Sandy's Spiel https://sandysspiel.com The Leader In GHSA Basketball Coverage Tue, 01 Dec 2020 04:42:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://sandysspiel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-SandySpiel-32x32.jpg Sandy's Spiel https://sandysspiel.com 32 32 CTC Classic https://sandysspiel.com/ctc-classic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ctc-classic Tue, 01 Dec 2020 04:42:02 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10804 Cass High School will be host to the CTC Classic on December 5th. The boys only event is presented by Sandy’s Spiel under the Create The Culture branch. CTC hosts fall leagues, showcase camps and men’s leagues throughout the year. Saturday’s event features nine ranked teams with multiple D-I prospects. Masks are highly encouraged and … Continue reading CTC Classic

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CTC Classic

Cass High School will be host to the CTC Classic on December 5th.

The boys only event is presented by Sandy’s Spiel under the Create The Culture branch. CTC hosts fall leagues, showcase camps and men’s leagues throughout the year.

Saturday’s event features nine ranked teams with multiple D-I prospects.

Masks are highly encouraged and fans must leave immediately after the completion of their ticketed game. The gym will be cleared after each session. Maximum capacity is 1,000. There will be 800 tickets available for each game. All-Day passes are $30.

PPV Streaming options will be available as well courtesy of Southland Sports TV

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SESSION I

11 AM – South Paulding vs. Duluth

Notable Prospects

South Paulding
2023 6-4 W Gio Thomas 
2023 6-1 G Jeremiah Taylor 
2021 6-6 F Carrieun Mathis
Duluth
2021 6-3 SG Will Peaks 
2021 6-4 F Tristan Johnson
2021 6-0 G John Durden
2022 5-10 PG Zailan Blue
12:30 PM – Allatoona vs. A-PrivateNo. 3 Mt. Pisgah

Notable Prospects

Allatoona
2021 6-5 W Kevin Taylor
2021 6-6 F Cameron Baldwin
2021 6-5 F Marshall Willingham
2021 6-0 PG Isaiah Logan
Mt. Pisgah
2021 6-4 PG JoJo Peterson (IPFW)
2021 6-7 C Nate Gordon
2021 6-2 CG Chase Tucker 
2022 6-1 CG MJ Winter
2022 6-5 W Kasheem Grady

SESSION II

2:30 PM – Upson-Lee vs. 6ANo. 10 Richmond Hill

Notable Prospects

Upson-Lee
2021 6-2 SG Jykevious Searcy
2021 6-5 F Jareden Kelly
Richmond Hill
2021 6-3 CG Jaeden Marshall
2021 6-0 G Nijajuan Youmans
2021 6-4 W Liam Markgraf
2022 6-5 SG Brayden Baker
2022 6-4 F Leighton Finley
4:00 PM – 7ANo. 8 Cherokee vs. 6ANo. 5 Heritage-Conyers

Notable Prospects

Cherokee
3-star 2021 6-7 F Elijah Tucker (Xavier)
3-star 2021 6-5 CG Taihland Owens
2021 6-4 G Ethan Pickett
2021 6-4 SG Bennett Ulm
2022 6-3 SG DJ Potts-Heard
2023 5-9 PG Tayden Owens
Heritage
4-star 2021 6-5 SG James White (Ole Miss)
3-star 2021 6-4 PG RJ Noord (Elon)
2021 6-3 F Courtney McBride (FAU Football)
2021 6-5 F Dash Boston

SESSION III

6:00 PM – 4ANo. 2 Spencer vs. 5ANo. 8 Cass

Notable Prospects

Spencer
2021 6-0 PG Jaquez Holt
2021 6-1 G Jhalil Parker
2021 5-9 PG Quran Hoskins
2023 6-6 W Tycen McDaniels
2022 6-4 F James Smyre
Cass
2021 6-1 CG Braxton Benham
2021 6-0 G CJ Pipkin
2021 6-3 SG Andrew Glaze
2022 6-6 F Zaylan Chaney
2023 6-2 SG Jelani Hames
7:30 PM – A-PrivateNo. 6 St. Anne-Pacelli vs. A-PrivateNo. 4 Providence Christian

Notable Prospects

St. Anne-Pacelli
2021 6-5 W Travis Harper II
2021 6-3 W Keyshawn Fleetion
2021 5-7 PG Joshua Douglas
2023 5-7 PG Da’shaun Kates
Providence Christian
2021 6-6 W Elijah Williams
2022 6-4 SG Chance Thacker
2022 6-8 PF Tony Carpio

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Week 2 GHSA Girls Basketball State Rankings https://sandysspiel.com/week-2-ghsa-girls-basketball-state-rankings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=week-2-ghsa-girls-basketball-state-rankings Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:18:53 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10796 Class AAAAAAA 1. Collins Hill (3-0) 2. McEachern (0-1) 3. Woodstock (3-0) 4. Cherokee (5-0) 5. Grayson (3-0) 6. West Forsyth (2-0) 7. Archer (3-1) 8. Campbell (2-1) 9. Parkview (3-1) 10. Marietta (3-1) Class AAAAAA 1. Westlake (2-0) 2. Buford (4-0) 3. Carrollton (2-0) 4. Kell (2-0) 5. Langston Hughes (3-1) 6. Lovejoy (2-1) … Continue reading Week 2 GHSA Girls Basketball State Rankings

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Class AAAAAAA

1. Collins Hill (3-0)
2. McEachern (0-1)
3. Woodstock (3-0)
4. Cherokee (5-0)
5. Grayson (3-0)
6. West Forsyth (2-0)
7. Archer (3-1)
8. Campbell (2-1)
9. Parkview (3-1)
10. Marietta (3-1)

Class AAAAAA

1. Westlake (2-0)
2. Buford (4-0)
3. Carrollton (2-0)
4. Kell (2-0)
5. Langston Hughes (3-1)
6. Lovejoy (2-1)
7. Sequoyah (1-0)
8. Grovetown (1-0)
9. Rockdale County (3-0)
10. Cambridge (3-0)

Class AAAAA

1. Forest Park (3-0)
2. Woodward Academy (1-1)
3. Southwest DeKalb (0-0)
4. Cass (2-0)
5. Maynard Jackson (1-1)
6. Griffin (1-1)
7. Loganville (2-1)
8. Hiram (3-1)
9. Tri-Cities (1-0)
10. New Manchester (3-0)

Class AAAA

1. Jefferson (2-1)
2. Troup County (0-2)
3. Luella (3-1)
4. Carver-Columbus (0-2)
5. McDonough (2-0)
6. Spalding (1-0)
7. Marist (3-0)
8. Arabia Mountain (0-0)
9. Druid Hills (0-0)
10. Baldwin (0-0)

Class AAA

1. GAC (0-2)
2. Johnson-Savannah (2-0)
3. Beach (2-0)
4. Cross Creek (0-0)
5. Rockmart (0-0)
6. Stephens County (2-0)
7. Lumpkin County (2-1)
8. Coahulla Creek (2-0)
9. Westminster (1-1)
10. Sandy Creek (3-1)

Class AA

1. Early County (2-0)
2. Washington County (0-0)
3. Rabun County (0-0)
4. Josey (2-1)
5. Vidalia (1-1)
6. Laney (0-0)
7. Northeast-Macon (0-0)
8. Woodville-Tompkins (2-0)
9. Chattooga (0-0)
10. Elbert County (0-0)

Class A-Private

1. Hebron Christian (2-0)
2. St. Francis (3-0)
3. Mt. Paran (2-1)
4. Holy Innocents’ (1-2)
5. Galloway (3-0)
6. Wesleyan (2-0)
7. Greenforest (1-2)
8. ELCA (2-0)
9. Trinity Christian (1-2)
10. Calvary Day (2-0)

Class A-Public

1. Calhoun County (0-0)
2. Greenville (0-0)
3. Clinch County (0-0)
4. Turner County (1-0)
5. Wilcox County (0-0)
6. Central-Talbotton (0-0)
7. GMC (0-0)
8. Lake Oconee Academy (2-0)
9. ECI (0-0)
10. Mitchell County (0-0)

The Parkview Tip-Off Classic nearly single-handedly shifted the state rankings in every classification by itself. Six out of the state’s number one ranked teams were in action with numerous other high-profile programs locking horns in Top 10 duels. It was an early season litmus test to see where some teams were and where others need to get before we head into the new year.In what could have been a true Class 7A state championship preview, No. 1 Collins Hill outlasted No. 2 McEachern 52-51 at the Parkview TOC to earn the top spot in the poll. Old Dominion-signee Eden Sample was errantly fouled on a defensive rebound with 1.2 seconds remaining and split a pair of free throws to seal the game. Delaware State-signee Sianny Sanchez-Oliver hit a shot from half court, but it was slightly after the buzzer. Purdue-bound big Sacha Washington had 10 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks while battling McEachern’s Jillian Hollingshead, the Georgia-signee going for 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in the loss. Freshman Paris Fillingame played key minutes down the stretch for Collins Hill and gave the Eagles 8 big points. The following day, Collins Hill defeated last week’s Class 4A No. 1 Troup County 40-30 in a game that was tied going into the fourth. No. 3 Woodstock got 26 points from Bridget Utberg in a 56-42 win over two-time defending Class 2A state champion Douglass. No. 6 West Forsyth slides two spots to no fault of their own as No. 4 Cherokee and No. 5 Grayson rise with strong wins. The Warriors won their annual meeting with North Forsyth in the GetMickey Raider Classic championship 38-34. Grayson jumps two spots by winning the Dacula Tip-Off Classic. The Rams edged Class 4A No. 3 Luella 56-54 before beating No. 7 Archer 50-37 in the title game, Tylia Kemp scoring 12 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Tournament MVP, South Alabama-signee Nadia Howard tallied 9 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. No. 8 Campbell drilled Opelika, AL 87-59 before losing to Class 5A No. 1 Forest Park at the Parkview TOC 57-38. Out of the poll are Norcross (1-2) and North Paulding (2-1). The Blue Devils lost 60-52 in double overtime to Class 5A No. 7 Loganville to seal their fate while the Wolfpack just haven’t quite clicked yet, beating 0-3 North Gwinnett 44-39 and South Cobb 55-38, who lost by 48 against Marietta. No. 9 Parkview debuts after an impressive showing at the Tip-Off Classic. They hammered Class 2A No. 4 Josey 63-41 showcasing a deep attack led by Birmingham-Southern-commit Lilly Hart’s 18 points. Samford-signee Sussy Ngulefac had 12 points and 8 rebounds while battling foul trouble. Nadya McCown (12), Mayah Watson-Casimir (9) and Joze Baker (7) combined for 28 points. Earlier in the week the Panthers competed as well as one could hope to against Class 6A No. 1 Westlake, losing 74-57. Up next is a tilt with Class 6A No. 2 Buford, another great test. Also into the poll is No. 10 Marietta. The Blue Devils won their Thanksgiving tournament beating Class 5A No. 8 Hiram 60-49. 5-foot-6 junior Chloe Sterling has lifted Marietta to another level with her move to the states. She’s averaging 17.3 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.8 steals. The Blue Devils host rival No. 2 McEachern on Tuesday before an upcoming murder’s row of games.

Class 6A No. 1 Westlake dominated Harrison at the Parkview TOC, 76-35 as the starters played only half the game if that. South Carolina-signee Raven Johnson threw multiple lobs to Ta’Niya Latson throughout the game as the Lions feasted in transition. Latson had 19 points while Johnson finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Virginia Tech-commit Brianna Turnage stayed aggressive on offense as a slasher and poured in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.  No. 2 Buford won the Tabo’s Tip-Off Classic, beating Class 3A No. 7 Lumpkin County 53-40 before holding off host Class 4A No. 1 Jefferson 57-54, the Wolves getting 13 points from Georgia College-signee Ashyia Willis in the win. No. 4 Kell took care of Class A-Private No. 4 Holy Innocents’ 70-58 while No. 5 Langston Hughes slides one spot after a busy week saw the Panthers beat last week’s Class 4A No. 1 Troup County 49-43 at the Parkview TOC as Ta’Mia Stargell and Autumn Phillips scored 11 apiece. Langston Hughes then fell 46-41 to Class A-Private No. 2 St. Francis before winning at Hardaway 57-51. No. 6 Lovejoy moves up after a 57-54 win at Class 4A No. 4 Carver-Columbus. No. 9 Rockdale County is off to a hot start. 5-foot-9 freshman Danielle Carnegie is averaging 16.5 points, 6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4 steals per game. Out of the rankings is Sprayberry (0-1). With 6-foot-2 post Anna Vereen out with a broken finger, Flau’jae Johnson hasn’t been able to carry the load. She was held to 8 points in a 66-41 loss to No. 7 Sequoyah. Cracking the Top 10 is No. 10 Cambridge. The Bears play an aggressive style of full court pressure defense and an open four-out offense with a lot of perimeter passing. 5-foot-11 sophomore Jordynn Dudley is a premier slasher. She had 29 points, 3 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 block in a 51-47 win over Walton while Angelina Cofrancesco added 15 points and 5 steals.

No. 1 Forest Park is humming along in Class 5A. The defending Class 6A state champs looked good at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic, hammering Class 3A No. 1 GAC 59-36 and Class 7A No. 8 Campbell 57-38. South Carolina-signee Sania Feagin recorded a triple-double against Campbell with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. No. 2 Woodward Academy was upended by Class A-Private No. 4 Holy Innocents’ 76-69. No. 7 Loganville used double overtime to erase last week’s Class 7A No. 9 Norcross 60-52, Lenior-Rhyne-signee Rose Bone beating the buzzer in overtime to keep the Red Devils alive. No. 8 Hiram is up one spot after wins over Pebblebrook (50-43) and Pope (56-34) before losing to Class 7A No. 10 Marietta 60-49 in the Marietta Thanksgiving Tournament championship.

