Newberry Academy standout among new women’s hoops players


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College women’s basketball team has added five new players to its roster for the 2016-17 season, including local stand-out Andie Getz from Newberry Academy.

Sean Page, head basketball coach at Newberry College, made the announcement.

Getz is a 6-foot-1 forward/center from Newberry and a graduate of Newberry Academy, where she was an All-Region and All-State player. She led the Eagles to the SCISA Championship and was named Regional Player of the Year.

During her career at Newberry Academy, she scored 1,105 points and was also named Class Valedictorian in 2016. She averaged 11.5 points per game in her junior year in 15 games. In her senior season, Getz averaged 12.8 points per game in 19 games. Getz will add both depth and size to the Wolves backcourt.

Piper Goldie is a 5-foot-6 point guard from Rowville, Victoria, Australia. A true point guard from Australia who is a proven winner and leader, Goldie led Rowville Sports Academy High School to an undefeated season in 2012, including back-to-back-to-back championships from 2012-14.

In 2014, her team won the under-18 Victorian State Championship. She recorded 4.2 assists per game in the 2015 Victorian Youth Championship League, and 3.4 assists per game in the 2016 year for the Ringwood Hawks.

Courtney Lyons is a 6-foot-1 guard/forward who also comes from Rowville, Victoria, Australia and is a transfer to Newberry from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. Lyons has gained valuable international playing experience as a member of the Scottish National under-18 team where she led the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game.

She averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 29 games for the Golden Bears at Concordia last year. Lyons also attended Rowville Sports Academy where she won four Australian National High School Championships, including three with fellow signee Piper Goldie.

Lyons was a member of the 2016 Great Britain under-20 squad, as well as the Ringwood Hawks of the Victorian Youth Championship League.

Kierra Mitchell is a 5-foot-8 shooting guard from Orangeburg and transfers to Newberry from Denmark Technical College. Mitchell brings firepower, experience and depth to the Wolves’ backcourt. She is a proven scorer averaging over 20 points per game at Denmark Technical College in 2016.

That made her the nation’s 11th leading scorer in women’s junior college basketball, as she was named a NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention. In the 2015-16 season for Denmark Technical College, Mitchell connected on 46.8 percent of her field goal attempts, including 38 percent from three point range.

Kelsey McDermott is a 5-foot-10 guard/forward from Mackay, Queensland, Australia. Kelsey was a member of the Queensland All-State Team in 2013, 2015 and 2016, in which she competed in the under-16, under-18 and under-20 Australian National Tournament.

In the 2016 tournament, McDermott averaged 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. In three years with the All-State team, she never shot lower than 44 percent from the field. McDermott will have an immediate impact on the program, and should compete for playing time at both guard and forward positions.

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This release was provided by Newberry College.

This release was provided by Newberry College.

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