Rowe adds 3 new faces to Lee roster
by Lee Sports Information
Nov 27, 2013 | 402 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lee women’s basketball coach Marty Rowe took a major step toward replacing five senior members of his 2013-14 team when he announced the signing of Emileigh Swafford (Meigs County High School), Erin Walsh (Bearden High School) and Carrie Cheeks (Sonoraville High School, Ranger, Ga.).

“We feel like we’ve have really signed three exciting players that can step in right away and help our team,” said Rowe. “All three had (NCAA) Division I offers. We obviously think this is a class that we can certainly build around in the future.”

Emileigh Swafford averaged 24 points per game, eight rebounds and more than three assists as a junior for coach Jason Powell’s Meigs County team. She has poured in 1,527 career points.

“Emileigh will remind people a lot of Jan (Dodson-Spangler) in the way she looks and the way she moves on the court,” pointed out Rowe. “We think she is going to be versatile and can play three positions (the 2, 3 and 4 spots) which is what we’re always looking for. She is a great scorer with a terrific upside.”

Swafford has been all-district regular season and district all-tournament three times. She was a member of the All-Area Times Free Press team 2012-13, and also a three-time regional all-tournament performer.

“I selected Lee because I love the coaches and the team,” Swafford said. “They were good to follow me and travel the distance through my AAU summers. They have always continued to show interest and their support. Western Carolina and the Naval Academy were my other top two considerations.”

Erin Walsh shot 43 percent from the field and made 86 percent of her free throws for coach Justin Underwood’s Bearden club. She also pulled down five rebounds, and as a junior was named the District 4AAA and Prep Extra Player of the Year. Erin was named to the Class AAA All-State team.

“Erin is long and athletic with a terrific motor,” noted Rowe. “She’s one of the best shooters in the state of Tennessee and we think as she matures physically, she has a chance to be special. Erin is great student and is just a perfect fit for how we play.”

Carrie Cheeks averaged 16 points per game and over nine rebounds for coach Stephanie Caudell at Sonoraville High. She averaged three blocks per game and shot 54 from the field. She begins per senior year with 973 points and 707 career rebounds.

Cheeks was named to the GACA (Ga. Athletic Coaches Association) All-State team. She was first-team all-region, and selected to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps squad. She also landed a spot on the Atlanta Journal Constitution all-state second team.

“Carrie is long and athletic and plays with great energy,” Rowe said. “She is coming off an all-state volleyball career, so we think when she solely concentrates on basketball, she has a chance to be special. She can score with both hands and is a very good defender already.”