NECC Women’s Basketball Adds Seven Players

NECC Women’s Basketball Adds Seven Players
August 2nd, 2021 | NECC Athletics

NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Head Women’s Basketball Coach Matt Svehla recently announced the addition of seven newcomers to the Northeast women’s basketball team for the 2021-22 school year. 

Jaydy Gonzalez | 5-8 | Guard | Denver, Colo. 

Gonzalez prepped at Denver North High School and was named Team Captain and Team MVP. As a senior, she averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while being named Second Team All-City. 

“Jaydy is a perimeter player who had a good high school career. She is a solid athlete who can play both ends of the court and she is a capable scorer. She would be considered a two or three position player and she has the ability to shoot the deep 3-pointer.” 

Alexis Bliven | 5-5 | Guard | Holdrege, Neb. 

Bliven joins the Hawks from Holdrege High School where she was a three-sport letterwinner in softball and basketball and a four-year letterwinner in track and field. She earned All-Conference and All-State honors in softball and track and field and was the Class ‘B’ long jump state champion. She was a member of the National Honor Society and NCPA Academic All-State. 

“Alexis is a very good athlete. She was a state track qualifier in the sprints, and she was the Class ‘B’ state champion in the long jump. Her athleticism, coupled with the ability to shoot the 3-pointere allows her to impact a game in a variety of ways.” 

Tiffani Hamm | 5-11 | Forward | Aubrey, Texas 

Hamm played for Braswell High School and Team Takeover during the summer. She brings versatility to play either the guard or forward position for the Hawks. 

“Tiffani is a versatile player who can play the perimeter, but also the ability to get things done around the basket. At 5-foot-11, she brings good length and she has the skills to score in a variety of ways.” 

Destiny Epps | 5-5 | Point Guard | Philadelphia, Pa. 

Epps joins the Hawks from West Catholic High School where she helped her team to a 22-7 record.  

“Destiny is a point guard who has explosiveness and the ability to score. Whether we are in transition or playing in the half court, Destiny can be effective. She can create her own shot and she has the ability to shoot the deep 3-pointer.” 

Marta Pons | 5-9 | Guard | Seville, Spain 

Pons was named the Sevilla MVP in the Cadet category and was part of the Seville championship teams for two seasons. 

“Marta is a versatile perimeter player who is most suited to play the two or three position. She shoots the 3-pointer pretty well, but she has good length and get things done inside the arc as well. Marta had great success at the international level.” 

Alyssa Crosgrove | 5-7 | Guard | Ponca, Neb. 

Crosgrove guided her team to three district championships and two runner-up finishes at the state basketball tournament. She was named All-Conference three times and All-State Honorable Mention. 

“Alyssa is a player who has played the point-guard position for her high school team and helped lead her team to a state runner-up finish. She has a good basketball IQ and she has been a leader for a winning program.” 

Autumn Dickmander | 5-7 | Guard | Big Springs, Neb. 

Dickmander joins the Hawks from South Platte High School in Big Springs, Neb. She was a 1,000 career-point scorer for the Knights and was a Class ‘D1’ Second Team All-State selection by the Omaha World-Herald. She was named an MAC All-Conference and All-Area selection in basketball all four years. She earned All-Area Player of the Year three times and was MVP twice. She was a member of the MAC All-Conference All-Academic team in basketball, volleyball and track and field, while being named the Female Athlete of the Year as a junior. She won the Tri-Honor Award, was a member of the All-Academic Honor Roll and the National Honor Society. 

“We are really excited that Autumn has committed to play for us. She can play the point-guard position and the two-guard position. She brings a competitive approach to the court and she was instrumental in South Platte High School reaching the state tournament for the first time in school history. Autumn is a 1,000 career-point scorer and led her team in assists.” 

“I am excited about our new signees,” Svehla said. “They each bring good things to our team and they are high-character people. I would expect them to be important contributors to our Northeast basketball program.” 

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