by jamesc 6/9/2014 11:07:14 AM --
NORFOLK – Three additional recruits have signed to play women’s basketball next season at Northeast Community College. They are Allie Millard, of Valentine, Octavia McGraw, of Omaha, and Hannah Riley, of Richmond, GA. "I am really excited about these three girls. They are good players of high character and they will be great additions to our program,” said Matt Svehla, Hawks head coach.
Millard, a 5’10” forward, is a 2013 graduate of Valentine High School, who averaged 20 points per game (ppg) and eight rebounds per game (rpg) as a senior. She attended Chadron State College this year as a student only.
“Statistically, Allie had a really good senior year in 2013,” Svehla said. “She put up good scoring and rebounding numbers. Even though she has not played for a year, I believe that she will get back in the basketball groove quickly. She plays with good strength and she also runs the floor well.”
McGraw, a 5’6” guard, is a 2014 Omaha Benson graduate. She averaged 8.5 ppg 4.5 rpg and 2.5 steals per game. McGraw, who was part of the 2014 Class A State Championship team for the Bunnies, is a two-time defensive player of the year.
Svehla said, “Omaha Benson’s program has enjoyed great success during the past couple of years and Octavia played a huge role in that. She brings very good quickness to the guard position and she can really defend. She suffered an Achilles injury midseason of her senior year, but she is making progress and we expect her to fully recover.”
Riley, a 6’0” forward, graduated this spring from Richmond Hill High School in Richmond, GA. She average 10 ppg and 6 rpg, and was named to the All-Region-2nd Team.
“Hannah is a very versatile player who can do a lot of things. She has good strength and she will get up and down the court,” Svehla said. “Her ability to play around the basket is good and she also has perimeter skills. As much as I like her offensive versatility, her versatility on the defensive end may be even better. Hannah will allow us to play a variety of ways and that is a real luxury.”
Svehla has signed four other players this spring to play for the Hawks. They are Cameron Eddie of Laurel-Concord-Coleridge High School, Brooke Bauer of St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill, Jayla Mayes-Jackson, of Eden Prairie High School, in Eden Prairie, MN, and Sydney Koel, of Washington High School, in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team finished the 2013-14 season with a
26-4 record. The team was ranked several times in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Top 25 poll during the past year.