GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Women’s basketball has inked two standouts who will join the team in the fall.

Former Franklin County High School guard Ashli Mayes is transferring to GC from NCAA Division I Samford, while Shelby Beam from Arab, Ala.,  joins Coach Andrea McCloskey’s Georgetown Tigers as a true freshman.

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Ashli Mayes with family and coach

The 5-foot-10 Mayes signed with Samford after her 2012 graduation from FCHS. She saw a lot of action as a freshman for the Bulldogs. In 24 games, she averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. She had a career-high 11 points, five rebounds and three assists at SEC foe Auburn University.

“Ashli brings not only talent, but leadership to this team,” said GC’s McCloskey. “She is a combo guard with a lot of grit in her play both inside and outside the paint. Ashli’s hunger for the game is contagious and will be very exciting to watch next season.”

Ashli continued to see action during her sophomore year but more sparingly and decided it was time for a change.

“It felt like God was calling me back here to finish my education strong and be able to play in front of my family,” Mayes said recently. “When I made my announcement that it was Georgetown, it was my grandfather – who has been like a hero to me – that got emotional a bit and was so happy to have me 20 minutes away from him where he could watch me play again.”

Nothing was better than being in her own backyard, a place where she had so much success.

Mayes scored 1,404 points and grabbed 760 rebounds in her first three years of high school. An unfortunate knee injury sidelined her for the senior season. In three years, the guard had 26 double-doubles.

The Flyers were three-time 41st District Champions and runner-up during Mayes senior season and finished with an 86-43 record. They advanced to the 11th Region tournament all four years, reaching the semifinals and finals once.

Individually, Mayes was named All-County MVP as a junior and was a four-time All-County team member. As a senior she was honored with FCHS’ team’s Sportsmanship Award.

The guard was heavily recruited by many Mid-South Conference teams, but when it came down to it Georgetown felt like home.

“This program, Coach McCloskey, my teammates, this school, it is all just the right fit,” Mayes said.

Shelby Beam is a 5-foot-8 shooting guard.

“Shelby is a great shooter from all areas on the floor,” said Coach McCloskey. “She does a great job of distributing the basketball to her teammates and hustles for the loose balls.”

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Shelby Beam is surrounded by family as she signs

Those are several key components to the three seniors McCloskey just graduated. The Tigers lost a lot of point production as well as the school’s all-time assist leader in the 2013 class.

Beam scored 1,112 points in her four seasons for Arab High School. The guard finished with 619 total rebounds along with 201 steals and 187 assists. She averaged 9.8 points and had 5.5 rebounds per game. Her final three years of high school, she was averaging double-digits, her highest at 11 ppg her sophomore season.

Arab tallied one Marshall County (Ala.) Championship, two area championships, one area runner-up, three sub-region championships, three Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite 8 finishes during Beam’s career.

“Shelby is a great addition to the team because not only is she a hard worker on the court, but also in the classroom,” McCloskey said.

Georgetown’s women’s basketball program has a tradition of excelling at both. The Tigers finished the 2013 campaign with a Top 10 ranking and receiving the highest seed in program history to the national tournament as well as having four NAIA Daktronic Scholar Athletes.

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