 Courtney Jones of Tahlequah (Okla.) Sequoyah.

Robbins naturally hopes the roles played by Frazier and Jones in making their teams successful translates into success for the Lady ’Riders.

Mulberry, for example, finished 36-6 and lost to Acorn in the first round of the Arkansas Class 1A Tournament. Tahlequah Sequoyah, 20-9, lost to Adair in the first round — or quarterfinals — of the Oklahoma Class 3A Tournament.

Jones, most valuable player in helping the Indians win the Jay Tri-State Classic and recognized as one of the top 100 players in Oklahoma, averaged 12 points, 3.2 assists and 2 steals.

Frazier averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals to help make coach Adam Carlton’s first season as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach memorable.

Said Robbins: “Jones is a shooter with deep range. She handles the ball well — she can distribute the ball — and plays hard on both ends of the floor.

“Frazier is very versatile,” Robbins said. “She can post up a bit. She can handle the ball and shoot it. She’s very athletic., She can jump. She can run the floor.”

Frazier and Jones join Purdy’s 6-1 Katie Hughes as Crowder signees from the prep ranks.

Neosho-based Crowder is rebuilding after a 29-6 effort that included a 1-1 mark in the NJCAA Division I Championship at Salina, Kan.

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