Former McAlester Lady Buff LaKeisha Johnson, now playing for the Eastern Oklahoma State College Lady Mountaineers, shoots a free throw during Eastern’s win over Neosho, Mo. during the Eastern Classic at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester Nov. 17. Johnson is currently playing in her first year for the Lady Mountaineers after taking some time off the court when her high school career ended. Also pictured for the Lady Mountaineers are Laura Duncan (14) from Edmond Memorial and Hollye Jernigen, right, from Indianola.

The Lady Mountaineers have a lot of new faces this season. They have only returned four players from last year’s team.

One of the new faces for Eastern’s women is former McAlester Lady Buff LaKeisha Johnson. Johnson is p;aying her first year of college basketball after taking some time off right out of high school.

Johnson says she dedided to join the team because the addition of her game to the team would be a benefit to a lineup that has been plagued with injures and graduated a number of inside players.

“I’m a freshman, basketball wise and a sophomore academically,” Johnson said. “I figured I could help the team because they lost four of their post players who were sophomores on last year’s team.”

Johnson admitted that she hasn’t spent a lot of the time on the court since she graduated high school.

“It has been pretty rough getting back,” she said. “I’m coming back slowly.”

Lady Mountaineers head coach Clyde Wooldridge said that Johnson came to him about joining the team.

“Keisha has got a lot of energy,” Wooldridge said. “Defensively she’s pretty good, she is working hard and she wants to play a lot. Overall, she is doing a good job for us.”

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