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Eastern Florida State Women's Basketball Ready for Friday's Season Debut
Oct. 31, 2013 - New head coach Jim Grimes and his players have poured the foundation in the re-building process that is the Eastern Florida State College women's basketball program.
Now they will begin building the house as they open their season in the Eagle Classic in Jacksonville, FL on Friday and Saturday.
The Titans play Florida College, a United States Collegiate Athletic Association four-year school from Temple Terrace, FL, at 5 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist College and then meet Johnson & Wales a four-year NAIA school from North Miami at noon on Saturday.
Things don't get any easier for Eastern Florida as it travels to Marianna, FL and Chipola College to compete in the three-day www.girlsbasketballreport.com Classic. The Titans play NJCAA nationally fourth-ranked Chipola on Thursday, Nov. 7, always strong Gulf Coast on Friday, Nov. 8 and NJCAA nationally 10th-ranked Darton College on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The Titans open their home season at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 against the Webber International junior varsity. Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.
Grimes took over the Titans program in March following a 3-27 season under former head coach Renee Bellamy. He hit the recruiting trail hard and will put a scrappy, albeit undersized and relatively inexperienced team on the floor.
He realizes there will be struggles but is impressed with how quickly his team of three returnees and eight newcomers has come together.
Returnees are guard and co-captain 5-foot, 8-inch Tomoriya Hamm of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Fort Lauderdale High, and 5-10 forwards Kiersten Colgan of Melbourne, FL and Satellite High and Kendall Hedgecock of Vero Beach, FL and Vero Beach High.
New are freshmen guards and co-captains Jessica Doyle (5-6), who scored 1,000 points in her four seasons at Palm Bay Heritage High and led Brevard County in scoring last season and Rhaeven Kemp (5-7) of Liberty High School in Jackson, TN; guards Dejah Bradshaw (5-5) of Miami's American Senior High; Alex Wilhelm (5-6) of Ocala, FL and Vanguard High; and Kansas Best (5-6) of Melbourne, FL and Viera High. Also, forwards Mariah Deckard (5-8) of Melbourne, FL and Viera High; Rachelle Aupont (5-9) of Orlando, FL and Edgewater High; Kristina Bugarski (6-0) of Belgrade, Serbia and The Rock School in Gainesville, FL; and Alyssa Nesbitt (6-0) of Palm Bay, FL and Melbourne High.
Grimes also brought in new assistant coaches Aerial Wilson who played 125 games at NCAA Division I Virginia Tech, former Brevard Community College two-year player Olivia Atwell and fellow BCC alumnus Gwen Chappell who went on to play two seasons at Division II Florida Tech.