POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Head coach Scotty Fletcher and his staff are continuing to build Pearl River's women's basketball roster for the 2019-20 season. On Tuesday, the Lady Wildcats announced the signings of Allanah Turner of West Harrison High in Gulfport and Brianna Holmes of Mendenhall.
Turner and Holmes join a 2019 signing class that already includes Leake County's Otashae Burrage, Hahnville, Louisiana's Chardeidra Madison, Moss Point's Brieanna Miller and Oak Grove's Alesha Temple.
Holmes was a high-end scorer from an early age. After averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman and earning a spot on the All-Region 5-4A squad, the 5-foot-11 Holmes scored 20 points with 10 rebounds the very next season. Despite being injured for much of her junior season, Holmes still scored 18 points with eight rebounds as a junior. This season, Holmes really took a step forward, scoring at a 23 point-per-game clip with eight rebounds. She was named the 5-4A MVP as well as the River City Showcase MVP. Two of Holmes best performances this season came in 43- and 20-point showings against McComb.
"Brianna Holmes is a versatile post player who also has some guard skills," Fletcher said. "She comes from a great family and she fits our culture and identity as a person and as a player. We were really impressed with her hands and how she catches every ball thrown to her or in her area.
"She is also a good finisher. We have made a strong effort to improve our depth at our interior and post play and she certainly adds to that depth."
The 5-foot-7 Turner will bring a special blend of athleticism and scoring touch to Fletcher's squad.
Turner averaged 18 points per game as a junior and senior, collecting 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a junior and then 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior.
The former Lady Hurricane has an impressive collection of accolades from her prep career. She was twice named the Region 8-5A Offensive Player of the Year. She was also a three time WHHS MVP and South Mississippi All-Star Game participant. Turner was named to the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team twice and also competed in the Pearl River Community College All-Star game twice.
"Allanah is an extremely quick and athletic guard. She is a high level athlete who had a track scholarship to Mississippi State and I believe her best basketball is ahead of her," Fletcher said. "She can create her own shot and does a really good job of pushing the ball in transition which is an area of need for us.
"We are beyond excited about her future as a Lady Wildcat and think she will complement our other returning guards."
Pearl River's basketball programs have several events planned for the summer.
The girls junior varsity and varsity shootout is set for June 13 and 20 with a $35 team entry fee per game. The boys shootout will be June 12 and 19.
The skills camp will be at 10 a.m. until noon on June 17-18. The camp is for children ages 6-18 with a cost of $25.
For more information, contact Fletcher at 256-399-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.