The top four teams in Class 4A all suffered losses as they challenged themselves in non-region play. No. 1 Jefferson rises to the top of the poll after a second-place finish at the Tabo’s Tip-Off Classic. The Dragons beat Franklin County 84-50 before dropping 57-54 to Class 6A No. 2 Buford. North Georgia-signee Livi Blackstock scored 16 in the loss. No. 2 Troup County is off to an 0-2 start playing stiff competition at the Parkview TOC. They lost 49-43 to Class 6A No. 5 Langston Hughes and 40-30 to Class 7A No. 1 Collins Hill after entering the fourth quarter tied. No. 3 Luella is up a position after rebounding from a 56-54 loss to Class 7A No. 5 Grayson to beat Dacula 51-48 at the Dacula TOC. No. 4 Carver-Columbus, much like Region 2 foe Troup, is off to an 0-2 start. The Tigers fell 57-54 to Class 6A No. 6 Lovejoy.  No. 7 Marist creeps up another space after two more methodical wins. They beat Jones County 33-24 and Northview 59-12. Horrible news came down the pipe as two-time reigning Miss Sandy’s Spiel Kayla McPherson, a North Carolina-signee, has injured her knee and is out for the season, meaning Madison County (1-0) must drop from the rankings even after a 64-53 win over Commerce. McPherson is best known for her 64-point outburst her sophomore season against Hart County. Taking the Red Raiders’ place is No. 10 Baldwin who is scheduled to open the season on Tuesday. Junior Tamia Smith and freshman Madison Ruff lead the way.

Once again, No. 1 GAC has gone out and challenged themselves in Class 3A. The Spartans won the state title with 12 losses as season ago and are off to an 0-2 start after battling Class 5A No. 1 Forest Park (59-36) and Class A-Private No. 3 Mt. Paran (58-42) at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. No. 2 Johnson-Savannah and No. 3 Beach began their annual reign of terror over Chatham County with blowout wins. The bottom of the poll sees some unrest as Cedar Grove (0-0) and Sonoraville (0-1) drop out. We still await DeKalb County’s return to the hardwood and in a class so competitive, the Saints can’t clog up the rankings for too long with inactivity. Sonoraville lost 52-48 on the road at Dade County. No. 9 Westminster went to the Harvest Hoops Classic and beat Class A-Private No. 9 Trinity Christian 42-33 before losing to No. 8 ELCA 59-52. Quickly breaking into the rankings is No. 7 Lumpkin County.  The Indians went toe-to-toe with Class 6A No. 2 Buford at the Tabo’s Tip-Off Classic before falling 53-40. They followed up with a 57-20 win over Franklin County. Lumpkin County will either sink or swim as they battle Class 7A powers North Forsyth and No. 4 Cherokee this week. No. 10 Sandy Creek slides in after a 3-1 start. If you believe the stats, the Patriots have three players averaging over 13 rebounds per game including 5-foot-3 Jania Hodges, a heptathlete committed to Oklahoma. 6-foot-2 Coastal Carolina-commit Arielle Belinga averages 15 points and 15 rebounds, 6-foot-2 Janae Walker posts 12.8 points and 13.8 rebounds while Hodges averages 11.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

Class 2A No. 4 Josey had a shaky trip to Metro Atlanta, losing 63-41 to Class 7A No. 9 Parkview and beating Washington 57-43 at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. Senior Deajah Houck has been a bright spot averaging 13.3 points and 4.7 assists. No. 5 Vidalia suffered a 58-29 loss to Statesboro while Fannin County (2-1) drops completely out of the rankings after a 70-45 loss to Gilmer at the ETC Tip-Off Classic. Debuting at No. 8 is Woodville-Tompkins. They drilled Islands (57-22) and Groves (61-18) but really get to see where they stand as they visit Class 3A No. 3 Beach on Tuesday.

Though there is no movement, things are heating up in Class A-Private. No. 1 Hebron Christian survived a scare at the Parkview TOC, edging Newton 61-57. Freshman Sanaa Tripp poured in 25 points in the loss. Hebron was led by Rice-signee Maliah Fisher’s 18 points and 10 rebounds while Samford-bound wing Carly Heidger contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds. No. 2 St. Francis turned back No. 7 Greenforest 51-47 and beat Class 6A No. 5 Langston Hughes 46-41. No. 3 Mt. Paran took care of Class 3A No. 1 GAC 58-42 at Parkview behind Kara Dunn’s 22 points. No. 4 Holy Innocents’ dropped to Class 6A No. 4 Kell 70-58 but bounced back with a 76-69 win over Class 5A No. 2 Woodward Academy. No. 6 Wesleyan beat Johns Creek 53-33 behind Sade Ojanuga’s 15 points and 10 rebounds. No. 8 ELCA defeated Tallulah Falls 46-40 and Class 3A No. 9 Westminster 59-52 at No. 9 Trinity Christian’s Harvest Hoops Classic. The Lions lost 42-33 to Westminster but beat Tallulah Falls 38-35.

No changes occur in Class A-Public. No. 8 Lake Oconee Academy started their campaign with wins over Prince Avenue (59-50) and Oconee County (59-24). Chattanooga-signee Destiny McClendon is averaging 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3 steals through her first two games.

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Week 2 GHSA Boys Basketball State Rankings https://sandysspiel.com/week-2-ghsa-boys-basketball-state-rankings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=week-2-ghsa-boys-basketball-state-rankings Sun, 29 Nov 2020 18:08:06 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10779 Class AAAAAAA 1. Grayson (4-1) 2. Pebblebrook (4-1) 3. Milton (2-1) 4. Berkmar (2-1) 5. McEachern (1-2) 6. Norcross (3-0) 7. Denmark (4-0) 8. Cherokee (2-2) 9. North Gwinnett (1-2) 10. Archer (3-0) Class AAAAAA 1. Wheeler (1-0) 2. Kell (2-0) 3. Chattahoochee (2-0) 4. Lanier (2-1) 5. Heritage-Conyers (4-1) 6. Douglas County (3-0) 7. … Continue reading Week 2 GHSA Boys Basketball State Rankings

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Class AAAAAAA

1. Grayson (4-1)
2. Pebblebrook (4-1)
3. Milton (2-1)
4. Berkmar (2-1)
5. McEachern (1-2)
6. Norcross (3-0)
7. Denmark (4-0)
8. Cherokee (2-2)
9. North Gwinnett (1-2)
10. Archer (3-0)

Class AAAAAA

1. Wheeler (1-0)
2. Kell (2-0)
3. Chattahoochee (2-0)
4. Lanier (2-1)
5. Heritage-Conyers (4-1)
6. Douglas County (3-0)
7. Shiloh (3-0)
8. Buford (2-1)
9. Winder-Barrow (4-0)
10. Richmond Hill (2-0)

Class AAAAA

1. Tri-Cities (1-1)
2. St. Pius X (3-0)
3. Veterans (1-0)
4. Woodward Academy (2-0)
5. Eagle’s Landing (1-0)
6. Warner Robins (1-1)
7. Woodland-Stockbridge (5-0)
8. Cass (2-1)
9. Blessed Trinity (1-0)
10. Forest Park (2-0)

Class AAAA

1. Miller Grove (0-0)
2. Spencer (2-0)
3. Westover (2-0)
4. Baldwin (0-0)
5. Fayette County (0-3)
6. Stephenson (0-0)
7. Jenkins (2-2)
8. Westside-Macon (0-1)
9. Monroe (1-1)
10. Luella (4-0)

Class AAA

1. Sandy Creek (2-1)
2. Windsor Forest (1-0)
3. Johnson-Savannah (2-0)
4. Hart County (2-1)
5. Salem (2-0)
6. Upson-Lee (0-1)
7. LaFayette (0-0)
8. GAC (1-2)
9. Monroe Area (2-1)
10. Cross Creek (1-1)

Class AA

1. Pace Academy (1-1)
2. Swainsboro (0-0)
3. Columbia (0-0)
4. Thomasville (3-0)
5. Lovett (1-2)
6. Butler (1-0)
7. Woodville-Tompkins (2-0)
8. Laney (0-1)
9. Banks County (2-1)
10. Vidalia (1-1)

Class A-Private

1. St. Francis (1-2)
2. Greenforest (1-2)
3. Mt. Pisgah (2-1)
4. Providence Christian (1-1)
5. Galloway (0-0)
6. St. Anne-Pacelli (0-0)
7. Holy Innocents’ (2-0)
8. Trinity Christian (2-1)
9. Hebron Christian (2-1)
10. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (0-1)

Class A-Public

1. Hancock Central (0-0)
2. Terrell County (0-0)
3. Drew Charter (3-0)
4. Manchester (1-0)
5. Lincoln County (0-0)
6. Calhoun County (0-0)
7. Lanier County (2-2)
8. Taylor County (0-0)
9. Turner County (1-0)
10. Dublin (2-0)

With Week 2 in the books, there is already plenty of movement across multiple classifications. The Jared Cook Classic, OTR Invitational, Hypesouth Hardwood Invitational, Hard in the Paint and Holiday Hoopsgiving pitted ranked opponents against one another.

Eight out of last week’s Top 10 teams in Class 7A suffered a loss, but No. 1 Grayson and No. 2 Pebblebrook remain atop the poll. The Rams knocked off No. 9 North Gwinnett 68-65 and Class 3A No. 1 Sandy Creek 66-54 before splitting at Holiday Hoopsgiving. Grayson lost in overtime to nationally ranked Wasatch Academy, UT 75-72, forcing the extra period after leading for just 1:22 the entire game. Charleston Southern-signee 6-foot-8 Taje Kelly has been a revelation so far this season. He posted 25 points and 8 rebounds in the loss and followed up with 15 points and 6 rebounds in a 73-48 win over Solid Rock Academy at Hard in the Paint. Pebblebrook scored wins over last week’s No. 8 Newton 74-53 and Carmel Christian, NC 81-66 before dropping to Wasatch Academy 71-62 at Holiday Hoopsgiving. In their win over Carmel Christian, South Alabama-signee Tyler Shirley netted 21 points while Georgia State-bound guard Danny Stubbs had 20 points off the bench. Stubbs had an encore performance of 17 points against Wasatch before fouling out. No. 3 Milton is up two spots after handling their business in impressive fashion at Holiday Hoopsgiving. Ohio State-commit Bruce Thornton powered the Eagles to a 69-53 win over Class A-Private No. 2 Greenforest with 27 points and 9 rebounds before Kanaan Carlyle handled the load with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in a near wire-to-wire 62-54 victory over No. 4 Berkmar, who had beaten No. 8 Cherokee 73-60 at the Jared Cook Classic earlier in the week as Discovery transfer Jameel Rideout made an immediate impact with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. No. 5 McEachern couldn’t keep their momentum from last week’s 1-point win over Milton, going 0-2 at Hoopsgiving losing 78-57 to Class 3A No. 1 Sandy Creek and 79-68 to Class 6A No. 1 Wheeler to fall two spots. No. 6 Norcross remains unblemished but doesn’t move up due to strength of schedule. They pounded a bad West Nassau, FL team 77-48 before dispatching of a rebuilding Westlake group 64-48 at Hoopsgiving. Newton (1-3) and Etowah (2-1) drop from the poll. The Rams have played a tough schedule, losing to No. 9 North Gwinnett 74-62 and to No. 2 Pebblebrook by 19. Etowah grinded out a tough 56-49 win over Centennial before flopping 59-56 against Marietta. Into the poll is No. 7 Denmark. The Danes squeezed out a 55-54 win over No. 8 Cherokee at the Jared Cook Classic behind Alabama-Huntsville-signee Sutton Smith’s 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Denmark would finish the week with wins over Duluth (70-51) and Paulding County (59-57). Also debuting is No. 10 Archer. The Tigers have picked up where they left off last season, albeit a very different cast. Coach Joel Lecoeuvre’s unselfish play stood out in an 80-62 win over Lambert at the Jared Cook Classic. The Tigers assisted on 24 of their 33 made baskets with Christian Drummer leading the way with 20 points and 7 rebounds.

No. 1 Wheeler opened up their title defense down in Class 6A with a 79-68 win over Class 7A No. 5 McEachern. Five players scored in double figures led by Max Harris’ 19 and Dayton-signee Kaleb Washington’s 15 points and 9 rebounds. There’s trouble a-brewing elsewhere in Marietta as No. 2 Kell’s Scoot Henderson has taken his game to the next level. He poured in 30 points in an embarrassing 106-44 thrashing of Alabama-bound guard JD Davison and overmatched Calhoun County, AL at Hoopsgiving before rallying from down 17 in the second half to stun Mikey Williams and former teammate Joyful Hawkins of Lake Norman Christian, NC, 88-77 as Henderson dumped in 36 points (15-25 FG), 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and only 1 turnover. Just two games into the season, Henderson looks like an early front runner for Sandy’s Spiel Mr. Basketball. He gets enough support from Jaylen Harris, Najhae Colon, Aaron Harris, Ramir Chester and PJ Johnson to form a tenacious unit that gets after it defensively, making up for their lack of impactful size. Elsewhere, No. 3 Chattahoochee, the defending state champs in 6A, shoot up six spots following wins over No. 4 Lanier (78-75) and Class A-Private No. 3 Mt. Pisgah (60-54). Coming off an 80-76 win over Class A-Private No. 1 St. Francis behind Makai Vassell (22), Iajah Phillips (18) and Justin Birch (17) at the Jared Cook Classic, the Longhorns couldn’t keep pace with the Cougars as AJ White scored 22 points followed by 16 from Tomiwa Adetosoye and 15 from Cameron James. Chattahoochee then held off Mt. Pisgah at Hoopsgiving behind White’s 28 points. No. 5 Heritage-Conyers went 3-0, winning the GetMickey Raider Classic Championship 93-77 over South Gwinnett and then finishing the week with an 82-69 win over Class 5A No. 6 Warner Robins in overtime at the Hypesouth Hardwood Invitational. The Patriots outscored the Demons 13-0 in the extra frame as Ole Miss-signee James White piled in 35 points and Elon-signee RJ Noord tacked on 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. The Patriots have a big test ahead at the CTC Classic on December 5 at Cass vs. Class 7A No. 8 Cherokee. Both Allatoona (1-1) and South Cobb (1-2) depart from the Top 10. The Buccaneers fell 47-46 to Centennial after beating Class 5A No. 8 Cass 59-50 at the Wolverine Thanksgiving Classic. South Cobb, who was without DaQuan Riggins, lost to Peachtree Ridge 61-58 at the Jared Cook Classic before falling to debutant No. 7 Shiloh 59-52 at Holiday Hoopsgiving. The Generals are now 3-0 without 6-foot-6 All-State forward Jordan Mitchell and have found ways to win close games behind Oklahoma transfer Devon Barnes. The 6-foot guard ate up South Cobb with 30 points (10-14 FG) and then spurred a comeback from down 18 points against Class 2A No. 5 Lovett, netting 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in a 65-63 win at Hoopsgiving, withstanding Georgetown’s Ryan Mutombo’s 33 points and 9 rebounds. Also in the poll is No. 9 Winder-Barrow, the fourth team from Region 8, joining No. 4 Lanier, No. 7 Shiloh and No. 8 Buford who is down four spots after a 71-69 loss on their home floor at the North Georgia Showcase to newly ranked Class 2A No. 9 Banks County. The Bulldoggs topped Class A-Private No. 9 Hebron Christian 70-65 in the Tabo’s TOC Championship and later knocked off Peachtree Ridge 72-67 at the North Georgia Showcase behind 6-foot-9 Wyatt Fricks’ 22 points and 9 rebounds, Tim Loud’s 22 points and 8 rebounds and 6-foot-11 Isaiah Nelson-Ododa’s 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Ahmad Scott added 10 points and 6 assists. Between Fricks and Nelson-Ododa, Coach Travis McDaniel has an immensely long and skilled front court that can score inside and out. The emergence of 6-foot-1 junior Tim Loud in the backcourt has balanced the offense.

