GILLETTE, Wyo.--It has been a busy week for Head Coach Will Rider of the Gillette College Pronghorns women's basketball team. He has signed four recruits within a 72-hour period.
Bailea and Ashlea Kerr, twins from Chadron High School (Neb.), Shawnea Harrington from Powell, Wyo. and Ingeborg Gjengsto from Bergen, Norway have all signed their national letters of intent to play for Gillette College next season.
The Kerr twins are familiar with Gillette. Their older brother lives here and they played in the Energy Classic this past season with the rest of the Chadron High School team. They were a part of a program that has been to three consecutive state tournament appearances.
Ashlea is more a perimeter player, but can take it inside as well. She averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals a game. She holds Chadron's single season scoring record at 474 points and career scoring for Chadron at 1,435 points.
Bailea plays inside at the power forward and center positions. She averaged 11 points, nine rebounds and 3 blocks a game. She led Chadron in blocks and amassed 196 in her high school career. She plays inside, but isn't afraid of shooting the triple, making 32 percent of her attempts.
Both Kerr twins are A-B students, as well.
“They're both very talented. Ashlea's more a perimeter player that can swing to the inside, but Bailea's more of an inside player that can step outside and shoot a little bit. So, we've got a little combination of both and I think they're going to add some really interesting demensions to our roster next year,” Rider said.
Rider first saw the Kerr twins playing in their sophomore season when he was looking at recruiting an Alliance player. He was in Alliance and Chadron was their opponent at that game. He realized then that “these two young ones coming are going to be something to watch, too.”
Shawnea Harrington is a 5'9" shooting forward averaged six points and eight boards a game while at Powell High School. She also played volleyball and participated in track and field while at Powell.
“She's a strong player, she's got great shot mechanics, but she kind of played a role for her team this last year,” Rider stated.
Rider really got to know Harrington and her style of play when he saw her participate on the Wyoming All-Star team in the Treasure State Classic against the Montana All-star team.
“Long story short, she came for a visit, loved it here, and she decided that this is where she wanted to play her college basketball next year.”
As far as her role on the team, Rider plans to use her as a shooting guard, small forward and possibly as a power forward.
“She's real solid, very physical.”
Not much is known about Ingeborg Gjengsto at the time this article was written. Rider added Gjengsto to the national letter of intent list on Thursday after his interview with the Basin Radio Network on the three other players.
An internet search does show that Gjengsto is a 5'4” guard. We will add more to this article about Gjengsto at a later time.