College of Coastal Georgia’s women’s basketball team added three new pieces to its 2017 recruiting class with three south Georgia prep standouts: Quira Porter, Tikarra Benoit and Kirondria Smith.
Porter is a 5-foot-11 center from Calvary Day in Savannah. In the 2016-17 season averaged 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, helping lead the the Cavaliers to a Region 3-A runner-up finish.
“Quira is a strong, athletic player with loads of potential,” Mariners head coach Rodger Hodge said. “Her ability to battle on the interior will serve our program well throughout her career.”
Benoit is a 5-foot-10 forward from Northside High School in Warner Robins. Benoit made the Region 1-6A second team in her senior season, averaging 11 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocks.
“Tikarra meant a great deal to our team,” said Northside head coach Ashleigh Fox. “She’s very versatile in that she can guard guards and post players and she can move. She played the point of our 1-3-1 and also the point of our diamond press.”
Smith is a 5-foot-7 guard from Perry High School. She totaled 1,410 points in her prep career. She averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 assists as a senior. She led Perry in scoring in 2015 and 2017. She received several accolades in her senior season, including 4A first team All-State by the South Georgia Coaches Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and first team all-region.
“She is a versatile scorer who can really shoot the (three) and can play every perimeter position,” Hodge said. “Her length and athleticism make her a very effective defender as well.”
Porter, Benoit and Smith bring the Lady Mariner’s recruiting class of 2017 to 11 players.