No. 1 Tri-Cities fell 84-77 to Class A-Private No. 2 Greenforest at the OTR Invitational, but the Bulldogs cling onto the top spot in Class 5A. No. 2 St. Pius X picked up a 70-60 win over Class 2A No. 5 Lovett behind Rollins-signee Brookes Kahlert’s 23 points and Trey Acklin’s 18. Ravaged by quarantine, with almost their entire roster gone, No. 5 Eagle’s Landing still managed to pound Meadowcreek 70-44 at Hoopsgiving. The Eagles held the Mustangs to 29.5% shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Sophomore David Thomas led the way with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Jordan Fordyze stepped up with 13 points and 8 rebounds while Jayden Jackson added 12 points and 6 rebounds. No. 6 Warner Robins ran out of gas in overtime against Class 6A No. 5 Heritage-Conyers falling 82-69 at the Hypesouth Hardwood Invitational. 6-foot-5 senior Greg Jones was a monster inside with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Freshman Camryn Perkins showed great poise with 10 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. No. 7 Woodland-Stockbridge climbs three spots after a 3-0 week highlighted by a 51-41 win over River Ridge. 6-foot junior Gregory Kearney leads the Wolfpack in scoring at 16.8 points per game. Chapel Hill (0-2) exits the Top 10 after two losses against Top 10 teams. They were beaten by Class 7A No. 2 Pebblebrook 82-66 on November 20 and then fell 72-50 at Class 6A No. 6 Douglas County. Young No. 10 Forest Park gets their first crack at the Top 10 after a 68-61 win over Maynard Jackson. Sophomore Jaquez Akins had 24 points while 6-foot-7 junior Daniel Pounds added 21.

Dougherty has been the measuring stick team in Class 4A. The Trojans lost 76-61 to No. 2 Spencer and 62-46 to No. 3 Westover opening week. At the Hypesouth Hardwood Invitational, No. 8 Westside-Macon got to see where they stand. The Seminoles led 29-11 and were about to blow past the Trojans before Bakari Bryant’s resilient group broke off a 20-2 run and eventually won 76-71 in overtime. Florida-signee Kowacie Reeves Jr.’s 27 points and 7 rebounds weren’t enough as decision making from a young backcourt hurt the Seminoles down the stretch. Dougherty received 20 points from Elijah West while Jadyn Shider posted 18 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out. In the loss, Shannon Fountain had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals while Daveon Henderson added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even with the loss, Westside-Macon holds firm at No. 8 after No. 9 Monroe fell 53-46 to Dutchtown, failing to jump the Seminoles. No. 2 Spencer led by 19 points heading into the fourth quarter before settling for a 67-58 win over Lovejoy. No. 3 Westover is up two spots after a 61-57 win over Northside-Warner Robins at Hypesouth. 6-foot-9 Isaac Abidde was terrific, hitting 3 threes and finishing with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Bam Wingfield added 15 points. No. 5 Fayette County drops one spot after losses to Meadowcreek (65-58) and Class 3A No. 5 Salem (72-68). In the loss to Salem at Holiday Hoopsgiving, 6-foot-7 junior Kaleb Banks went off for 38 points (15-19 FG) and 10 rebounds. No. 7 Jenkins fell to Class 3A No. 3 Johnson-Savannah 62-51 while Mays (1-1) drops from the rankings after a 67-51 loss at Walnut Grove. Sneaking into the Top 10 is No. 10 Luella. Winners of just 10 games a season ago, the young Lions are already almost halfway there after beating Dacula in the Dacula TOC Championship 50-42. Sophomore Kory Mincy has been playing at a high level, leading the Lions in scoring.

No. 1 Sandy Creek bounced back from a 66-54 loss to Class 7A No. 1 Grayson, drilling Class 7A No. 5 McEachern 78-57 at Holiday Hoopsgiving to represent Class 3A. 6-foot-10 Auburn-signee Jabari Smith II was unstoppable with 26 points (10-16 FG), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block and only 1 turnover. Sophomore Victor Newsom scored 17 points and Washington State-signee Myles Rice had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. No. 3 Johnson-Savannah handled Class 4A No. 7 Jenkins 62-51. Emondre Bowles posted 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists while Antonio Baker Jr. continued his hot play with 17 points. JaHeim Robinson made an impact inside with 16 points and 15 rebounds. No. 4 Hart County picked up wins over North Hall (77-30) and Collins Hill (82-62). Through three games, Emmanuel College-commit Shone Webb is averaging 28 points per game. No. 5 Salem beat Class 4A No. 5 Fayette County 72-68 at Hoopsgiving. Jarrod Taylor had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals while Avion Young double-doubled with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Javen Flowers-Smith netted 14 points. No. 6 Upson-Lee hangs onto their ranking but it might not be for long. The Knights advanced to the second round of the football state playoffs for the first time since 2005 meaning nearly their entire starting five and key bench players will miss at least another week of basketball. The Knights were drug by Northside-Warner Robins 58-33 and now play Class 6A No. 10 Richmond Hill at the CTC Classic on Saturday at Cass. While the Knights will likely sink in the rankings with another loss, don’t count them out in the long run. They can’t be judged until they get everyone off the football field including reigning Region Player of the Year Milique Smith. No. 10 Cross Creek is down two spots after beating Aiken, SC 65-49 and losing to River Bluff, SC 65-57. No. 8 GAC moves up thanks to a 62-52 win over Class A-Private No. 8 Trinity Christian. The Spartans struggled at Hoopsgiving, losing 61-46 to Class A-Private No. 1 St. Francis and 68-50 to Bishop Snyder, FL. No. 9 Monroe Area inches up one position, bouncing back from a season-opening 53-46 loss at Loganville to beat Walnut Grove (61-59) and Cedar Shoals (55-48).

In Class 2A, No. 1 Pace Academy got their first win in ho-hum fashion, beating Marist 58-38. No. 4 Thomasville trades places with No. 5 Lovett after the Bulldogs earned wins over Class A-Public No. 7 Lanier County (89-78) and Lowndes (61-53) at the Charles Cooper Invitational. Lovett blew an 18-point lead at Hoopsgiving to Class 6A No. 7 Shiloh, losing 65-63 as 22 turnovers plagued the Lions. Shiloh shot just 3-5 from the field in the fourth quarter but 12-15 from the line. No. 6 Butler handled McDonough 56-47 while No. 10 Vidalia loses ground after a 50-46 loss to Coffee at the STC Tip-Off Classic. Jeff Davis (1-1) exits after losing 69-60 to Fitzgerald and beating Citizens Christian Academy 49-34. Breaking into the poll is No. 9 Banks County who stunned last week’s Class 6A No. 4 Buford 71-69 at the Buford City Arena at the North Georgia Showcase. Pierce Martin went 6-11 from deep to finish with a game-high 25 points. Garrett Pressley recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Clay Gosnell tallied 11 points and 12 assists in a program building win.

No. 1 St. Francis, No. 2 Greenforest and No. 3 Mt. Pisgah all suffered losses in Class A-Private but no one loses their position in the poll. The Knights lost 80-76 to Class 6A No. 4 Lanier at the Jared Cook Classic before beating Class 3A No. 8 GAC 61-46 at Hoopsgiving behind Alabama-signee Jusaun Holt’s 23 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks. Greenforest beat Class 5A No. 1 Tri-Cities 84-77 at the OTR Invitational but faltered at Hoopsgiving losing to Class 7A No. 3 Milton 69-53 and Carmel Christian, NC 72-54. Chase Tucker netted 19 points while IPFW-signee JoJo Peterson and MJ Winter scored 14 apiece in Mt. Pisgah’s 75-57 win over South Forsyth at the Jared Cook Classic before losing 60-54 to Class 6A No. 3 Chattahoochee at Hoopsgiving. No. 4 Providence Christian bounced back with a 68-63 win over Alexander getting a career day from 6-foot-8 junior Tony Carpio, who had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. COVID quarantine hit No. 10 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian hard in an ugly 94-64 loss to Calhoun County, AL, dropping the Mustangs two spots. First Presbyterian Day (0-0) drops out due to inactivity and the emergence of No. 9 Hebron Christian. The addition of 6-foot-9 freshman Jayden Williams changes the complexion of the Lions. He posted 26 points in a 64-62 win over TL Hanna, SC in the Tabo’s TOC semifinals. Hebron fell to Class 6A No. 9 Winder-Barrow 70-65 in the championship, getting strong play from Scott Gabel (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Sam Hutto (15 points, 7 rebounds).

Class A-Public should pick up over the next two weeks, but there were still some results in the Top 10. No. 3 Drew Charter hammered North Clayton 99-51. No. 4 Manchester beat Twiggs County. No. 7 Lanier County had a busy week going 2-2. They lost to Class 2A No. 4 Thomasville 89-78 and Class 7A Tift County 82-73 before beating Berrien 71-64 and Cook 59-32.  Wilkinson County (0-1) exits the poll following a 71-61 loss at newly ranked No. 10 Dublin. The Irish opened their season with an 80-43 beat down of East Laurens.

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Week 1 Girls Standouts https://sandysspiel.com/week-1-standouts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=week-1-standouts Thu, 26 Nov 2020 02:56:05 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10752 2022 5-10 SG Jillian Bretz – Forsyth Central It was a memorable performance for Jillian Bretz in her junior debut. Bretz put together a brilliant performance in a 51-44 win over No. 9 Flowery Branch. A big guard with agile quickness, Bretz assaulted the Falcons from all three levels. She drilled three threes to open … Continue reading Week 1 Girls Standouts

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2022 5-10 SG Jillian Bretz – Forsyth Central
It was a memorable performance for Jillian Bretz in her junior debut. Bretz put together a brilliant performance in a 51-44 win over No. 9 Flowery Branch. A big guard with agile quickness, Bretz assaulted the Falcons from all three levels. She drilled three threes to open the game and hit four on the night. Bretz collected rebounds and would go coast-to-coast, slicing her way through the defense. She scored off the dribble, getting to the rim and pulling up from the mid-range. Jillian used her length to pick up steals and deflections throughout the game. Bretz looked good on and off the ball. If Forsyth Central needed a spark, they turned to Bretz. Every time the ball was in her hands, good things happened. She scored 8 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to storm past the Falcons. She added 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals to her ledger. With UMass-signee Aisha Dabo out for the season with a torn meniscus, the Bulldogs go as Bretz goes. It’s unquestionably her team and if she can replicate the success she had last week, Forsyth Central will be just fine and Bretz’ recruitment will ignite.


2023 5-11 W Jordynn Dudley – Cambridge
Long, athletic and lightning quick, Jordynn Dudley has all the physical tools to play at a high level in college. She played at a breakneck pace in Cambridge’s 51-47 win over Walton, dumping in 29 points, 3 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 block. Dudley scored 22 of her points in the paint while the other seven came from the line. She exclusively drives to the basket and is skilled at doing so. When she catches on the perimeter, she immediately looks to attack the rim. Right when the ball touches her hands, it’s a sprint to the basket. She doesn’t dance around with the ball at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets called for some travels throughout the season if referees aren’t expecting her quick burst, but she was turnover free in that regard on Tuesday. Dudley covers ground at an alarming rate with her long strides. She can hit defenders with quick side steps to avoid charges and finish difficult layups. For a wiry, yet somewhat light frame, Dudley has great body control and absorbs contact well. Defensively, she’s a nuisance in Cambridge’s full court press. She jumps passing lanes routinely and earns countless deflections. To take her game to the next level, she must develop an outside shot. Not many players will be able to stay in front of her at the high school level, but looking toward the future she will need to diversify her game. Dudley is the perfect fit in Coach Lesley Broadwell’s system and will become a hot prospect sooner rather than later.

 

2023 6-2 C Lexy Harris – Walton
I did not know who Lexy Harris was heading into the season. After two robust stat lines to start the year, I decided to check her out and I’m glad I did. Harris, who already has a college-ready body that will only improve over the next three years, is a legit D-I post prospect. She worked hard and lived at the foul line as it was the only way Cambridge could guard her. Harris finished with 18 points (8-11 FT), 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocks while battling early foul trouble. Harris is a load inside with terrific footwork and back-to-the-basket post moves. She implements up-and-unders, can face up and hit the 10-15 footer and most impressive are her aggressive spin moves to the basket. Only a sophomore, Harris was making moves that I haven’t seen from a few High Major bigs in the state of Georgia. Big, strong and physical but with a soft touch, Harris needs to be on college radars immediately. If she can keep up her torrid pace once she hits region play, she could be in the discussion for Region Player of the Year if Walton can have success. With Davidson-signee Tomisin Adenupe currently sidelined, if she returns the Raiders will have a scary good core between her, Harris and Anna Conza.

 

2023 5-8 CG Anna Conza – Walton
In from Long Island Lutheran (NY), Anna Conza provides a sharp shooting lefty that can also get to the basket and facilitate when needed. The sophomore has a good feel for the game and can play either on or off the ball. She’s a trustworthy ball handler and a patient driver that probes the defense for angles before she gets downhill. Conza’s balanced scoring puts up points from all three levels.  She finished with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal vs. Cambridge.The growth of her and Lexy Harris together will be fun to watch blossom. They could develop into one of the best one-two punches Cobb County has to offer.

