Wade signs with Lander University

Published 10:21 am Thursday, April 12, 2012

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Lady Cats point guard Briana Wade signs a basketball scholarship with Lander University on Wednesday, as her family and coaches observe. Shown are: seated, left to right, Wade’s sister Alisha Wade, who is holding her 15-month-old cousin Quinton Berrington, her mother Bridgett Wade, Wade and her brother Nicolas Wade; back row, left to right, Bainbridge head girls basketball coach Kelvin Cochran, left, and Bainbridge head boys basketball coach Rickey McCullough.

Bainbridge High School Lady Cats first team All-Region 1-AAAA point guard Briana Wade signed a basketball scholarship Wednesday with the Lander University Lady Bearcats of Greenwood, S.C., who play in the Peach Belt Conference.

Wade, who Bainbridge girls coach Kelvin Cochran describes as being “like a coach on the court,” averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game.

“Briana would come down the court and set up everything for us,” Cochran said. “She is a strong ball handler and shooter.”

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Cochran also praised Wade for her great leadership and adaptability.

“This was my first season as Briana’s head coach, and as a senior leader the other players really looked up to her,” Cochran said. “I put in some new things and she really adapted to them well.”

Looking on as Wade signed in the BHS gymnasium’s hospitality room were her mother Bridgett Wade, her sister Alisha Wade, her brother Nicolas, her 15-month-old cousin Quinton Barrington, Cochran and Bainbridge boys coach Rickey McCullough.

Lander girls coach Kevin Peberson, reached by phone, said he thought Wade had unlimited potential.

“I saw Briana play in a holiday tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., and was very impressed,” Peberson said. “She is a great kid and a very talented player who will even get better. We are very excited to have her joining our program.”