BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head Coach Josh Thompson has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. The Lady Tornado will welcome Taylor Robinson, Brittany Stringer, and Stephanie Brantley to the team to help provide a nice compliment of size and efficient guard play for next season.
6-1 | Center
Lenoir City, Tenn. | Lenoir City High School
Taylor Robinson a 6-1 post player from Lenoir City, Tenn. has signed to play for King College. She has been playing basketball since she was four years old and has spent the past four years on Lenoir City High School's varsity team. After her sophomore year, Robinson was placed on the District 4-AAA Honorable Mention Team. She also received an individual award for most blocks in 2010. She played for Team Hustle out of Adidas, Tenn., coached by Courtney McDaniel and Shane Wells which was second in AAU Division II in 2008, second in Division I in 2009, and finished 13th at the Division I Nationals in 2010. She has also played for Pilot Women's Rocky Top League in 2011.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity to play at King College," said Robinson. "I cannot wait to play at a Christian school and see what God has planned for me."
Head Coach Josh Thompson said of her, "Taylor brings us more size in the post and gives us a player who can score inside as well as outside. Her ability to shoot the three makes her a dangerous player at the center position."
5-8 | Guard
Fredericksburg, Va. | Riverbend High School
Brittany Stringer a 5-8 guard from Fredricksburg, Va. has committed to play for the Lady Tornado next season. Stringer played for Scott Thomas at Riverbend High School where during her senior year she averaged 16.3 points, 2.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and three steals per game. She shot over 40 percent from long range, was tabbed team Most Valuable Player, and made First Team All-District and Third Team All-Area honors.
"Brittany is a smart player who brings us good versatility in the back court because she can play both guard spots," said Thompson. "We are really excited about getting a player that shoots the ball and handles the ball as well as she does."
5-9 | Guard/Forward
Pilot Mountain, N.C. | Forsyth Home Educators
"Stephanie is a wing player that gives us another guard who can both shoot and attach the basket," said Thompson. "She has a tremendous work ethic and will bring a lot of intensity to the Lady Tornado program."Stephanie Brantley daughter of Bryant and Deborah Brantley has signed to play for King. Standing at 5-9, Brantley played both guard and forward for Ricky Moser as a part of the Forsyth Home Educators Lady Hawks. In her senior season, she averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, four assists, and two blocks per game. She finished her Lady Hawks career with 2,145 points and 1,333 rebounds. Brantley received preseason East Coast All-Tournament Team, Piedmont Classic All-Tournament Team, Western Regional All-Tournament Team, NCHEAC All-Conference
MVP and All-Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year. She also made the NCHE Western All Star Team. The Lady Hawks won the East Coast 5A National Championship while she was named First All-Tournament Team and National Tournament MVP.
King finished the 2011-12 season with a 5-21 overall record and a 5-13 Conference Carolinas mark. The Lady Tornado were led by Brooke Johnson, who averaged a team-best 11.7 points per game. Freshman center Alley Sprouse gave King a nice spark, averaging 9.7 points per game and sharing the team lead on the boards with forward Kelly Jackson with 6.1 rebounds per game.