Cayla Cowart2022 5-10 CG Cayla Cowart – West Forsyth
One of Georgia’s most relentless slashers, Cayla Cowart was on a mission in West Forsyth’s season-opener against Blessed Trinity. Cowart got to the line at will as she forced her way into the teeth of the defense time and time again all but forcing them to hack her. She finished with 22 points (9-13 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals and 1 block. She followed up her performance with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals against Flowery Branch. Cowart had a few missed opportunities in Game 1, a little sloppy with the ball and a couple missed layups, but made the proper adjustments for Game 2. The foul magnet will need to improve her outside shot incase defenses close off driving lanes. Her defensive anticipation and playmaking for others makes her an invaluable piece for the Wolverines.

2021 5-9 G Imani Smith – Hiram
Hiram has gotten off to a hot start thanks to the dynamic play of Imani Smith. I liked Smith when I saw her back in July and she hasn’t disappointed come high school season. Imani is a high motor guard with great athleticism and quickness. She flies around the floor, jumping passing lanes, collecting rebounds and slashing to the basket. She’s a streaky three-point shooter that can get hot in a hurry once she sees one drop. Smith has great upside on defense and drew the assignment of defending All-State guard Cheyenne Holloman who she harassed all game in the 56-34 win. Smith is a good passer as well, looking up to outlet when she’s on the break. She finished with 16 points (3 threes), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 2 blocks. Smith could be a great haul for the right program. She’s still flying under the radar.

 

2024 5-6 PG Paris Fillingame – Collins Hill
“Who is number 4?” That’s what people in the crowd including myself kept asking. It was Paris Fillingame, who was making key plays throughout the game for Collins Hill as they slipped past No. 1 McEachern 52-51 in a state championship preview. While the experienced guards of Collins Hill struggled mightily against the McEachern pressure, it was the freshman who played the best, making the most out of every minute. Fillingame provided a steady presence and did a good job setting up the offense. She had a big 5-point stretch in the second quarter then converted a late And-1 in crunch time. Fillingame finished with 8 points and 1 assist. She was the X-Factor in the game and might be for the entire season.

2024 5-7 PG Dakota Phillips – Hart County
Hart County is at their best when they have good guard play to go around Taniya Alexander inside. The double-double machine is always going to get hers, but it’s the pieces around her that determine how good Hart County can be. Enter Dakota Phillips. Not a freak athlete or a long guard, Phillips is simply a steady player with an advanced feel for her age. She’s got some muscle to work with and won’t get pushed around. Phillips can handle vs. pressure and when she gets downhill, she’s got a variety of skillful finishes. Her jump shot can get flat at times and be pushed, but Phillips can score from the mid-range and in. She will need to get better arc and extend her range as her career goes on, but Coach Mike Edwards couldn’t be more pleased with how she played in her first varsity start at the North Georgia Showcase. Phillips tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in a white-knuckle 44-40 win over host Cherokee Bluff, Phillips netting six points in the fourth quarter including the go-ahead bucket. Dakota is well on her way to having a productive career in Hartwell. It will be fun to see how she develops over the next four years.

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Parkview Tip-Off Classic Top Performers https://sandysspiel.com/parkview-tip-off-classic-top-performers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=parkview-tip-off-classic-top-performers Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:36:16 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10747 2021 5-10 SG Lilly Hart – Parkview Birmingham-Southern got a steal. There’s no other way to put it. In my first viewing of Lilly Hart, she put on a show, dropping 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in a pounding of Class 2A No. 4 Josey 63-41. Hart has a pretty shot … Continue reading Parkview Tip-Off Classic Top Performers

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2021 5-10 SG Lilly Hart – Parkview
Birmingham-Southern got a steal. There’s no other way to put it. In my first viewing of Lilly Hart, she put on a show, dropping 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in a pounding of Class 2A No. 4 Josey 63-41. Hart has a pretty shot and gets great lift on her jumper. She buried 4 threes and did more than just pepper the defense from the perimeter. As a big guard with a solid body and nice athleticism, Hart was able to attack the rim with a tight handle and score in traffic or stop-and-pop. She’s an effective rebounder and can provide physical defense on smaller guards. Hart can step in right away and produce at the D-III level.

2021 6-2 C Sacha Washington – Collins Hill
In a star-studded showdown that pitted No. 1 McEachern and No. 2 Collins Hill in what could have been a state championship preview, Purdue-signee Sacha Washington was tasked with slowing down UGA-bound 6-foot-5 Jillian Hollingshead. The Eagles won on a last second free throw by Eden Sample, but they wouldn’t have been in a position to win if it weren’t for the defensive play of Washington. The physical post cleaned the glass and gobbled up shot attempts. While she didn’t have her best offensive game, she still made a major impact with 10 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks. She gave Hollingshead some problems when spacing the floor and taking her off the dribble. She used a powerful first step to get past her then barrel her wide shoulders into Hollingshead to draw fouls. Defensively, Washington helped hold Hollingshead to 15 points, 8 which came in the fourth quarter off two threes. These two teams will meet again and Part II of Washington-Hollingshead should be even better in Macon.

2022 5-7 PG Ta’Mia Stargell – Langston Hughes
Last year’s Region 5-6A Player of the Year made a positive first impression. Ta’Mia Stargell is smooth. She’s got a good body for a guard and can use her strength in a variety of ways. She plays at her own pace and doesn’t get sped up. Stargell was always under control and never let Troup County’s pesky guards rattle her. Ta’Mia can do a little bit of everything on the floor. She let the offense come to her and didn’t take any bad shots as she finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocks. The junior is a good-looking prospect that could surge up recruiting boards by the time she’s a senior.

2021 6-2 W Brianna Turnage – Westlake
With graduation and a few transfers zapping Westlake of some firepower, Brianna Turnage has stepped up big time early on in the season as the Lions haven’t missed a beat. In a 76-35 throttling of Harrison, Turnage was the best I’ve seen her offensively. Even though the starters didn’t log big minutes, Snoop got straight to work. She was aggressive, attacking the basket and using her length to finish at the rim. It wasn’t just clean up buckets like she’s been accustom to, she created her own offense when she wanted – a great sign of development for the Virginia Tech-commit. Aside from her offense, she did everything else you’d expect. She finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. As a player that can defend 1-5, Turnage is the ultimate Swiss Army Knife on defense.

Raven Johnson2021 5-10 PG Raven Johnson – Westlake
Raven Johnson and “Top Performer” are synonymous with one another. It was a ho-hum performance for the South Carolina-signee, collecting 12 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals in the rout. Johnson has turned into an above average three-point shooter, giving her the ability to beat teams in every way imaginable offensively. On defense, she’s a lock down defender that will snatch steals and jump passing lanes. Hollywood is always must-see TV. Even if she’s not the flashiest player, she is the most consistent. Where else will you find backcourt mates tossing lobs to one another throughout the course of a game? Only at Westlake with Johnson and Ta’Niya Latson.

2022 6-0 W Aniya Palmer – Troup County
Aniya Palmer didn’t have her best game in a 49-43 loss to No. 4 Langston Hughes. The Tigers were unable to get her the ball consistently which means trouble. But whenever she did have the ball, good things happened. She finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. She hit a nice step-back jumper off the dribble and was unstoppable when she grabbed rebounds and pushed it coast-to-coast. Palmer’s growth in transition was apparent from when I last saw her. Her ball handling has improved and she’s got some developing creativity. Palmer is one of the best long-term prospects Georgia has to offer in 2022.

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North Georgia Showcase Top Performers https://sandysspiel.com/north-georgia-showcase-top-performers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=north-georgia-showcase-top-performers Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:16:07 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10743 2021 6-4 W Shone Webb – Hart County D-I schools dropped the ball on Shone Webb. The long-armed lefty swingman was the best player at the North Georgia Showcase with his ability to do more than just score as a true two-way star. Sure, he dumped in 26 points, but he added 1 rebound, 2 … Continue reading North Georgia Showcase Top Performers

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Shone Webb2021 6-4 W Shone Webb – Hart County
D-I schools dropped the ball on Shone Webb. The long-armed lefty swingman was the best player at the North Georgia Showcase with his ability to do more than just score as a true two-way star. Sure, he dumped in 26 points, but he added 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks. Webb is the best defender in the state of Georgia. He is an elite stopper that locks up opposing teams’ best players. He took the assignment of James Madison-signee Andrew McConnell and made him look average, holding him to 9 points before fouling him out by drawing an offensive foul late in the game. Webb is an Emmanuel-commit. If he signs and stays close to home, he will be a perennial All-Conference player. If Webb played on a bigger travel team in Georgia or was at a household school in Gwinnett, Cobb or Fulton, he would be a Mid-Major prospect.  He’s a solid playmaker and uses a sharp crossover to get into the lane with good body control. He has elite defensive instincts and can snatch balls before opponents know what hit them. Webb erases shots at the rim and can guard 1-4 at the high school level. Through three games, he is averaging 28 points per game. Webb is good enough to carry the Bulldogs to another state title appearance.

Jadon Yeh2023 6-1 G Jadon Yeh – White County
For a young player, Jadon Yeh is extremely polished. He is meticulous when attacking the rim, knowing how to use angles and exploit defenders’ weaknesses. Yeh’s footwork gives him an advantage when getting downhill. Once he gets into the lane, he’s got a pretty pull-up and a variety of skillful finishes at the rim. He shined when locked up with Garrison Powell of Holy Innocents’ and produced 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Yeh has a terrific future ahead of him and will be a name many colleges know.

2021 6-9 C Corey Thomas – Cherokee Bluff
Back from a broken leg, Corey Thomas needs to be back on D-I radars. Still growing into his body and with room to pack on some muscle, Thomas has the skills inside and out to dominate a game. He’s an exceptional rebounder that can high point caroms and protect the ball when he snags it. He contests every shot in his area. Thomas looks like he may be a little knock kneed, but he is very mobile and can run the floor like a gazelle, so no issue there. He showed the ability to even push the ball and start his own fast break. When anchored on the block, Thomas likes to turn to get to his right hand for baby hooks and short turnaround jumpers. He has a nice touch inside and can do damage when facing up. Corey has no problem playing above the rim and finishing through contact. Thomas’ range extends to the three-point line where he can consistently knock down open looks, but he doesn’t overly float to the perimeter like some big men do and understands that when he has a size advantage, he’s best served in the post. Thomas was unguardable against Mill Creek with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 6 blocks. It’s rare to find players with size, length and skill like Corey Thomas. He and Isaiah Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow) are two post presences with great ceilings at the next level.

2023 6-1 G Johnathan Taylor – Mill Creek
In a 59-49 loss, Johnathan Taylor made a very good first impression. He is an athletic slasher that gets downhill in a hurry. Taylor has a quick first step that can put him at the rim in no time. He showcased some good hands on defense and earned steals and deflections throughout vs. Cherokee Bluff.  Taylor will need to add a consistent jump shot to his arsenal, but his aggressive style of play will do wonders this season. He finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Johnathan Taylor is a name to check back in on in a few years.

Robert Reisman2021 6-2 G Robert Reisman – Gainesville
Robert Reisman had a great summer with the Atlanta Timberwolves and it carried over into the high school season on Saturday. Reisman has grown as a constant playmaker and an offensive threat that can do a little bit of everything. He tallied 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in an 80-75 loss to Collins Hill. He did a nice job handling the Eagles’ aggressive pressure defense and used their over eagerness to trap and go for steals against them. Reisman pushes the ball with purpose and has above average speed with the ball in his hands. He had a smoothness to his game when getting to the rim, able to unfurl finger rolls. What separates Reisman is the chip on his shoulder he plays with. Robert is a tough competitor that won’t back down to anyone. He should be high on D-II wish lists.

Brookes Kahlert2021 5-11 PG Brookes Kahlert – St. Pius X
The slick passing showtime performance of Brookes Kahlert is well worth the price of admission. He dazzled in a 69-44 win over Duluth, posting 18 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists and 4 steals.  Kahlert looked like he added muscle since I last saw him during the travel ball season. He’s got the physicality to handle on-ball defenders and can manipulate defenses to get what he wants. Aside from his sensational passing, his three-point shooting and quick instincts on defense really make him a complete point guard. He could add some more slashing scoring to his repertoire, but the Rollins College-signee is an expert when it comes to his strengths.

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BOYS

Class AAAAAAA

Denmark 55, No. 7 Cherokee 54: A day before a big showdown with No. 4 Berkmar at the Jared Cook Classic, the Warriors were upended by the Danes. Alabama-Huntsville-signee Sutton Smith was masterful providing 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Joseph Scott added 10 points and 7 rebounds while Jayden Hilliman had 8 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss,  Taihland Owens collected 18 points and 5 rebounds. Xavier-signee Elijah Tucker had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 9 North Gwinnett 74, No. 8 Newton 62: Dylan Gary led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Thomas Allard netted 18 and RJ Godfrey had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Alabama-Huntsville-signee Brendan Rigsbee had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Newton was led by TJ Clark (20 points), Jakai Newton (19 points, 6 rebounds) and Stephon Castle (12 points).

No. 10 Etowah 56, Centennial 49: The young Eagles showed their mettle, erasing a 12-point deficit to win at the Wolverine Thanksgiving Classic. Mason Etter posted 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals followed by Brandon Rechsteiner’s 14 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. Jonah Milton scored 10 points. Josh Hughes added 4 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Dajaun Devonish contributed 4 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Peachtree Ridge 61, 6ANo. 8 South Cobb 58: At the Jared Cook Classic, Chris Green posted 20 points and 9 rebounds while Jairus Griffin scored 18 points and Deterrius Clayton pitched in 13 points and 5 rebounds. South Cobb got 17 points and 6 assists from Travis Burrus. Baqi Lecky had 12 points and RJ Dix totaled 11 points and 13 rebounds. Jens Rueckert added 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Duluth 65, Mt. Bethel 54: Zailan Blue erupted for 25 points followed by Tristan Johnson’ 13 and Will Peaks’ 10.

North Paulding 58, Murray County 53: Griffin Cherry scored 22 points and Trey Harris had 16 in the win. Daylen Thrower added 12 points.

Discovery 83, Clarke Central 48: Ian Davis had 17 points to pace the Titans. Mikey Moncrease added 16 and Daveion Teague-Parham netted 14.

