#4 St. Frances 24-2 (Baltimore, MD)


No. Name Ht. Position Year
1 Jaquata Scott 5-4 Guard Senior
2 Tanira McClurkin 5-5 Guard Senior
3 Shatyra Hawkes 5-3 Guard Junior
4 Alice Abiya 5-11 Forward Senior
5 Recarday Bennett 5-5 Guard Sophomore
12 Deanna Harmon 5-6 Guard Junior
14 Alex Brown 5-6 Guard Sophomore
21 Tasia Bristow 5-6 Guard Junior
22 Tionne Evans 5-7 Guard/Forward Junior
25 Briana Hutchen 5-10 Guard/Forward        
31 Kawaun Tyson 5-9 Forward Senior
32 Imani Kassama 5-10 Forward Junior
42 Deara Parker 5-6 Forward Freshman
44 Raizel Benn 5-11 Forward/Center Senior
55 Sophy Ngobeni 6-2 Center Senior

Head Coach: Jerome Shelton — 22nd year at St. Frances

Shatyra Hawkes

Hawkes spearheads the Panthers’ guard-oriented offense. The shortest player on the team is also the leading scorer at 16 points per game. She also averages four assists and four steals. The combo guard was named to the All-IAAM first team.

Briana Hutchen

Hutchen averages a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. The All-IAAM first team selection has developed into a deadly perimeter player. She has also become a relentless rebounder.

Deanna Harmon

Harmon can play both the point and shooting guard positions. Her transition speed in the open court combined with her penetrating mentality makes her a constant threat. Also an excellent defender, Harmon averages nine points and four steals per game.

St. Frances went undefeated in the Baltimore Catholic League, setting the tone with superb backcourt speed. Along the way, the Panthers earned wins against some of Maryland’s premier teams (Arundel, Western, Holy Cross and Bishop McNamara). The Panthers beat eventual IAAM champion Seton keough (Baltimore, Md.) twice during the regular season before losing to Keough in the IAAM championship. A possible rematch is at stake at the National High School Invitational.

Every year coach Jerome Shelton chooses a different team slogan. This season Shelton adopted Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers' mantra, "ubuntu," which means collective success.

St. Frances features two players from Africa: Sophy Ngobeni is from South Africa and Alice Abiya hails from Cameroon.

From 2003-08, the Panthers won six straight IAAM championships.