Gadsden State sophomore point guard Lacey Buchanon who led the Lady Cardinals with a scoring average of 18.2 points per game was named was recently named National Junior College Athletic Association(NJCAA) All-American. She was the only player from Alabama selected for the honor. A 2012 Jacksonville High graduate, Buchanon finished the season first in the ACCC and in the top ten in the nation for assists averaging five per game. She had a total of 166 assists while scoring 600 points for the Cardinals.
In March, Buchanon was named Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Region XXII and North Division 2014 Player of the Year while also being named to the All-Region and All-North Division first teams. Last summer, she was chosen as one of 50 players from across the country to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Star Weekend in Florida. Buchanon plans to continue her athletic career as a student-athlete at Troy University this fall.
Cardinal coach John Butts commented, “Post season awards such as this are a great compliment to any student-athlete. For us to have the only player named from the state makes it very special for our program. Lacey has accomplished some wonderful things for us the last two years and we are extremely proud of her. We know she’ll do great at the next level and wish her much success in the future.”
Buchanon was joined by teammates Taylor Adams of Scottsboro and Sarah Garner of Piedmont in receiving ACCC Region XXII postseason honors. Adams was named to the All-Region second team and North Division first team. Garner was named to the Region XXII All-Tournament team along with Adams and Buchanon. The Lady Cardinals finished the season with a 28-6 record and made it to the conference title game. Buchanon, a point guard for the Lady Cardinals, finished the season with a scoring average of 18.2 points per game as she scored 600 points. In addition, she was first in the ACCC and in the top ten in the nation for assists averaging five per game and completing the season with a total of 166 assists.
Adams has signed a scholarship to attend attending Shorter University. “We are extremely proud of our ladies both on and off the court. They had a tremendous season,” said Mike Cancilla, Gadsden State athletic director.