Walton 63, Grady 41: Kyle Hanson scored 19 to lead Grady.

Archer 80, Lambert 62: The Tigers assisted on 24 of their 33 baskets at the Jared Cook Classic.  Christian Drummer had 20 points and 7 rebounds while Damoni Harrison tacked on 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jaylen Magby scored 11 points and Mekhi Carter had 10 along with Major Freeman. Lambert was led by Paul Lunguana’s 19 points and 11 rebounds. Mason Barnes scored 18 points while Luke Parris added 16.

Roswell 62, Cambridge 48: Jase McCullough (18), Jackson Kemp (13), Mason Kemp (13) and Jordan Wicker (11) led a deep attack.

Class AAAAAA

No. 4 Buford 72, Brookwood 52: Jaylon Taylor had 26 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Alahn Sumler added 18 points and 5 rebounds while London Williams tallied 12 points and 6 rebounds.

No. 5 Heritage-Conyers 79, Creekview 66: Ole Miss-signee James White dumped in 33 points and 11 rebounds. Elon-signee RJ Noord added 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Dash Boston tacked on 10 points and 5 assists while Chase Lackey had 4 points and 14 reobunds. Daniel Collis hit 6 threes en route to 19 points for Creekview.

No. 7 Allatoona 59, 5ANo. 8 Cass 50:  Isaiah Logan scored 22 points to pace the Buccaneers. Andrew Glaze hit 5 threes en route to 15 points but the Colonels couldn’t knock off Allatoona at the Wolverine Thanksgiving Classic. Zaylan Chaney had 11 points and CJ Pipkin scored 10 in the loss.

Paulding County 79, North Cobb Christian 77: The Patriots survived behind Kervens Yacinthe’s 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Javonne Williams had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Tristan Whitener scored 14. Elijah Fisher chipped in 9 points while Caleb Coursey had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Winder-Barrow 77, Alpharetta 53: The Bulldoggs advanced to the Tabo’s TOC Championship behind Isaiah Nelson-Ododa’s 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Wyatt Fricks had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Tim Loud added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Dacula 53, Eastside 35: Lamariyon Jordan (17), Gabe Omoregie (10) and Taevon Lewis (7) carried the Falcons.


Class AAAAA

Starr’s Mill 79, Monsignor Donovan Catholic 41: Elliot Baker drilled 7 threes en route to 23 points.


Class AAAA

East Hall 52, Apalachee 37: Christian Torres went for 27 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks. Deondre Langston added 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Imre Earls had 6 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.


Class AAA

No. 4 Hart County 77, North Hall 30: Emmanuel-commit Shone Webb scored 26 points.

No. 9 GAC 62, A-PrivateNo. 9 Trinity Christian 52: Josh Fulton (19) and Lamarr Randolph (18) powered the Spartans. Chad Jackson and Dominic Cooks scored 8 and 7 points, respectively. Trinity Christian was led by Sami Pissis’ 20 points. Isaac Brito recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds. Michael Morge scored 9 points.


Class AA

 

Class A-Private

No. 3 Mt. Pisgah 75, South Forsyth 57: IPFW-signee JoJo Peterson had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. MJ Winter added 14 points and 4 assists while Nate Gordon grabbed 12 rebounds. Brandon Stoudamire led South Forsyth with 15 points. Ethan Underwood added 11. Wes Kane had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Class A-Public

 

Non-GHSA

 

 

GIRLS

Class AAAAAAA

No. 2 Collins Hill 52, No. 1 McEachern 51: A three at the buzzer from half court erupted the McEachern bench but Delaware State-signee Sianny Sanchez-Oliver’s shot was well after the horn meaning Old Dominion-signee Eden Sample’s free throw with 1.2 seconds left was the game winner. Sample was fouled on the opposite end of the floor on a rebound, sending her to the line where she would deliver the dagger. Sample finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds, but the Collins Hill guards struggled against McEachern’s pressure throughout the game as the Indians forced three 5-second closely guarded violations. The Eagles slowly extended their lead throughout the game at the Parkview TOC, leading 10-9 after one, 27-25 at the half and 41-37 after three. Freshman Paris Fillingame gave the Eagles a boost with 8 points. Kyra Jefferson added 8 as well. Purdue-signee Sacha Washington tallied 10 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks while battling UGA-signee Jillian Hollingshead inside. The 6-foot-5 forward scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half including 8 in the fourth quarter, 6 points coming via the three ball. She had a late look to win the game, but her miss landed in the hands of Sample who was accidently fouled and subsequently would win the game from the line. Caelan Ellis hit 3 threes and finished with 13 points. Denim DeShields had 10 of her 11 points in the third quarter and tacked on 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

No. 3 Woodstock 56, Douglass 42: Bridget Utberg piled in 26 points to defeat the two-time defending Class 2A champs. Karson Martin pitched in 15 points.

No. 5 Archer 43, Dacula 32: Taniya McGowan netted a game-high 20 points. Cazia Nelson and Thailand Smith scored 8 points apiece, Smith adding 3 blocks. Dacula was held to eight second half points. Lazaria Spearman collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mekera Standridge scored 9 points.

No. 6 Cherokee 62, Rome 47: Furman-signee Kate Johnson finished with 19 points at the GetMickey Raider Classic. Haylee Donley and Karoline Karl scored 11 apiece.

No. 7 Grayson 56, 4ANo. 4 Luella 54: Catherine Alben broke out with 21 points, 2 assists and 4 steals in the win. Tylia Kemp scored 11 points and South Alabama-signee Nadia Howard pitched in 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. In the loss, Cam Berry scored 16 points and Furman-signee Jada Session double-doubled with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Ari Dyson collected 10 points and 11 rebounds. Cortney Gardner finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Parkview 63, 2ANo. 4 Josey 41: Parkview impressed in the nightcap of their Tip-Off Classic, leading wire-to-wire against Josey. Samford-signee Sussy Ngulefac went to the bench at the 1:55 mark of the first quarter with Parkview up 5-2. When she returned in the third quarter, the Panthers had built a commanding 31-13 lead. Birmingham-Southern-signee Lilly Hart hit 4 threes en route to 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steal. Nadya McCown had 12 point, 8 rebounds and 4 steals while Ngluefac finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Joze Baker provided scrappy play at the point, tacking on 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Mayah Watson-Casimir had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Josey trimmed the lead to 35-25 midway through the third quarter before Parkview ripped off a 15-2 run to put the game away early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were led by Deajah Houck’s 10 points. Arieonna Booker and JaCayla Shorty scored 6 points apiece while Ky’Shonna Brown was held to 2 points and 3 rebounds.

South Forsyth 60, Lassiter 31: Clara Morris netted 15 points followed by Sharon Tolliver’s 13. Ava McGlockton (9) and Maggie Thompson (7) balanced the offense.

Walton 55, Grady 35: Lexy Harris scored 20 points followed by Anna Conza’s 16.

Class AAAAAA

No. 1 Westlake 76, Harrison 35: The three-time defending state champs throttled Harrison at the Parkview TOC. The Lions jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 33-7 after one, thriving in transition. Ta’Niya Latson finished with 19 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists and 1 steal. Virginia Tech-commit Brianna Turnage tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks while South Carolina-signee Raven Johnson had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Harrison was led by Anna Gernatt and Emily Acampora’s 8 points apiece.

No. 2 Buford 53, Lumpkin County 40: Lumpkin County was led by North Georgia-signee Isabel Davenport’s 16 points and Madison Powell’s 13.

No. 4 Langston Hughes 49, 4ANo. 1 Troup County 43: Troup County failed to establish their frontcourt in a loss at the Parkview TOC. Aniya Palmer was held in check, finishing with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Alexcia Murphy scored all 7 of her points in the second half to pair with her 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. Monyia Murphy and Jada Green scored 8 apiece in the loss. Ta’Mia Stargell and Autumn Phillips controlled the action for the Panthers. Both scored 11 points with Stargell collecting 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocks while Phillips tagged on 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Raven Thompson added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Tianna Dismuke had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Damesha Cain sank two threes.

Creekview 59, South Gwinnett 33: Mackenzi Salas netted 10 points to lead a deep attack. Chloe Williams and Abby Martin scored 9 apiece while Kenzie Brown pitched in 8 points.

Houston County 47, Veterans 41: Jordyn Johnson had 16 points and 4 steals while Marquia White double-doubled with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Pope 50, Sandy Creek 49: Cheyenne Holloman had 23 points while Katie Ward netted 20 at the Marietta Thanksgiving Tournament.

Class AAAAA

No. 9 Sequoyah 66, No. 6 Sprayberry 41: Without Anna Vereen, out with a broken finger, the Yellowjackets were trounced by Sequoyah. The Chiefs held Flau’jae Johnson to 8 points. Elle Blatchford finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Deja Rakestraw (University of Charleston) scored 12 points. Susanna Rogers tallied 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

No. 8 New Manchester 57, North Clayton 48: Kamryn Bates led the Jaguars with 18 points, 6 assists and 2 steals while India Johnson netted 12 points. Kharyssa Richardson tallied 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks. Hannah Wright had 7 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists.

St. Pius X 58, Cristo Rey 22: Kate McBride and Natalie Mohr scored 10 apiece while Georgie Dooley and Alex Schiavo each pitched in 9 points.

Class AAAA

No. 2 Jefferson 84, Franklin County 50: North Georgia-signee Livi Blackstock exploded for 30 points. Courtney Kidd sank 7 threes to finish with 25 points. Ellie Kinlaw scored 15 points as the Dragons drilled 15 threes.

North Oconee 50, Clarke Central 22: Maddy Dickens and Callie Jackson scored 11 apiece. Haley Toci handed out 4 assists.

Central-Carrollton 44, Bowdon 38: Rachel Wilson posted 12 points and 12 rebounds in the road win. Izzy Ripatti had 10 points and 5 steals. Zoey Haberland added 10 points.

Class AAA

No. 10 Coahulla Creek 62, Signal Mountain (TN) 47: Jillian Poe went for 22 points to lead the Colts. Shorter-signee Katelyn Richards netted 13 points while Kenley Woods added 11.

Oconee County 40, Athens Academy 35: Jaila Salley scored 20 in the loss.

North Murray 38, Soddy Daisy (TN) 26: Aubri Blankenship scored 12 points followed by Tenley Gladson’s 10.

Hart County 56, North Hall 48: Taniya Alexander posted 16 points.

Central-Macon 55, First Presbyterian Day 47: Freshman Taliah Grier went for 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. TaNiya Pryor had 15 points and 8 steals. McKenzie Evans recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Dawson County 74, South Atlanta 47: Madison Anglin scored 21 points while Kirklyn Porter chipped in 18.  Mariah Benson added 8 points in the win at the GetMickey Raider Classic.

Class AA

Class A-Private

No. 1 Hebron Christian 61, Newton 57: Hebron Christian survived a scare from freshman Sanaa Tripp and the Rams at the Parkview TOC. Tripp scored 25 in the loss. Hebron was powered by Rice-signee Malia Fisher’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. Samford-signees Carly Heidger (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Nicole Azar (9 points) balanced the offense. Jessie Parish added 11 points and 9 rebounds.

No. 3 Mt. Paran 58, Paideia 26: Kara Dunn outscored the Pythons with 28 points to go along with her 5 assists and 2 steals. Katelyn Dunning added 13 points, 8 assists and 5 steals.

No. 6 Wesleyan 66, Banks County 36: Georgia State-signee Alyssa Phillip hung 22 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Eva Garabadian added 19 points and 4 steals. Imani Washington tallied 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals. Freshman Chit Chat Wright had 12 points and 7 assists. Banks County saw Jacy Ayers score 16 points and Kalyn Beasley add 5.

No. 10 Calvary Day 80, South Effingham 34: Hannah Cail pumped in 33 points while Tynley Smeltzer double-doubled with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Nevaeh Hamilton netted 13 points.

North Cobb Christian 71, Paulding County 53: 5-foot-10 sophomore Brooke Moore collected her second straight triple-double, tallying 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. Lauryn Towns had 18 points, 3 assists and 4 steals while Ava Gardner double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lea Brasington had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Freshman Gaby LoPresti added 7 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Class A-Public

 Trion 66, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 35: Chloe Murdock dumped in 34 points to lead the Bulldogs. Jenna Mosley added 12 points.

Non-GHSA

 

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Week 1 GHSA Girls Basketball State Rankings https://sandysspiel.com/week-1-ghsa-girls-basketball-state-rankings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=week-1-ghsa-girls-basketball-state-rankings Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:53:23 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10715 Class AAAAAAA 1. McEachern (0-0) 2. Collins Hill (1-0) 3. Woodstock (1-0) 4. West Forsyth (2-0) 5. Archer (2-0) 6. Cherokee (2-0) 7. Grayson (1-0) 8. Campbell (1-0) 9. Norcross (0-1) 10. North Paulding (0-1) Class AAAAAA 1. Westlake (1-0) 2. Buford (1-0) 3. Carrollton (1-0) 4. Langston Hughes (1-0) 5. Kell (1-0) 6. Sprayberry … Continue reading Week 1 GHSA Girls Basketball State Rankings

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Class AAAAAAA

1. McEachern (0-0)
2. Collins Hill (1-0)
3. Woodstock (1-0)
4. West Forsyth (2-0)
5. Archer (2-0)
6. Cherokee (2-0)
7. Grayson (1-0)
8. Campbell (1-0)
9. Norcross (0-1)
10. North Paulding (0-1)

Class AAAAAA

1. Westlake (1-0)
2. Buford (1-0)
3. Carrollton (1-0)
4. Langston Hughes (1-0)
5. Kell (1-0)
6. Sprayberry (0-0)
7. Lovejoy (1-1)
8. Grovetown (1-0)
9. Sequoyah (0-0)
10. Rockdale County (1-0)

Class AAAAA

1. Forest Park (1-0)
2. Woodward Academy (1-0)
3. Southwest DeKalb (0-0)
4. Cass (1-0)
5. Maynard Jackson (0-1)
6. Griffin (1-1)
7. Loganville (0-1)
8. Tri-Cities (1-0)
9. Hiram (1-0)
10. New Manchester (2-0)

Class AAAA

1. Troup County (0-0)
2. Jefferson (1-0)
3. Carver-Columbus (0-1)
4. Luella (2-0)
5. McDonough (1-0)
6. Spalding (1-0)
7. Arabia Mountain (0-0)
8. Druid Hills (0-0)
9. Marist (1-0)
10. Madison County (0-0)

Class AAA

1. GAC (0-0)
2. Johnson-Savannah (1-0)
3. Beach (0-0)
4. Cross Creek (0-0)
5. Rockmart (0-0)
6. Stephens County (1-0)
7. Cedar Grove (0-0)
8. Sonoraville (0-0)
9. Westminster (0-0)
10. Coahulla Creek (1-0)

Class AA

1. Early County (1-0)
2. Washington County (0-0)
3. Rabun County (0-0)
4. Josey (1-0)
5. Vidalia (1-0)
6. Laney (0-0)
7. Northeast-Macon (0-0)
8. Fannin County (1-0)
9. Chattooga (0-0)
10. Elbert County (0-0)

Class A-Private

1. Hebron Christian (1-0)
2. St. Francis (1-0)
3. Mt. Paran (0-1)
4. Holy Innocents’ (0-1)
5. Galloway (2-0)
6. Wesleyan (0-0)
7. Greenforest (0-1)
8. ELCA (0-0)
9. Trinity Christian (0-1)
10. Calvary Day (0-0)

Class A-Public

1. Calhoun County (0-0)
2. Greenville (0-0)
3. Clinch County (0-0)
4. Turner County (1-0)
5. Wilcox County (0-0)
6. Central-Talbotton (0-0)
7. GMC (0-0)
8. Lake Oconee Academy (0-0)
9. ECI (0-0)
10. Mitchell County (0-0)

Opening weekend of the GHSA season saw less than half of the top 80 teams ranked across eight classifications tip-off, but there were still a handful of key matchups already, afforded to us primarily by a ridiculously loaded field at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic which only gets even better as the week goes on.

