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Southwestern Reels in Brittany Griffin

LET'S SHAKE ON IT: Brittany Griffin is embraced as a Lady Lion by Head Coach Arlon Beadles and veteran Assistant Coach Jacob Rodriguez. Her Rockwall Christian prep coach, Steven Turner, is on the left. Photo by Julieta Chiquillo. WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Veteran Arlon Beadles has built a respected career with his fundamental but gentle approach with players. He recently announced the signing of future player who will be counted on to help ease the loss of several current seniors.

In fact, the Lady Lions, who have been ranked all season, will have to replace three senior starters who have enjoyed a stellar career. Chelsea Jones, a 5-foot-8 All-American small forward, and guards Stephanie Hawkins, Heather Jefferson and Rachel Harris, have paved the way for a new cast of hoopsters on the campus at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Coach Beadles was pleased to officiate as Brittany Griffin signed her National Letter of Intent to suit up for the SAGU Lady Lions in the fall. Griffin is a 5’11 senior at Rockwall Christian High School.

Brittany Griffin, Rockwall Christian, senior forward

The forward is averaging 25 points per game and registers 15 rebounds per outing for the Lady Warriors basketball team. Under Head Coach Steven Turner, Griffin was named the Newcomer of the Year and garnered All-District honors as a junior for Rockwall Christian. The school competes as a member of TAPPS, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools), led by Athletic Director Caleb Palmer.

“Brittany will give us much needed rebounding,” Beadles said last month. “She is a very mobile player who has a nice jump shot. Brittany is a wonderful student and Christian young lady. We are very happy to have her on our basketball team.”

Griffin, who also runs on the track team and plays fast-pitch softball, is an excellent student as well.

About the SAGU Purple Pride

LET'S SHAKE ON IT: Brittany Griffin is embraced as a Lady Lion by Head Coach Arlon Beadles and veteran Assistant Coach Jacob Rodriguez. Her Rockwall Christian prep coach, Steven Turner, is on the left. Photo by Julieta Chiquillo. Southwestern, 24-8 and 25-8 the past two seasons, has finished second to Langston University in the 12-team Red River Athletic Conference each year. In the process, SAGU punched their ticket to national respectability with a disciplined brand of defense that has been highly effective.

The two rivals will play twice this season, including this Saturday, January 22, in Waxahachie. The 5:30pm tipoff will be broadcast - via streaming - in high definition on the internet and on iPhones. Both teams are 13-4 and ranked nationally in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll.

Coach Beadles and a package of zone defenses have ranked in the top ten for three straight seasons. The Lady Lions’ offense is the perfect fit for its defensive strategy. SAGU’s precision, halfcourt offense is one of the best in the RRAC and whose shooting percentage and three-point efficiency rates high in the NAIA as well.

The Lions are reloading with talented players. Griffin is one of several with elevated offensive skills.