he Lady Cavs are off to their best start since
the women’s basketball program began in 1995.
New talent, depth, cohesiveness and experience
all highlight Coach Lea Henry’s 2014 team.
The NJCAA national office ranked Darton State
College as No. 10 in the first D-1 poll of the
2013-2014 basketball season. It is the highest
ranking in the program’s history.
“I’m excited about it,” said Henry, who is
entering her third season as head of the Lady
Cavs. “I think it shows our program some
respect.” The Lady Cavaliers earned it in a 2012-
2013 season that left them 12th in the NJCAA.
It was a landmark year for Darton, won its first
Region 17 title in over a decade before crushing
Denmark Tech 75-55 to win the Lady Cavs’ first
District J Championship title. Darton finished
the season 30-4.
Now the NJCAA sees the bright program as a
top ten competitor.
“It’s a compliment, but it lets you know there
is a lot expected too,” Henry said.
Those expectations will fall onto returning
starters Iesha Bonner and Kadayasha Jones, but
a very talented class of recruits will provide an
instant impact to the program as well.
Henry brought in a pair of NCAA D-1
transfers – 5’9” guard Cedricka Sweeting
(Auburn) and 6’1” post-player and former
Lee County High standout DaQuenna Moore
(Alabama State) - who are expected to be
on the court at Darton’s opening tip-off,
Friday. Towering 6’2” freshman guard Shanea
Armbrister, who comes to Darton from the
Bahamas, looked great in preseason and will
likely be on the floor as well.
It may be the best recruiting class to put on
the red and gray jerseys of the Lady Cavs. Henry,
staffed with assistant coach Courtney Pritchett
and volunteer assistant coach Greg Manning,
has the support and talent to push the Lady
Cavaliers to the next level. Henry is a former
NCAA D-1 coach, a Georgia Sports Hall of Famer
and an Olympic Gold Medalist. Coach Manning
played D-1 college ball at the University of
Maryland before being drafted by the Denver
Nuggets. And Pritchett, entering his first season
at Darton, brings on an excellent resume of
coaching high school basketball in Alabama. The
trio combined have decades of experience, at
just about every level of basketball.
The Lady Cavs begin an enduring season
that includes 16 home games in November.
Championship play begins in late February.
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