Effingham County High School

Letter of intent serves ECHS’ Johnson well

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April 13, 2016

By Patrick Donahue

With a scholarship offer in hand from Central Georgia Technical College, basketball won out for Effingham County High School senior Sha’Quira Johnson. Johnson signed a letter of intent Friday morning to attend the Macon-based junior college where she will suit up for the Titans. “I am very excited, said the 5-foot-9 Johnson. “I’ve been waiting on a scholarship and glad I got that and basketball at that. Scholarship and graduating, that’s a big thing. Johnson was named the best server on the 2015 ECHS volleyball team. On the basketball court, Johnson averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. She also averaged 1.2 steals and a block each game. She posted a career-high 23 points in a Region 3-AAAAA tournament win over Richmond Hill. “I am very proud of Shaquira, said Lady Rebels coach Katy Fleming. “She has done an outstanding job this year. We started off a little rocky as I’ve often said, but once we got on the same page, she and I got along very well. I am just so proud she chose basketball over volleyball, because I knew she could do it in volleyball as well. I was excited when she chose basketball. Fleming recalled CGTC coach Antonio Harris approaching her after a game in the Washington County Christmas Tournament. “He said, ‘coach, coach I have two packets here for you and I’d like for you to give them to Shaquira Johnson and Ari Bartley. I really liked what they did, and I would like to have them come play for me,’ she said. “You should have seen the looks on their faces when I went into that locker room and congratulated them on getting that packet. Johnson averaged 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore and as her game improved, so did her numbers. “I think I’ve gotten a lot better, she said. At CGTC, Johnson may play shooting guard. For now, getting an offer with graduation barely a month away also has its benefits. “It was close to home, that’s the big thing, she said. “It feels really good, actually.

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