Continuing his quest to mine local talent to rebuild his Southern State women’s basketball program, head coach Matt Wells recently picked up two more young ladies from Adams County, making it a total of four countians signed in the last month. On May 2, in a joint signing ceremony held in the school gymnasium, Tia Shepherd and Jessica Solaro, teammates at the Adams County Christian School, became the latest members of the Southern State women’s basketball program, joining Manchester’s Rainelle Casey and North Adams’ Sara Dinsmore, who both earlier signed their letters of intent.
For Shepherd, who was joined at the signing by her grandparents Kenny and Margie Butler, comfort was one of the main reasons she decided to become a part of the rebuilding process at SCCC.
“I really liked the college and I already have a lot of friends going there already, said the ACCS senior. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to play basketball.”
Solaro was accompanied at the signing ceremony by her parents Steve and Sonja Solaro and told The Defender why she decided to become a SSCC Patriot.
“It’s an awesome community of professors and a smaller school, so it will be an easy transition for me into college and I know a lot of the professors which will make it that much nicer for me,” said Solaro.
Coach Wells is also excited about the prospects of what his two latest signees will bring to his program.
“We needed another ball handler and Tia gives us a legitimate point guard for the first time in two years,” said Wells. “She is strong offensively and will need to continue to be herself and develop accordingly. We think she will be outstanding for us in the upcoming season.”
“Jessica gives us the big body that we need. She has some strong post moves and enjoys playing with her back to the basket. She has strong footwork but will need to continue working hard to get stronger. She rebounds and outlets the ball very well and can be a major force in the paint for us.”
Shepherd plans to attend Southern State for two years, studying the Sciences with the hope of someday being a Game Warden, while Solaro will also stay for two years, studying Biology with the intention of continuing into some field that involves nature.