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, staff@fgazette.com
02-09-2017

Three girls who graduated


off last season’s Union
Parish girls’ basketball
team are contributing for
the top-ranked team in an
association of the nation’s
smaller colleges.
Raneseya Johnson, Briana
Johnson and Deambree
Jones are members of the
Concordia College of Alabama
(CCA) Lady Hornets
ladies basketball team. The
Lady Hornets are currently
the No. 1 team in the latest
poll of the United States
Collegiate Athletic Association
(USCAA).
Following a 16-15 record
last year for the Lady
Farmers, the trio inked
scholarships to play at Concordia,
who finished first
last season in the USCAA
Ladies Division 1 tournament.
Through games
played through February
6, the Lady Hornets are 17-4
on the season and again
hold down the top spot in
the USCAA rankings.
Raneseya blossomed
quickly, moving into the
starting lineup in just the
fifth game of the season
for CCA. She is averaging
9.5 points per game despite
playing an average of 23.4
minutes per contest. Her
54.2 percent field goal percentage
currently leads
the nation with teammate
Lashanique Youngblood at
51.2 percent. By comparison,
Youngblood plays eight
minutes more per contest
yet average less that one
point per contest higher
than Raneseya.
Briana Johnson and
Jones are both playing rolls
for coach Howard White’s
team.
Briana has come off the
bench in eight of the teams’
19 games and has averaged
15 minutes per game in
those contests. She, too, is
hitting a high percentage of
her shots, knocking down
14 of 24 attempts for a 58.3
shooting percentage.
Jones has played in six
games for the Lady Hornets,
averaging 1.5 points
and 7.8 minutes in those
contests.
As a team, the Lady
Hornets lead the USCAA
in field goal percentage,
hitting 50 percent of their
shots en route to an average
of 70.9 points per game.
Ernest Wynn, who
coached the girls throughout
their careers at UPHS,
said he was especially
proud of all three ladies
carrying at least a 3.0 grade
point average in their classes.
“All that was necessary
for these young ladies to
achieve this type of success
was for someone to believe
in them and to provide
an opportunity for them
to succeed,” Wynn said.
“Coach Howard White and
I saw just this.”



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