The Transylvania Times -

By Randall Stewart
BC Sports Information 

Tranfers, Freshmen Bolster Tornados' Hoops Roster – Brevard NC


Head women’s basketball coach Shannon Reid has signed four student-athletes to play for the Tornados this season.

Annalee Bollinger, a 5-6 guard, will enter Brevard as a sophomore after spending last season with Division II St. Joseph’s College in Indiana.

She saw action in 15 contests for the Pumas following a standout career at Reid’s alma mater, South Caldwell High School in Hudson, N.C.

The Granite Falls native was named Caldwell County Player of the Year and was an all-conference performer after averaging 15 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists as a junior.

“Anna is an extremely talented guard who will add versatility to our back court with the ability to facilitate, score off the bounce, as well as play off the ball and provide scoring,” said Reid. “We are thrilled to be able to bring in a player like Anna to our program. I love her passion for the game and the desire to want to be great. We will need that type of mentality to move our program forward.”

Cienna Bryant comes to Brevard from William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Va.

The 5-foot-3-inch freshman is expected to aid the Tornados with her perimeter shooting after knocking down one-third of her three-point attempts last season.

She averaged 7.5 points and two assists per game and made 78 percent of her attempts from the free throw line.

“We are looking forward to the development and growth of Cienna,” Reid remarked. “Her ability to shoot the three will be something that is depended on this season. There will be many opportunities to knock down shots this year and I cannot wait to get into individual guard sessions with players like her.”

Jade Napier gives the Tornados a third guard in the signing class and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The Roane State Community College transfer and Rockwood, Tenn. native shot an eye-popping 47 percent from beyond the arc last season and contributed nine points, four assists, and three steals per contest.

“Jade will come in firing on all cylinders as she shoots the deep ball extremely well,” said Reid. “Having the ability to add a player like her will really help us stretch the floor on offense which will allow us to attack the basket from other positions. She is also excellent off the dribble, creates her own shot, and can draw contact around the basket.”

Local product Rachel Owen will help the Tornados on the interior. The honorable mention all-Smoky Mountain Conference forward averaged 11.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in her senior year at Rosman High School.

“Rachel will provide an immediate punch to our interior game,” commented Reid.

“Her ability to rebound the basketball is an area we felt that she could contribute to right away. We are excited to have a great young lady as well as a great basketball player in Rachel. The opportunity to sign a player of her caliber and being a local product is always a win-win. Her success will draw attention from local talent around us, bring more fans to support, and continue to connect us deeper into the community,” she added.


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