There is some movement in Class 7A as No. 6 Cherokee climbs four spots after dissecting both Alexander (79-41) and South Gwinnett (60-27). The Warriors opened at the bottom of the poll after graduating six seniors from last year’s Final Four team. It hasn’t taken long for Coach Matt Cates’ junior class to step up and fill their role. Karoline Karl hit 4 threes off the bench to finish with 16 points while Lilly Griffith added 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in their season opening win over Alexander. The Warriors hit 10 threes around 6-foot-3 Furman-signee Kate Johnson who dominated inside with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks. Cherokee jumps a handful of good teams that have secured nice wins themselves. If history tells us anything, it’s that the Warriors will likely continue to climb up the poll throughout the season.  Two teams that Cherokee jumped are No. 7 Grayson and No. 8 Campbell. The Rams blasted Mountain View 63-17 behind South Alabama-signee Nadia Howard’s 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists – her first varsity game since missing all of last season due to a knee injury. South Gwinnett transfer Kourtney Rittenberry added 11 points and 9 rebounds while Tylia Kemp scored 10 points. Campbell edged Class 5A No. 5 Maynard Jackson 44-42 at Carrollton’s Girls Night Out. North Florida-commit Sarah Taub (13) and Laila Battle (11) balanced the Spartans. At the top of the poll, No. 2 Collins Hill defeated Class A-Private No. 7 Greenforest 68-52 at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. Purdue-signee Sacha Washington had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Today, we have a potential state championship preview as No. 2 Collins Hill battles No. 1 McEachern. No. 3 Woodstock pulled away from No. 10 North Paulding 52-36 behind Bridget Utberg’s 19 points and Sara Grace Bertolini and Karson Martin’s 11 apiece. No. 4 West Forsyth holds onto their spot after a 54-42 win over Blessed Trinity and a 68-54 victory against preseason Class 4A No. 9 Flowery Branch 68-54. Cayla Cowart has come out of the gates hot, averaging 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 steals. She scored 22 points and went 9-13 from the foul line in their win over Blessed Trinity before dumping in 31 points against Flowery Branch. The Wolverines still await the return of last year’s leading scorer Calie Thrower, who has been injured since the summer but should be back in a few weeks. No. 5 Archer has looked good, beating Mill Creek 61-23 before stomping preseason Class 5A No. 4 Loganville 51-25. Taniya McGowan netted 17 points in the win. No. 9 Norcross holds onto their position following a 55-53 overtime loss to Class 4A No. 4 Luella at the Dacula Tip-Off Classic.

There is no change in Class 6A. No. 1 Westlake defeated Parkview 74-57 behind Virginia Tech-signee Brianna Turnage’s 16 points and 12 rebounds. No. 2 Buford defeated Alpharetta 50-35 at the Tabo’s Tip-Off Classic. No. 3 Carrollton handled Central, AL 62-33 at Girls Night Out while No. 4 Langston Hughes held off Class 4A No. 3 Carver-Columbus 66-65. No. 5 Kell beat Shiloh 64-28 as Jamiah Gregory returned to the floor. Gregory’s career was announced to be over due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, but she saw restricted minutes in the Longhorns’ season opener. No. 7 Lovejoy was down 23-7 after one against rival Class 5A No. 1 Forest Park before storming back and outscoring the Panthers 25-13 in the final frame, but ultimately falling short 57-52. The Wildcats rebounded with a 64-47 win over Marietta at Girls Night Out. No. 8 Grovetown put away a pesky Greenbrier 61-47 behind Jada Porter’s 17 points. No. 10 Rockdale County crushed Lithia Springs 66-25.

Class 5A No.1 Forest Park hung on against Class 6A No. 7 Lovejoy 57-52, South Carolina-signee Sania Feagin posting 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals and 6 blocks, but turning the ball over 11 times. Olympia Chaney’s move from Westlake paid immediate dividends as she netted 16 points. No. 2 Woodward Academy defeated Class A-Private No. 3 Mt. Paran 79-66 at the Parkview TOC. Sydney Bowles had 26 points followed by Sara Lewis’ 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. No. 7 Loganville is down three spots after a 26-point loss to Class 7A No. 5 Archer. No. 4 Cass climbs two positions with a 74-41 win over Walnut Grove. No. 5 Maynard Jackson holds steady after a tough 44-42 loss to Class 7A No. 8 Campbell at Girls Night Out. No. 6 Griffin is up one after a 1-1 start saw the Bears beat Union Grove 53-43 before losing 39-28 to Class 4A No. 6 Spalding. No. 8 New Manchester beat Douglas County in overtime 60-54 and handled Morrow 66-19. The Jaguars are up two places following a Jones County (0-1) loss to Russell County, AL 46-43. No. 9 Tri-Cities picked up a 66-39 win over Hapeville Charter but drop a spot after losing Jayla Thompson to transfer. Into the poll is No. 10 Hiram. The Hornets stung Paulding County 70-25 behind Imani Smith’s 17 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals and 1 block. Her and Erial Owens have formed a dynamic one-two punch that can score inside and out.

There was more bad news before the season started in Class 4A for No. 2 Jefferson as Natalia Bolden, who missed all of last year with an ACL tear, tore her achilles in the preseason. Undeterred and playing for their fallen comrade, the Dragons ripped up Morgan County 81-30 in their season opener at the Tabo’s TOC. North Georgia-signee Livi Blackstock scored 16 points while Ellie Kinlaw (14), Courtney Kidd (11) and Deshona Gaither (10) all cracked double digits. No. 5 McDonough is down a spot after surviving in overtime against Stockbridge 63-55. No. 3 Carver-Columbus hangs onto their position after losing 66-65 to Class 6A No. 4 Langston Hughes at Girls Night Out. Up two spots to No. 4 is Luella. The Lions beat Kendrick 54-36 before holding off Class 7A No. 9 Norcross 55-53 at the Dacula TOC. No. 6 Spalding is on the move up two spots after Coach Montay West locked up his first win on the job, beating Class 5A No. 6 Griffin 39-28, Nuriyah Slaton totaling 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals. Flowery Branch (0-2) is this week’s hard luck out. The Falcons challenged themselves against Forsyth Central and Class 7A No. 4  West Forsyth. The Falcons were outscored 15-5 in the fourth quarter against Forsyth Central, dropping 51-44 as Jillian Bretz torched them for 28 points as UMass-signee Aisha Dabo watched from the sideline with a season-ending torn meniscus. In the loss, Mercer-signee Ashlee Locke scored her 1,000th point and finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks while Shaina Kriews contributed 15 points and 5 rebounds. Replacing Flowery Branch is No. 9 Marist, who knocked off Class A-Private No. 9 Trinity Christian 40-38.

No movement occurred in Class 3A. No. 2 Johnson-Savannah blew out New Hampstead 80-34 while No. 6 Stephens County saw Ranajah Verdell score 14 points in a 52-25 win over Butler. No. 10 Coahulla Creek hung on against Heritage-Catoosa 46-40.

There wasn’t any shifting in Class 2A, but Florida State-signee Makayla Timpson put the rest of the state on notice in No. 1 Early County’s 72-45 win over Seminole County. The 6-foot-3 post kicked off her senior season with a bang, scoring a career-high 44 points to go with 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. No. 4 Josey had a strong night from Ky’Shonna Brown in a 73-37 win over Hephzibah, the highly sought-after guard tallying 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks.  No. 5 Vidalia defeated Jenkins County 55-34 while No. 8 Fannin County beat Pickens 65-56 at the ETC Tip-Off Classic at Gilmer, setting up a matchup with the host school today.

Class A-Private wasted no time challenging each other. No. 1 Hebron Christian rolled at the Parkview TOC with a 73-54 win over Harrison getting 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 steals from Malia Fisher while Samford-signees Nicole Azar (17 points and 7 assists) and Carly Heidger (11 points) did damage as well. No. 2 St. Francis moves up two spots after securing a 70-61 win over No. 4 Holy Innocents’ who slides two places. Sandwiched in between is No. 3 Mt. Paran who suffered a 79-66 loss to Class 5A No. 2 Woodward Academy, Kara Dunn scoring 31. No. 5 Galloway earned wins over Paideia (58-34) and Pinecrest Academy (67-18). No. 7 Greenforest hangs onto their spot after a 68-52 loss to Class 7A No. 2 Collins Hill at the Parkview TOC. L’or Mputu and Ineza Sifa scored 14 apiece. No. 9 Trinity Christian is down one position after losing 40-38 to Class 4A No. 9 Marist.

Only No. 4 Turner County played in Class A-Public, beating Echols County 86-23.

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Class AAAAAAA

1. Grayson (1-0)
2. Pebblebrook (1-0)
3. McEachern (1-0)
4. Berkmar (1-0)
5. Milton (0-1)
6. Norcross (1-0)
7. Cherokee (1-0)
8. Newton (0-1)
9. North Gwinnett (0-1)
10. Etowah (1-0)

Class AAAAAA

1. Wheeler (0-0)
2. Kell (0-0)
3. Lanier (1-0)
4. Buford (1-0)
5. Heritage-Conyers (1-1)
6. Douglas County (2-0)
7. Allatoona (0-0)
8. South Cobb (0-0)
9. Chattahoochee (0-0)
10. Richmond Hill (0-0)

Class AAAAA

1. Tri-Cities (1-0)
2. St. Pius X (1-0)
3. Veterans (1-0)
4. Woodward Academy (1-0)
5. Eagle’s Landing (0-0)
6. Warner Robins (0-0)
7. Chapel Hill (0-0)
8. Cass (1-0)
9. Blessed Trinity (1-0)
10. Woodland-Stockbridge (2-0)

Class AAAA

1. Miller Grove (0-0)
2. Spencer (1-0)
3. Baldwin (0-0)
4. Fayette County (0-1)
5. Westover (1-0)
6. Stephenson (0-0)
7. Jenkins (1-1)
8. Westside-Macon (0-0)
9. Monroe (1-0)
10. Mays (0-0)

Class AAA

1. Sandy Creek (1-0)
2. Windsor Forest (1-0)
3. Johnson-Savannah (1-0)
4. Hart County (0-1)
5. Salem (1-0)
6. Upson-Lee (0-0)
7. LaFayette (0-0)
8. Cross Creek (0-0)
9. GAC (0-0)
10. Monroe Area (0-0)

Class AA

1. Pace Academy (0-1)
2. Swainsboro (0-0)
3. Columbia (0-0)
4. Lovett (0-0)
5. Thomasville (1-0)
6. Butler (0-0)
7. Woodville-Tompkins (2-0)
8. Laney (0-1)
9. Vidalia (1-0)
10. Jeff Davis (0-0)

Class A-Private

1. St. Francis (0-1)
2. Greenforest (0-0)
3. Mt. Pisgah (1-0)
4. Providence Christian (0-1)
5. Galloway (0-0)
6. St. Anne-Pacelli (0-0)
7. Holy Innocents’ (2-0)
8. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (0-0)
9. Trinity Christian (1-0)
10. First Presbyterian Day (0-0)

Class A-Public

1. Hancock Central (0-0)
2. Terrell County (0-0)
3. Drew Charter (2-0)
4. Manchester (0-0)
5. Lincoln County (0-0)
6. Calhoun County (0-0)
7. Lanier County (0-0)
8. Taylor County (0-0)
9. Turner County (1-0)
10. Wilkinson County (0-0)

The GHSA season has officially “tipped” or make that inbounded. There will be uncertainty now more than ever when it comes to the polls. Not only are we dealing with the usually football players absences, injuries and eligibility issues here and there, but with COVID contact tracing, players will be forced out of the lineup for potentially weeks at a time. There is no consistency with school districts either. DeKalb County has suspended winter sports indefinitely, meaning teams like Class 4A No. 1 Miller Grove and No. 6 Stephenson aren’t sure when their seasons will start. The same can be said about Class 2A No. 3 Columbia. With that being said, there will be, as always, a lot of movement in the polls throughout the season, especially if some schools aren’t allowed to play. A team can’t sit dormant at the top of the poll without playing a game for over a month into the season. We may have to adopt something similar to what has been done with the NCAA college football rankings: once your season starts, you will be eligible for the rankings. While it hasn’t come to that just yet, it is something to think about.

As far as the actual action on the court, there will be some moving and shaking as always at the beginning of the season when Top 10 opponents matchup. While it may look like seismic changes, up or down a handful of spots, remember that the rankings always find a way to sort themselves out as more results are tallied. With that being said, the OTR Tip-Off Classic, Jared Cook Classic, Sweet South Shootout and North Georgia Showcase already have us off and running in 2020-21.

