CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Sports Information) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball program received National Letters of Intent from four signees Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.
Lady Mocs' Head Coach Wes Moore stepped outside of the state of Tennessee for all four signees gathering two from Georgia, one from North Carolina and one from Alabama.
Kayla Freeman, whose sister plays for Appalachian State, is a 6-foot forward from Madison Co. High School in Danielsville, Ga. She is joined by fellow Peach-Stater 5-foot-10 wing Ka'Vonne Towns of Berkmar High School in Lilburn. The two were teammates on the Georgia Elite U16 squad that won a state championship in May.
Freeman earned Banner-Herald all-area honors last season with a double-double average of 13.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
"Kayla's athletic and has a strong build, similar to a Shanara Hollinquest," Moore said. "I'm not saying she's there as far as a player, but she's got the same build."
Towns was named a Region 8-AAAAA first team all-region player and averaged 9.7 points, 4.7 steals and 4.5 rebounds for Berkmar last year.
"We're very excited about Ka'Vonne. She a very strong guard and athletic; something I think we lost with the graduation of Jenaya Wade-Fray."
Kelsee Cheek, a 5-11 guard from Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord, N.C., was a South Piedmont Conference Player of the Year last season after averaging 20 points per game. She became the first player in Concord history to reach the 1,000-point mark.
"Kelsee is a good size guard who can shoot the "3"," Moore said. "She plays the point in high school and can handle the ball."
6-foot forward Ashley Southern helped lead her Deshler High School team of Tuscumbia, Ala., to the Class 4A state championship game last season and was named to the All-tournament team. She averaged more than 20 points per game and pulled down an average of 12.4 rebounds per game last year.
"Ashley can step out and shoot the three, has a nice jump shot and she does a great job on the boards.
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