Lady Chargers enter 2022 season with veteran advantage

Brandon Dyer, Sports Editor & Podcast Host

The 2021 season was one to remember for the Lady Chargers.

They were just shy of winning the GCAA championship, but were still able to secure a spot in the NJCAA national tournament by impressing the selection committee. 

The Lady Chargers would win their first game in the NJCAA tournament before falling in the second round to South Plains, the fourth overall seed in the tournament.

Usually, new faces would come in to replace some of the talent lost, but the Lady Chargers are returning six of their biggest contributors from last season.

The Lady Chargers come into the season ranked twelfth in the NJCAA national poll.



#1 Jamariah Turner

#3 Sandra Lin

#4 Jashanti Simmons

#5 Naz Oget

#10 O’Mariyah Tucker

#11 Jada Alston

#14 Rita Kun

#15 Sasha Shishnika

#24 Crystal Corley

#32 Jenee Edwards

Head Coach: Brandan Harrell

Asst. Coach: Consuelo “NaeNae” Sexton

Asst. Coach: Eric Burkhalter


Biggest Advantage

This team is full of veterans, so it is easy to say that the team’s biggest strength is veteran leadership. 

The returning lineup of Sandra Lin, Jashanti Simmons, Sasha Shishkina, O’Maryiah Tucker and Jada Alston should be enough for the Lady Chargers to make a run for the NJCAA national tournament again this season.


Biggest Weakness

The biggest weakness of this team is the same as it was last season: size.

The Lady Chargers have players throughout their lineup that can rebound well, but there isn’t someone that could provide a good height advantage for them.

They made it work last season, so maybe they can put together enough rebounds this season to get further in the tournament.


Biggest Question

Can the Lady Chargers finally get past the South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets? 

The past three seasons, the Lady Chargers have been in the GCAA Championship Game, but every time they have lost to their rival, the Lady Jets.

It isn’t a one-sided affair either, with the Lady Chargers taking the Lady Jets to overtime last season in their championship matchup.

All roads are again leading to a repeat of the matchup again in the GCAA Championship Game according to the preseason NJCAA national poll, which has the two teams highly ranked.

If the Lady Chargers can find a way to get over that challenge, it could serve as a huge confidence booster for everyone involved in the program.