The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 30, 2013

Branson showcase leads Cottey to pair of guards

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— Cottey College basketball coach Dave Ketterman recently landed a couple of lunkers out of the same hole.

That reads fishy, of course, and we aren’t sure if Ketterman is even an occasional angler.

The bottom line is that Ketterman believes he’s added two keepers — both guards — from different parts of Missouri to his women’s program for 2013-14.

He saw both seniors perform for the first time last summer at a showcase in Branson.

They are 5-foot-5 Alyssa Jones of DeKalb and 5-7 Machela VanGennip of Delta.

“This gives us four,” Ketterman said Monday. “We need a few more.”

Jones and VanGennip join Miller’s Emily Allen and Everton’s Linsey Denney — both 5-10 — as prep signees for the Nevada-based Comets.

Ketterman expects three Comets to return for their second season. They are 5-10 Cassie Hale, 5-5 Caryli Ingles and 5-9 Kat Zumalt.

Denney and VanGennip received all-state designation in Class 1, Ketterman said.

Ketterman said Jones was a “special” recruit because her DeKalb coach, Lacy Warren (formerly Leonard) was a two-time All-American for NJCAA Division II Cottey.

Jones’ senior averages included 10.4 points, 3.1 assists and 4 steals.

“Alyssa is a combo guard who will play the point and 2-guard positions,” Ketterman said in a news release. “She is an excellent dribble, drive player who can play in an up-tempo, pressing style game. She should give us depth at the guard position and allow us to extend pressure on the defensive end.”

VanGennip, a two-time all-stater, averaged 24.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.5 steals as a senior for coach Gary Poyner at Delta.

“Machela can be an impact player for us,” Ketterman said. “She shoots the 3, can play off the dribble and can finish at the rim. I was impressed with her poise and court awareness when I saw her play (at Branson) for Terry Helm’s TC Hoops. We are so fortunate to have such an outstanding player. Machela, like Alyssa (Jones), is a combo guard.”