Just one game into the season and there is already a new top dog in Class 7A. No. 5 Milton drops four spots after Randy Brady beat them with a late bucket 56-55 at the OTR Tip-Off Classic to give No. 3 McEachern a huge win and move the Indians up two spots. Both teams weren’t at full strength. Milton was missing LT Overton and Devin Farrell due to football while McEachern saw Arkansas-signee Chance Moore and Bobby Moore miss the game. Brady had 15 points in the win while Braden Sparks stepped up with 14 and UGA-commit Cam McDowell finished with 13. Bruce Thornton was held to 11 points while Campbell-signee Broc Bidwell and Kanaan Carlyle scored 16 apiece for Milton. The new number one? Last year’s best team throughout the season: No. 1 Grayson. The Rams got 19 points and 8 rebounds from Robert Cowherd and 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 blocks from Clemson-signee Ian Schieffelin in their 67-56 win over Class A-Private No. 1 St. Francis at the OTR Tip-Off. Alabama-signee Jusaun Holt led the Knights with 24 points. New addition Tyrese Elliott made a big difference in the backcourt for the Rams, tallying 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. No. 2 Pebblebrook rises a spot after securing a 77-56 win over Class 4A No. 4 Fayette County behind South Alabama-signee Tyler Shirley (17) and Aaron Reddish (15). No. 4 Berkmar pounded Brookwood 89-59 at the Jared Cook Classic, the Team Huncho core of Malique Ewin (29 points, 13 rebounds), Jermahri Hill (25 points, 8 rebounds), Destin Logan (11 points) and Jameel Rideout (8 points and 5 assists) overpowering the Broncos. No. 6 Norcross blasted Osborne 65-35 at the OTR Tip-Off with new faces London Johnson (17) and Jahki Howard (12) leading the while No. 7 Cherokee put on a show in their 83-47 throttling of Alexander, Xavier-signee Elijah Tucker (21), Ethan Pickett (15) and Taihland Owens (14) combining for 50 points. No. 8 Newton and No. 9 North Gwinnett both suffered close losses but remain entrenched in their preseason positions. The Rams lost 70-69 to Class 5A No. 4 Woodward Academy while the Bulldogs fell 56-54 to Shiloh.

No. 5 Heritage-Conyers sinks three spots in Class 6A after an 81-60 loss to Salem, who cracks the poll in Class 3A after the win. No. 3 Lanier inches up one spot after a wild comeback in the North Georgia Showcase against Class 3A No. 4 Hart County 72-69, grabbing their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter. With three players fouling out on each team, it was Lanier’s depth and youth that won the game. Junior Justin Birch led the Longhorns with 14 points while Makai Vassell had 12 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out. Freshman Boogie Morgan chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. No. 4 Buford hammered Class A-Private No. 4 Providence Christian at the OTR Tip-Off as Caleb Blackwell erupted for 26 points and 8 assists followed by Alahn Sumler’s 16 points and 8 rebounds. No. 6 Douglas County scored road wins over New Manchester (60-44) and Marietta (59-44) to start the year.

The Top 3 in Class 5A enjoyed blowout wins. No. 1 Tri-Cities obliterated Hapeville Charter 102-38, No. 2 St. Pius X raced away in the second half to beat Duluth in the North Georgia Showcase 69-44 with Rollins College-commit Brookes Kahlert dazzling to the tune of 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals.  No. 3 Veterans handled West Laurens 75-42. No. 4 Woodward Academy climbs a spot after Logan Stephens hit a game-winner with 1.2 seconds remaining to knock off Class 7A No. 8 Newton 70-69. Stephens finished with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Belmont-signee Will Richard dumped in 31 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals. No. 8 Cass defeated Woodstock 73-56 and No. 9 Blessed Trinity survived North Cobb 57-55 behind Ben Hamacher’s 18 points. Out of the poll is Mundy’s Mill (1-1). The Tigers beat Hampton 78-34 before losing to replacement No. 10 Woodland-Stockbridge 63-46. The Wolfpack went 2-0 at the Sweet South Shootout, beating Troup County 65-48 in their first game. In the win over Mundy’s Mill, Jaedon Martin (20) and Gregory Kearney (17) combined for 37 points.

If Class 4A wasn’t confusing enough with transfers and then no clear juggernaut to choose from, now with DeKalb County schools suspending play, we won’t know how good No. 1 Miller Grove and No. 6 Stephenson are for quite some time. It will be a waiting game until they officially get the green light. With that being said, there are no changes in this week’s poll. One team that hasn’t had any issues with the county is No. 2 Spencer. The Greenwave stormed Dougherty 76-61 with JaQuez Holt (16), Jhalil Parker (12), Quran Hoskin (11), James Smyre (10) and Tycen McDaniels (10) leading a balanced attack. No. 5 Westover handled Dougherty as well, 62-46 with Isaac Abidde scoring 15 points and Effrin Smith adding 12. Another South Georgia program got off on the right foot in No. 9 Monroe. They survived Lee County 40-39 behind Domonik Henderson’s 15 points. No. 7 Jenkins defeated St. Andrew’s 55-37 before falling 77-68 to Class 3A No. 2 Windsor Forest. The Warriors hold tight to their position even with the loss.

No. 1 Sandy Creek represented for Class 3A in their 63-59 win over Class 2A No. 1 Pace Academy at the OTR Tip-Off. Washington State-signee Myles Rice scored 22 points while Auburn-signee Jabari Smith netted 18 – 12 in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback. No. 2 Windsor Forest defeated Class 4A No. 7 Jenkins 77-68. No. 3 Johnson-Savannah got Coach Chuck Campbell his first career win, beating New Hampstead 74-55 as Antonio Baker Jr. poured in 26 points. Emondre Bowles added 19. No. 4 Hart County hangs onto their position after a narrow defeat to Class 6A No. 3 Lanier at the North Georgia Showcase 72-69. The Bulldogs led the entire game until the 5:30 mark of the fourth quarter when fouls began to pile up. Six players fouled out – three on each team. The Bulldogs, who led 37-28 at the half and 56-48 after three, had to play nearly the entire fourth quarter without 6-foot-7 Tahj Johnson and guard Sean Teasley, Johnson fouling out after a controversial double-foul and then a technical. Best on best, Hart County looked like the better team on Saturday but the difference was 6A depth vs. 3A depth. Lanier’s young guards stepped up in a major way while Hart County ran out of bullets in the chamber. But the best player on the floor last night was indeed 6-foot-4 wing Shone Webb, a recent Emmanuel College-commit, who finished with 26 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks. Webb guarded James Madison-signee Andrew McConnell the entire game, holding him to 9 points before fouling him out by drawing an offensive foul. Webb is the state’s best defender and his dynamic play makes Hart County a legitimate title contender. Another title contender? Try No. 5 Salem who skyrockets into the poll after Dawson County (0-1) drops out following a 72-70 loss to Creekview at the GetMickey Raider Classic. Coach Wallace Corker bagged a signature win by controlling preseason Class 6A No. 2 Heritage-Conyers 81-60. An influx of talent has poured in with 6-foot-1 senior Javen Flowers-Smith, a former All-State guard that was second in DeKalb County in scoring (18.2) as a freshman at Redan before transferring to Florida, 6-foot-1 junior Jarrod Taylor from Nashville, who netted 18 in the win over Heritage, 6-foot-4 senior Avion Young (Alcovy) and 5-foot-10 junior Ju’Wel Wilson (Heritage School). Add in freshman guard Clark Mastin and junior forwards 6-foot-6 Jason Shropshire and 6-foot-4 Jeremiah Flournoy and you have a dangerous team in Region 5 that could potentially pose problems for No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 9 GAC.

A 63-59 loss to Class 3A No. 1 Sandy Creek does not affect Class 2A No. 1 Pace Academy’s status atop the poll. Josh Reed scored 15 points in the loss followed by Florida State-signee Matthew Cleveland and Cleveland State-signee Cole Middleton’s 14 apiece. Madison Durr added 13. No. 8 Laney is down three spots after getting thumped by Evans 88-66. No. 7 Woodville-Tompkins is up one position following a 2-0 start with wins over Islands 71-41 and Groves 50-47. Four players scored in double digits vs. Groves led by Zion Powers’ 13 points.

In Class A-Private, no one stood out in Week 1. No. 1 St. Francis remains on top after a tough 67-56 loss to new Class 7A No. 1 Grayson. No. 3 Mt. Pisgah beat The Weber School 50-40 while No. 4 Providence Christian lost 66-48 to Class 6A No. 5 Buford, Chance Thacker (14) and Tony Carpio (12) leading the Storm. Wesleyan (0-1) is out after a 60-48 loss to a West Forsyth team that was decimated by graduation and more-so transfers this offseason. In at No. 9 is Trinity Christian. The Lions beat Marist 61-47 with transfers Sami Pissis (Florida) and Jackson Barnes (Landmark Christian) doing damage. Pissis had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Barnes chipped in 14 points. Holdover Isaac Brito netted 18 points.

Only No. 3 Drew Charter and No. 9 Turner County played in Class A-Public. The Eagles destroyed Atlanta Classical 94-45 and WD Mohammed 87-54. JaKobe Strozier poured in 28 points in the season opener. Turner County beat Echols County 70-25.

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Game Night Recap 11-21 https://sandysspiel.com/game-night-recap-11-21-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=game-night-recap-11-21-2 Sun, 22 Nov 2020 06:05:15 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10680 BOYS Class AAAAAAA No. 2 Grayson 67, A-PrivateNo. 1 St. Francis 56: Clemson-signee Ian Schieffelin posted 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 blocks to help the Rams past St. Francis at the OTR Tip-off Classic. Robert Cowherd finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Tyrese Elliott had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 … Continue reading Game Night Recap 11-21

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BOYS

Class AAAAAAA

No. 2 Grayson 67, A-PrivateNo. 1 St. Francis 56: Clemson-signee Ian Schieffelin posted 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 blocks to help the Rams past St. Francis at the OTR Tip-off Classic. Robert Cowherd finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Tyrese Elliott had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Charleston Southern-signee Taje Kelly and Chauncey Wiggins each had 10 points. Kaden McArthur dished out 6 assists. Alabama-signee Jusaun Holt led St. Francis with 24 points followed by Seth Hubbard’s 13.

No. 3 Pebblebrook 77, 4ANo. 4 Fayette County 56:
South Alabama-signee Tyler Shirley (17) and Aaron Reddish (15) paced the Falcons. Kaleb Banks had 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals in the loss followed by Terry Brown’s 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

No. 4 Berkmar 89, Brookwood 59: Berkmar pounded Brookwood at the Jared Cook Classic behind Malique Ewin’s 29 points and 13 rebounds. Jermahri Hill had 25 points and 8 rebounds. Recent transfers Destin Logan (11 points) and Jameel Rideout (8 points, 5 assists) also chipped in.

No. 5 McEachern 56, No. 1 Milton 55: McEachern toppled Milton, who was without LT Overton due to football. Randy Brady scored 15 points including the game-winner to lead the Indians. Braden Sparks scored 14 points and Georgia-signee Cam McDowell had 13 while Arkansas-signee Chance Moore sat out. Milton was led by Campbell-signee Broc Bidwell and Kanaan Carlyle’s 16 points apiece. Bruce Thornton scored 11.

No. 6 Norcross 65, Osborne 35: London Johnson (17) and Jahki Howard (12) led Norcross. Jaden Harris added 10 points. Osborne saw Zocko Littleton finish with 18 points and 3 assists and Christian Carroll net 9 points.

West Forsyth 60, A-PrivateNo. 7 Wesleyan 48: Jake Mooney had 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead West Forsyth. Russell Miller had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Grant Moore added 8 points and 6 rebounds. Max Smith scored 9 points. Wesleyan was led by Tate Gilley’s 19 points. Thomas Chipman had 14 points and 9 rebounds while Beau Brown scored 12 points and drew 3 charges.

Denmark 62, Alpharetta 53: Alabama Huntsville-signee Sutton Smith led the way with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Jayden Hilliman collected 16 points and 19 rebounds. Joseph Scott had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Kourtland Tolbert added 11 points.

South Forsyth 60, Peachtree Ridge 53:
Brandon Stoudamire posted 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the War Eagles who without star Devin McGlockton due to football. Ethan Underwood pitched in 18 points. The Lions were led by Jairus Griffin’s 16 points and 6 rebounds and Chris Green’s 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Collins Hill 80, Gainesville 75:
In a hotly contested battled, Ethan Davis’ putback at the 6:10 mark gave the Eagles the lead for good at the North Georgia Showcase. Vino Glover led Collins Hill 22 points and 3 steals. Chris Lanns had 16 points and 5 rebounds while Alpha Diallo pitched in 16 points and 4 rebounds off the bench. Davis finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Jabre Mills had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Gainesville was led by Robert Reisman’s 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Dylan Bobga added 15 points and Eli Pitts scored 12. Jimmie Jackson had 8 points in the loss.

Kennesaw Mountain 60, The King’s Academy 34: Jordan James went 13-16 from the line and finished with 29 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Nick Hein added 15 points and 8 rebounds.

Walton 48, Roswell 35: Dylan Pumpian pumped in 6 threes en route to 22 points.

South Gwinnett 59, North Atlanta 52: Maalik Leitch led South Gwinnett with 15 points and 6 assists. Jet Horne had 14 points and 6 assists while Kevon Shepherd tallied 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jacob Washington finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Class AAAAAA

No. 4 Lanier 72, 3ANo. 4 Hart County 69: After trailing the entire game, Conner Marcantel gave the Longhorns their first lead of the game at 59-58 with 5:30 left in the fourth before Lanier managed to survive a wild affair in the North Georgia Showcase finale that saw James Madison-signee Andrew McConnell foul out with 9 points, Makai Vassell with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Iajah Phillips with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Hart County played the fourth quarter without Tahj Johnson (9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Sean Teasley (9 points, 4 rebounds) who both fouled out. Jay Heard fouled out later in the fourth. Lanier’s young guards made key plays down the stretch. Junior Justin Birch had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while freshman Boogie Morgan had 11 points and 5 rebounds and freshman CJ Hyland hit two clutch free throws in the fourth during their comeback. In the loss, Emmanuel-commit Shone Webb poured in 26 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks. JC Curry had 11 points – 6 in the fourth.

