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Created: Monday, July 18, 2011 8:57 am


Player Name: Amber Thomas
High School: Council Bluffs St. Albert High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: A former teammate of Hannah Sneed’s and one of only two returners this season, Amber Thomas is someone I am really happy I get the opportunity to coach. Amber has received plenty of recognition for her contributions on the volleyball court and in the classroom last year. Nonetheless, I am more proud of her improvement as a basketball player last season. She not only improved technique and intensity, she showed up every day with a smile on her face and the heart of a lion inside. I know Amber is going to be a great leader for me this year and I know she is going to help us in the paint defensively and rebounding.

Created: Monday, July 18, 2011 8:49 am


Player Name: Kylee Loftus
High School: Logan-Magnolia High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Kylee is an exceptional student, a great athlete, and an even better person. Kylee plans to pursue a degree in nursing during her time at SWCC and will play a huge role for the women’s basketball program at the same time. She will be the post player we build around as I believe she can set the tone on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Under the tutelage of Coach Kevin Patterson (now at Ottumwa High School), Kylee received great instruction. I hope to build upon that coaching to help Kylee prepare for wherever her next stop in life takes her.

Created: Monday, July 18, 2011 8:41 am


Player Name:Shannon Smith
High School: East Union High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: I am very excited to have Shannon coming into this program next year. As quiet as she is, I was amazed at the compliments she received from area coaches. She has a knack for finding the ball off the glass and it's difficult to coach her length on the inside. Shannon has the potential to accomplish anything she wants in life and in the game of basketball; I am blessed with the opportunity to help her along the way.

Created: Monday, July 18, 2011 8:32 am


Player Name: Heylee Horn
High School: Winterset High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Heylee is the other returner from last year’s squad. A regular starter, Heylee has shown the ability to play a very nice offensive game. After battling injuries last year, I am dedicated to helping Heylee improve her confidence and tenacity so that she can move on to play at the four-year level. One of the nicest persons you will ever meet, Heylee is a competitive bulldog who wants to win. I am hopeful her hard work and dedication will rub off on her teammates and she can help lead us this year.