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Stafford earns all-conference status is final season with Lady Wasps

Johnson City Press • Apr 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Kara Stafford made her final basketball season at Emory & Henry College her finest.

Stafford, a former Sullivan East standout, started all 27 games for the 2019-20 Lady Wasps and averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and two assists per contest. For the season, she posted robust shooting percentages from 3-point range (40.7) and the foul line (82.4) — and her 3-point accuracy (43.2%) during regular-season play ranked No. 1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

The 5-foot-9 senior forward tossed in 101 points (20.2 avg.) and recorded all three of her career 20-point outings in a five-game stretch from Jan. 15 through Feb. 1. Her high game was 25 at Virginia Wesleyan, where she went 6 of 7 from behind the arc.

With healthy numbers in hand, which fed into a 22-5 season for the NCAA Division III school, Stafford earned All-ODAC second-team recognition. She was picked to the Comfort Suites Classic all-tournament team and made the league’s all-academic squad for the second time.

The Lady Wasps shared the ODAC title with Washington & Lee and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals.

For her college career, Stafford played in all 110 games — starting 66. She produced 888 points and an 80.7 free-throw percentage.

MAROSITES CRACKS TOP 10

An honorable mention on two 2019-20 NCAA Division II All-American teams, Carson-Newman senior Kayla Marosites was recently spotlighted in the Johnson City Press.

Like her twin sister and former Elizabethton High teammate, Kelci Marosites concurrently finished her three-year career with the Lady Eagles. Her senior statistics included 14 starts in 30 games, a 6.3 scoring average, 36 3-pointers and 52 assists. Most notably, Kelci leaves Carson-Newman ranked 10th on the school’s list for career 3-pointers with 106.

MORE LINKS TO LADY CYCLONES

Including the Marosites sisters, four players from the Lady Cyclones’ 2013-14 Class AA state championship team wrapped up their collegiate careers this year.

Emily Kiser had an injury-hampered but productive final season for Milligan. Limited to 19 games (11 starts), Kiser averaged 12.3 points and hit 85.2 percent of her foul shots. After transferring from King, the 5-8 guard racked up 134 3-pointers in three seasons with the Lady Buffs.

Emily Schubert completed a four-year stay at NCAA Division I Duke. The 6-4 senior, whose freshman campaign was lost to a torn ACL, appeared in nine games in 2019-20. The Lady Blue Devils tri-captain had not scored in her career before she buried her only shot of the season in the team’s regular-season finale, a 73-54 win at North Carolina.

ETCETERA

Science Hill graduate Hannah Rodgers took part in 22 games (2 starts) as a Lady Buffs senior. Her season totals included 19 points and 25 rebounds.

Achieving Appalachian Athletic Conference’s all-academic status for the third straight year, Rodgers was also named to the league’s Champions of Character team.

North Greene alum Lauren Baxter totaled 23 appearances with one start in her final Milligan season. She amassed 66 points and 45 boards.

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