After two consecutive trips to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), the Ole Miss women's basketball team would like to build on that performance with a trip to the NCAA tournament. With four starters gone from last year's team, that burden will be on the lone returning starter, former Sidney Lanier standout Kayla Melson [Class of 2007].
"It (leadership) is a big role that I have to play," said the senior guard. "My job is to mold these freshmen into the best players on the court and let them know I'm here for them. I want them to understand that I want to lead this team and hopefully my leadership skills can develop as the season progresses."
Media Watch: Lanier players, coaches display touch of class
Montgomery Advertiser • By Mike Tankersley • October 30, 2006
You may remember newspaper and broadcast accounts last year detailing the bad blood between the Sidney Lanier and Prattville football teams. There was a big fight at last season's game at Prattville, and there were some serious charges thrown back and forth afterward. It got pretty ugly.
Huntsville -- The South basketball team dreamed this would be its year in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week.
With what seemed a formidable group of players, the South hoped to break the North's grip on the series.
Instead, the South's nightmare in the series continued. The North blistered the South 101-65 to win its seventh straight and take a 9-1 lead in the series.
Kayla Melson decided to play her college basketball in Mississippi, but the 5-foot-7 inch point guard from Sidney Lanier will showcase her talents in Huntsville as part of the All-Star Sports Week.
Melson's commitment to Ole Miss -- along with Jeff Davis' Courtney Ward (Florida State) and Cassie Moore (Auburn) -- gives Montgomery three Division I commitments in the past month. All three will team up Thursday in the North-South All-Star game in Huntsville.
Sidney Lanier's Broderick Ferguson is favoring one in-state school after spending time with some research on the internet. His research of the depth chart and the increased interest level of the school has brought him to a new favorite.