Cottey College basketball signs four new players

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cottey College athletic director and head basketball coach Dave Ketterman pushed his total of new signees up to eight with the addition of four new names to the list.

Joining earlier signees Linsey Denney, Machela VanGennip, Emily Allen and Alyssa Jones on next year's team will be Caley Shaffstall, Emily Ashley, Leiani Tautiepa and Ciera Wong. Those eight players will join returning letterwinners Cassie Hale, Caryli Ingles and Kat Zumalt on the 2013-14 Comets squad.

Shaffstall is a Metro Academy product, from Kansas City. She is a 5-foot. 8-inch guard and the daughter of Kevin and Teresa Shaffstall.

She is a three-time National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship All-American and was selected to the NCHBC All-Tournament team three times. She was a top-16 finalist for the CBS Sports 2012 3-point Shootout.

Shaffstall was the leading scorer and 3-point shooter in the 2011 Miss Basketball Showcase, in Kearney, Neb., playing for the Kansas Elite AAU squad. She was the 2012 Max Preps leading 3-point shooter in Kansas with 116 treys, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Shafstall was the fourth leading scorer and sixth leading free throw shooter in the state of Kansas. She finished her high school career with 2,123 points on 41 percent overall field-goal shooting, 336 3-pointers on 36 percent, had 15.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Ashley is a Pierce City High School graduate and a 5-5 guard. She is the daughter of Jon and Joni Ashley.

She was an All-District and All-Conference selection in the Spring River Valley Conference and was an integral part of district and conference championship teams. Ashley was a multi-sport athlete, qualifying for the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships three times in a total of five different events and was a four-time All-District and All-Conference selection as a softball outfielder.

She finished her high school basketball career with 11 points, five assists, three steals and 3.5 rebound per game.

Tautiepa hails from Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, in Auckland, New Zealand She is a 5-8 guard who can provide some versatility in Ketterman's lineup, playing all three guard positions.

Tautiepa is the daughter of Allen and Margaret Tautiepa and played for the under-18 National team in New Zealand.

Wong is a Johnson High School graduate, from San Antonio, Texas. She is a 5-4 guard and the daughter of Richard and Evonne Wong.

She is a combo guard with the ability to make shots from beyond the arc. During her high school career, Wong played for the San Antonio Fusion AAU squad.

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