The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball program has finalized their roster and coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season with the addition of three players and hiring of Chelsea Faulhauber. The final three signees include Paula Greene of Bisop Michael Eldon High School in Freeport, Bahamas, Savannah Norfleet of Evanston Township High School in Illinois, and Allisyn Rhone from Warrensburg High School.
Greene, a 6-2 forward, was named the 2017 Player of the Year in the Bahamas as she averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, and over two blocks per game as a senior. She was formerly a member of the Junior National Team for the Bahamas.
“Paula is still a little raw, but she has tremendous potential,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “She already has the ability to affect the game with her rebounding and shot blocking skills and I am looking forward to see how she grows offensively. There is obviously an adjustment period anytime you add freshmen, and sometimes that adjustment period takes a little longer for international players, but having Anisha (George) to learn from will definitely benefit her.”
Norfleet, a 5-9 guard, will provide added depth for the Greyhound Women in the back court and signed with MACC after originally committing to Akron University in the Mid-American Conference. She was rated as the #85 point guard prospect in the country according to ESPN Hoopgurlz for the Class of 2017. Norfleet did not play her senior season at Evanston Township High School in order to concentrate on her academics, but as a junior she helped lead the Wildkits to a 23-6 record as they finished the season as the 14th ranked team in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A poll.
“Savannah sees the floor extremely well and has range that extends well beyond the three point line,” said Killinger. “She is long and athletic, but will still be able to improve in some areas as we head into the upcoming season. It definitely helps to add another player that can play multiple positions and we’re looking forward to working with her and pushing her to maximize her potential.”
Rhone, a 5-2 guard, had originally signed with NJCAA Division II Guildford Tech, who went 31-4 last season and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament, however a coaching change led her to re-open her recruitment. During her senior season at Warrensburg High School she was named the Johnson County Player of the Year, as well as All-Conference, All-District, and KMZU Dream Team.
“Alli is a hard worker who can contribute in a variety of ways,” said Killinger. “She can handle the ball, knock down shots, and will keep our pace where we want it. Some people were probably concerned about her size, but that’s never been an issue with me and I’m interested in seeing how she continues to develop while facing quality competition on a daily basis.”
Faulhaber recently began her duties as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball program, replacing former assistant Joi Walker, who accepted a position on the women’s basketball staff at Mississippi Valley State University. Faulhaber previously served as a varsity assistant coach at Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she graduated from Spartanburg High School, Faulhaber was named All-State as she averaged 15.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game her senior year. She was the Region III-4A Player of the Year and was selected to both the North-South and Spartanburg vs. Greenville FCA All-Star Games.
Faulhaber began her collegiate playing career at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University in Florida before transferring to Johnson C. Smith University, an NCAA Division II program located in Charlotte. She started in 23 contests over a two-year period before injuries led her to begin pursuing her coaching career as a senior. Faulhaber also competed on the volleyball team during her time at JCSU.
“I’m excited to add Chelsea to our staff,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “Her past experiences as a player at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels will provide our players with another great resource on what it takes to be successful. It’s obvious that she has a passion for basketball and I look forward to working with her.”
Faulhaber, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from Johnson C. Smith, will also serve as the Women’s Dorm Supervisor as part of her duties at MACC.