We are in the thick of March Madness with the Final Four set to tip off this Saturday. So in keeping with the same theme, we wanted to highlight four female basketball standouts from right here on the Gulf Coast that you need to know.
Second on our list of who's who is senior shooting guard/small forward Shauntai Battle from McGill-Toolen.
The 5'9" Mobile native was born to be a baller. Shauntai's father, Ronnie Battle, is a former Auburn basketball icon who was All-SEC from 1990-1993, he scored 1,916 points overall for the Tigers landing him on the all-time scoring list, and is second in 3-point percentage with .423; additionally, her mother, Shaundra Battle, played basketball in high school and signed to play volleyball at Auburn University. However, Shauntai is still undecided where she will continue her basketball career, but she has received a number of scholarship offers.
While with the Yellow Jackets under the Coastal Alabama Coach of the Year, Carla Berry, Shauntai averaged 18 points and six rebounds a game with 75 steals tallied. She was also named Tournament MVP during the Class 7A South Regional in Dothan where she scored a game-high 21 points scraping by Davidson 39-35 to advance to the semifinals in Birmingham.
Shauntai's recognition continues with her invitation to participate in the Georgia-Alabama All-Star game this weekend. The first-team Class 7A All-State selection led the Yellow Jackets to their third straight Final Four appearance and represented the South in Alabama's North-South All-Star game. She also made AL.com's Super All-State girl's basketball team which selects the state's best athletes.
As the only returning starter for the Yellow Jackets from the 2016 Class 7A runnerup team, Shauntai led McGill to a 27-7 season record this year.
Stay tuned for Part Three of our four part story!