April 24, 2006
Ashburn -- The ABAC women's basketball team advanced to the conference championship game each of the past two seasons.
Not bad for a team that was started from scratch just six years ago.
Today Turner County senior Laura Daniels signing on to play for ABAC, and the Fillies are happy to add some local talent to the roster.
ABAC head coach Julie Conner says adding local players is great for her team.
"It's a great thing to get a South Georgia girl who can make a difference in our program."
Daniels says, "I like the way their basketball program works. The team itself is really friendly. They had a hard workout, I gave it my all, and next year I'll be attending ABAC."
Conner says they work hard to bring in the local talent.
"There's a lot of girls out there who can really play, and just need a chance. I'm excited. It's great for the community, and they can come out and see people they know."
Daniels says she never thought about playing college ball until recently.
She averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds a game for Turner County last year, and says making the jump is a great feeling.
"It feels good. I really didn't expect to play basketball after high school, but it feels really good knowing I tried out, and (Coach Conner) liked me, and I got to sign." T
Turner County head coach Chris Ray says, "I think she can get in there and just continue doing what she's been doing, and she'll be fine."
ABAC will return just 2 starters next season, and Daniels is looking to make a big impact.
"I hope to get a lot of playing time."
Conner adds, "She's athletic, so I think that can help her move into a lot of different spots."
Ray says having a player move on to the next level is always a great feeling.
"Makes me feel like I'm their father, and I don't even have any kids."
Laura Daniels scored 24 points in her final game at Turner County.