August 22, 2011

Burson Adds Four More Recruits for Upcoming Season

Contact: David Beall,

Photo by Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University head women's basketball coach Buffie Burson has announced the signing of four more players who are set to join the Lady Saints for the 2011-12 season.

After inking Amanda Rector and Torey Hyder to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA's early signing period last fall, Burson and her staff have added four more players for the upcoming year according to a statement released on Monday afternoon.

"We are extremely excited to have these accomplished recruits join our basketball family," Burson said.  "They are all proven winners who have shown the ability to lead a team and perform well at high levels." 

The Lady Saints will welcome a balance of newcomers for the upcoming year as two transfers and a pair of incoming freshman will look to step in and make an immediate impact.

Jaymee Carnes (Wake Forest) and Crystal Moore (Motlow State Junior College) make their way to North Georgia with plenty of college experience, while Giovanni Sims (Milton HS) and Stephanie Huffman (Etowah HS) will make their collegiate debuts this fall.

"They all come from very strong high school and AAU programs, and that experience will allow them to come in and make an immediate impact on our program. We are counting on them to be tremendous additions to the Lady Saints."

Jaymee Carnes – Sophomore – 6-1 – Forward

At Wake Forest, Carnes (pictured right) saw action in 28 games, including one start, while averaging over 10 minutes per game. She prepped at Gainesville High School where she was the AAA AJC Player of the Year, four-time All-Area, two-time All-Region, Atlanta Tip-Off Club All-Metro Team, and the Most Valuable Player at the GACA North/South All Star Game.

Cyrstal Moore – Sophomore – 5-9 – Forward

A transfer from Motlow State Junior College, Moore was the team's leading scorer at 10.1 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per contest. As one of the top 15 all-time scorers in Motlow history, she was named TJCAA All-Region during freshman and sophomore seasons. Moore prepped at Howard High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Giovanni Sims – Freshman – 5-11 – Forward

During her senior year at Milton High School, Sims was named 6AAAAA All-Region Honorable Mention as she helped lead the Eagles to a birth in the elite eight. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Disney Classic Tournament, and Most Valuable Offensive Player during her senior campaign. Sims played three years at Heritage High School and earned 8-AAAA All-Region Honorable Mention and Best Offensive Player Award.

Stephanie Huffman – Freshman – 5-9 – Guard

Prepping at Etowah High School, Huffman was named the Region 5AAAAA Co-Player of the Year during her senior campaign, and All-Region during her final two seasons. Huffman is a two-time recipient of the Cherokee Tribune Player of the Year honor as she averaged 14.0 points per game and 4.0 assists per game during her senior season. Named to the AJC All-State team, she scored her 1000th point during her senior season. As the sister of former North Georgia standout Megan Huffman and current assistant coach Lindsay Huffman, Stephanie will be no stranger to the Lady Saints.