Roden announces early signees

Carrollton, Ga. – November 22, 2005 – West Georgia head coach Craig Roden is working hard on reaching new heights with his program. Tuesday, Roden announced the signing of a pair of guards who have the ability to help with that goal.

Roden announced the signing of guards Kristen Murdock and Amy Fennell, and both will be freshman on the 2006-07 squad.

“We’re excited to have these two commit to this program,” Roden said. “We think that, combined with the freshman we got this year, we’ve got our guards nailed down for the next four years. They are both strong leaders and have led their teams to new heights.”

Murdock, a senior currently at Marietta High School in talent-rich Cobb County, brings some impressive credentials with her. Coach Ken Sprague and the Blue Devils have a record of 72-17 with Murdock running the offense. Last year, Murdock averaged 10 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in leading MHS to a school-record 28-2 season.

Murdock was named First Team All-Cobb County last year and honorable mention All-State. She was also the MVP of the Campbell Christmas Tournament and made 43 percent from beyond the arc in her junior campaign.

Fennell is a five-year starter for coach Jerry Kirkland at Scottsboro High School in Scottsboro, Ala. Two of those five years, she was named All-Area and was named to the Area All-Tournament team. She is also a two-year winner of the Wildcat Award, which goes to the top female athlete at SHS.

As a junior, Fennell averaged 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. In this year’s season opener, she blasted out of the gate with 26 points and 11 assists against Boaz High, a top-five AAAA school in Alabama.

“I’ve been coaching 20+ years and Amy is one of the hardest working players I’ve coached,” Kirkland said. “Her play has improved on a daily basis due to her work ethic and drive for competition.”

Both girls will finish up their respecitve high school careers and enroll at West Georgia next fall.

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