No. 5 Buford 66, A-PrivateNo. 4 Providence Christian 48:
Caleb Blackwell totaled 26 points and 8 assists while Alahn Sumler added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the Buford win. Jaylon Taylor had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Hysan Dalton tacked on 8 points and 5 rebounds. Providence Christian saw Chance Thacker and Tony Carpio scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Shiloh 56, 7ANo. 9 North Gwinnett 54: Devon Barnes tallied 13 points and 5 rebounds. Zaron Jackson had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Trevon Payton added 10 points and 6 rebounds. RJ Godfrey led North Gwinnett with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Alabama Huntsville-signee Brendan Rigsbee posted 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Creekview 72, 3ANo. 9 Dawson County 70: Creekview knocked off Dawson County at the GetMickey Raider Classic behind Umar Rashid’s 24 points and 9 rebounds. Jayden Cox-Young scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while Daniel Collis netted 15. Trent Jackson tallied 5 points and 7 assists. Dawson County was led by Jake Craft’s game-high 32 points. Joakeim Celestin scored 17 and Max Tierney added 15.

Winder-Barrow 73, Mt. Bethel 50:
Tim Loud went for 25 points, 8 rebounds and drew 2 charges. Wyatt Fricks debuted with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Alex Gibson contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds. Ahmad Scott tallied 5 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.

Cambridge 63, Grady 52: Autrey Barnes led the Knights with 16 points and Kyle Hanson followed with 10 in the loss.

Centennial 61, Lambert 57: The Knights rallied from down 13 behind Logan Turner’s 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Mansir Williamson had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Wade Kahl had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Duncan stuffed the stat sheet with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. KJ Spooney tossed in 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. In the loss, Paul Lunguana had 19 points and 13 rebounds while Mason Barnes added 14 points and 9 boards. James Tyre had 10 points and 3 assists.

Dacula 67, Paideia 37: Lamariyon Jordan (16), Bryce Wilson (10), Gabe Omoregie (10), Josh Mathurin (8) and Jansen Adams (8) balanced the Falcons.

Class AAAAA

No. 2 St. Pius X 69, Duluth 44: After hitting 7 first half threes to go into the half down 33-27, Duluth ran out of gas and made just one triple in the second half and saw a 27-6 third quarter doom their upset bid at the North Georgia Showcase. Brookes Kahlert tallied 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Trey Acklin pitched in 14 points, 4 rebounds, 8 steals and 1 block while Callum Petersen had 12 points. Duluth was led by Will Peak’s 4 threes and 14 points off the bench. John Durden had 12 points and 4 rebounds.

No. 5 Woodward Academy 70, 7ANo. 8 Newton 69: Logan Stephens poured in 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists along with the game-winning bucket with 1.2 seconds left. Belmont-signee Will Richard battled for 31 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals. Jakai Newton and Stephon Castle had 22 apiece in the loss.

No. 8 Cass 73, Woodstock 56:
Zaylan Chaney finished with 24 points, Braxton Benham 21 and CJ Pipkin 9 in the win.

No. 9 Blessed Trinity 57, North Cobb 55:
Ben Hamacher scored 18 points and Jax Bouknight netted 13 for the Titans. Brigham Rogers added 10 points. In the loss Tyler Gorsuch scored 20 points. Jared Dejesus netted 11 and Kisean Dixon had 8.

Woodland-Stockbridge 61, No. 10 Mundy’s Mill 45: Jaedon Martin (20) and Gregory Kearney (17) powered the Wolfpack.

Class AAAA

No. 5 Westover 62, Dougherty 46: Isaac Abidde scored 15 points and Effrin Smith netted 12.

No. 9 Monroe 40, Lee County 39:
The Tornadoes won a low scoring game behind Dominik Henderson’s 15 points. Lee County was led by MJ Taylor’s 15.

Cedar Shoals 78, Morgan County 48:
Kashik Brown continued his rampant scoring output from over the summer with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals at the Sweet South Showcase. Roger Walker added 12 points and 6 rebounds while Isaiah Sanchez chipped in 7 points and 4 assists.

Class AAA

No. 1 Sandy Creek 63, 2ANo. 1 Pace Academy 59: At the OTR Tip-off Classic, Washington State-signee Myles Rice (22) and Auburn-signee Jabari Smith (18) led the Patriots past the Knights. Josh Reed scored 15 for Pace Academy.  Florida State-signee Matthew Cleveland and Cleveland State-signee Cole Middleton scored 14 apiece.  Madison Durr added 13.

No. 3 Johnson-Savannah 74, New Hampstead 55: Antonio Baker Jr. popped with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists to help Coach Chuck Campbell win his first game. Emondre Bowles tacked on 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Larry Pounds pitched in 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Cherokee Bluff 59, Mill Creek 49:
Still missing players from football and injury, the host Bears overpowered Mill Creek inside at the North Georgia Showcase. Back from a broken leg, 6-foot-9 senior Corey Thomas dominated the paint with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 6 blocks. Dre Raven pitched in 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Carlos Marlow added 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal while Cade Simmons finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Mill Creek was paced by Johnathan Taylor’s 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Josh Pittman hit 4 threes en route to 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Nate Fincher contributed 8 points.

Rockmart 91, Villa Rica 78: Rockmart took advantage of a COVID-riden Villa Rica and saw freshman Treylin Davis and 6-foot-9 junior Damian Horton score 22 apiece in the win. Luke Noland (15), Cody Williams (13) and Rhyan Carter (9) all got in on the action.

Lumpkin County 47, Johnson-Gainesville 37: Gus Faulkner had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Jones Harris scored 11 points and Chandler Pulley netted 9 points. Brian Cunane had 6 points and 10 rebounds.

Thomson 84, Aquinas 54: Lavonte Ivery and Jalen McCall scored 15 points apiece in the blowout.

Class AA

No. 8 Woodville-Tompkins 50, Groves 47: Zion Powers (13), Alfonzo Ross (12), Antonio Hunt (11) and Larry Chapman (10) carried the Wolverines.

 

Class A-Private

No. 8 Holy Innocents’ 54, White County 47: Role players stepped up down the stretch as Holy Innocents’ held off White County at the North Georgia Showcase. Garrison Powell poured in 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks while Justin Wilson came to life in the second half and added 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to power the Golden Bears. 6-foot-6 Nicholas Verlander provided key minutes inside with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks while Harrison Verlander chipped in 3 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. In the loss, Jadon Yeh went for 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Kenny Simpson double-doubled with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks.

Hebron Christian 66, Jefferson 51: Sam Hutto scored 14 points for the Lions. 6-foot-9 freshman Jayden Williams double-doubled with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Zach Calvert scored 12 points and Jerill Nix had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jackson Owens netted 9 points.

Class A-Public

Bowdon 97, Atlanta Classical 25: Authur Johnson dumped in 26 points followed by Kireques Vaughn and Seth Farmer’s 19 apiece. Andrew Messer (12) and Jalani McDaniel (11) both cracked double digits.

Seminole County 63, Early County 59: Nick Cull had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals while sinking 5 threes. Freshman Ethan Johnson contributed 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Non-GHSA

Arlington Christian 54, Community Christian 48: Rashod Rouse (16), Ethan Carter (11) and James Gibson (10) all cracked double figures.

 

GIRLS

Class AAAAAAA

No. 2 Collins Hill 68, A-PrivateNo. 7 Greenforest 52: At the Parkview Tip-off Classic, Purdue-signee Sacha Washington piled in 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks to lift the Eagles past Greenforest. In the loss, Ineza Sifa and L’or Mputu scored 14 apiece.

No. 3 Woodstock 52, No. 8 North Paulding 36: In an early season Top 10 tilt, Woodstock pulled away in the second half behind Bridget Utberg’s 19 points. Sara Grace Bertolini and Karson Martin scored 11 points apiece.

No. 4 West Forsyth 68, 4ANo. 9 Flowery Branch 54: Cayla Cowart hung 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals while Kalie Thrower tossed in 13 points and 3 steals. Molly Quincy and Katherine Botoms scored 7 points apiece.

No. 5 Archer 51, 5ANo. 4 Loganville 25: Taniya McGowan (17), Ashanti Bryant (10) and Cazia Nelson (7 points, 5 assists) paced the Tigers.

No. 6 Grayson 63, Mountain View 17: South Alabama-signee Nadia Howard recorded 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the win. Kourtney Rittenberry had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Tylia Kemp added 10 points.

No. 7 Campbell 44, 5ANo. 5 Maynard Jackson 42: Laila Battle tallied 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

No. 10 Cherokee 60, South Gwinnett 27: Furman-signee Kate Johnson tallied 16 points while Skylar Edwards and Presli Clark scored 12 and 7 points, respectively.

Etowah 48, Lassiter 35: Soccer star Ally Zazzara poured in 23 points. Freshman Megan Reed added 7.

Walton 55, Roswell 53: Lexy Harris had 16 points to lead the way. Liz Williams scored 12 points. Makala Torrence led Roswell with 21 points followed by Maren Cline’s 11.

South Forsyth 41, Hillgrove 37: Clara Morris (14), Ava McGlockton (10), Sharon Tolliver (8) and Maggie Thompson (7) balanced the War Eagles.

Newton 57, Woodland-Stockbridge 33: Freshman Sanaa Tripp posted 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals in her debut.

Class AAAAAA

No. 1 Westlake 74, Parkview 57: Virginia Tech-signee Brianna Turnage posted 16 points and 12 rebounds in a win over host school Parkview at the Tip-off Classic.

No. 7 Lovejoy 64, Marietta 47: Chloe Sterling tallied 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in the loss while Loren Nelson netted 11 points. Michigan State-signee Lauren Walker had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Makayah Harris had 6 points, 4 steals and 6 deflections.

Lanier 66, Lakeview Academy 31: Karina Lopez had 13 points and 8 steals while Renasha Benjamin posted 14 points and 8 rebounds in the rout at the North Georgia Showcase.

Dacula 49, Mill Creek 21: Lazaria Spearman went for 20 points, 16 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks at the Dacula Tip-off Classic. Mekera Standridge had 15 points and 3 assists. Danyelle Palmore added 6 points and 5 steals.

Rome 47, Creekview 36: At the GetMickey Raider Classic, Creekview was led by Mackenzi Salas’ 13 points. Abby Martin scored 8 points and Taylor Collins had 6.

Class AAAAA

No. 2 Woodward Academy 79, A-PrivateNo. 3 Mt. Paran 66: Sydney Bowles dumped in 26 points to push the War Eagles past Mt. Paran at the Parkview Tip-off Classic. Sara Lewis double-doubled with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Kai Lanier had 12 points and 3 steals while Zoe Scott chipped in 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Kara Dunn led the Falcons with 31 points and 4 assists followed by Havalynn Abernathy’s 12 points and 5 steals. Kaylynn Kirklen had 8 points and 6 assists.

No. 10 New Manchester 66, Morrow 19: Kamryn Bates, India Johnson and Azaria Robertson all had 12 points. Kharyssa Richardson and Hannah Wright each scored 11 points.

Ola 54, Northgate 32: Shaniya Joyner scored 16 points while Niara Mills added 10.

Harris County 59, Fayette County 34: Jherni Carter double-doubled with 17 points and 11 rebounds. A’Lexiah McMillan added 11 points and 9 steals. Brooke Bass (11) and Ayanna Johnson (10) scored in double figures.

Class AAAA

No. 2 Jefferson 81, Morgan County 30: North Georgia-signee Livi Blackstock scored 16 points followed by Ellie Kinlaw (14), Courtney Kidd (11), Deshona Gaither (10) and Jyesha Butts (9) in an opening round rout at the Tabo’s Tip-off Classic

No. 4 McDonough 63, Stockbridge 55 OT: Freshman Carrington Wilson almost led Stockbridge to an early upset, dropping 26 points. Amaya Jackson had 11 in the loss.

No. 6 Luella 55, 7ANo. 9 Norcross 53:
Cortney Gardner scored 20 points and Furman-signee Jada Session had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ari Dyson chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Breyelle Mobley tossed in 7 points and 8 rebounds.

No. 8 Spalding 39, 5ANo. 5 Griffin 28:
Nuriyah Slaton had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals.

North Oconee 61, White County 50: The Titans got 24 points from Callie Jackson and 11 from Annika Bonds, beating White County who was without Dasha Cannon at the North Georgia Showcase. Maddy Dickens added 9 points in the win. The Warriors were led by Emmanuel-signee Maddie Futch’s 28 points and 6 rebounds.

Class AAA

No. 6 Stephens County 52, Butler 25: Ranajah Verdell scored 14 points followed by Nana Eades (11), KiKi Howard (9) and Agnes Scott-signee Lindsay Moore (5).

Hart County 44, Cherokee Bluff 40:
In a back-and-forth game on Cherokee Bluff’s home floor in the opener of the North Georgia Showcase, Hart County saw freshman Dakota Phillips and senior Taniya Alexander make key plays down the stretch to put away the Bears. Alexander posted 15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block. Phillips crafted together 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block while Alexis Walker added 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Timber Gaither carried Cherokee Bluff, scoring 13-straight points in the second half and finishing with a game-high 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Finley Millwood chipped in 7 points while Kaitlin Cook had 6.

Lumpkin County 66, Calhoun 44: The Lady Indians got off on the right foot with a blowout win. Freshman Averie Jones dumped in 20 points. North Georgia-signee Isabel Davenport scored 12 points followed by Mary Mullinax (10), Lexi Pierce (9) and Madison Powell (9).

Class AA

No. 4 Josey 73, Hephzibah 37: Ky’Shonna Brown (18) and Deajah Houck (14) paced the Eagles.

Heard County 41, Central-Carrollton 35:
Rachel Wilson had 22 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Temple 65, Berkmar 17: Jayda Smith (24), Indya Price (14) and Esther Jacobson (14) led a deep attack. Yanirka Lopez added 8 points.

Class A-Private

No. 1 Hebron Christian 73, Harrison 54: Rice-signee Malia Fisher posted 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 steals while Samford-signees Nicole Azar (17 points and 7 assists) and Carly Heidger (11 points) also did damage. UNC Asheville-signee Carly Fahey recorded 8 points and 7 assists.

Tallulah Falls 49, Rabun Gap 45:
Veronaye Charlton (15), Katy Corbett (14) and Denika Lightbourne (12) carried the Indians.

 

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