2023 Week 3 Recap

Week 3 Recap

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Dawson County 46, Athens Academy 32

Anna Ayers is a nice piece of the Dawson County (3-0) machine that sometimes may get lost in the shuffle. She doesn’t need to score often in order to be a positive influence on the game. She contributes across the board and showcased a soft touch on Sunday, hitting a baseline jumper and converting an And-1 while shooting 7-7 from the foul line. Jaci Wilson continued her steady play in the post, scoring with a hook shot and effectively protecting the paint. Morgan Chester scored on a pair of high post drives and looked good a decision maker off the dribble, able to locate her bigs for dump off assists. Junior Rielyn Talley has had a nice offseason. She has the size to help guard bigger players and chip in as a rebounder, but her best skill is her outside shooting. She drilled three three-pointers. Eva Bishop made her season debut fresh off the volleyball court. The junior provided great physicality inside and proved to be a defensive anchor, racking up rebounds, steals and blocks. Athens Academy (1-2) couldn’t keep pace with the veteran Tigers after trailing just 19-17 at the break. Kendall Lawson did her damage in the first half, using her quickness to force turnovers and helped stretch the defense with her three-ball. Millie Pugmire is another good young player. The wiry off-guard has some 3&D in her game.


2024 5-6 G Anna Ayers – 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
2024 5-11 F Morgan Chester – 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block
2025 5-8 W Rielyn Talley – 9 points, 2 rebounds
2024 6-2 C Jaci Wilson – 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
2025 5-11 PF Eva Bishop – 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks

2027 5-7 PG Kendall Lawson – 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
2027 5-7 SG Millie Pugmire – 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
2027 5-8 W Caddie Grow – 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals

Fannin County 47, Jefferson 34

Following a rare off week in which she was held to just one field goal, Courtney Davis exploded for 25 points and seized control of the league lead in scoring (16.0 PPG) as Fannin County (2-1) handed Jefferson (2-1) their first loss. Davis was in attack mode from the open, aggressively working her way downhill as she found angles to get to her right hand. Courtney mixed in a pair of threes and went 5-6 from the line. Aside from her dynamic scoring, what really impressed me was Davis’ ability to feed the post. She delivered perfect touch pass lobs over the defense to Reese Lewis for easy hoops. Lewis double-doubled with 11 points and 13 rebounds, converting on three lob entries and running the floor for quick buckets. Maggie Ledford followed Davis’ lead, also dropping in dimes to the post for points in the paint. Jefferson was powered by Eve Knight inside. She scored with a drop step and later finished through contact for an And-1.  Alayah Johnson and Michel Robbins each scored 7 points.


2024 5-6 PG Courtney Davis – 25 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
2026 5-11 PF Reese Lewis – 11 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block
2026 5-4 G Maddie Ledford – 2 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

2025 5-10 C Eve Knight – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
2027 5-8 G Michel Robbins – 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
2027 5-8 G Alayah Johnson – 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Redline 34, Lanier 32

Carib Morris went 11-14 from the foul line as Redline (2-1) held off Lanier (0-3). The seventh grader was able to push the ball and get to her spin move in traffic to draw fouls. Her activity in the paint as a rebounder and shot blocker were keys to victory. Leah Bryan got off the schneid with a corner three and a baseline pull-up. Calliegh Salvador’s motor was impressive, racking up rebounds and steals. Asja Howell’s two-way versatility was on display for Lanier. The long and athletic guard is a good rebounder and has the ability to defend multiple spots. League leader in blocks per game (2.5) Michelle Ezumah swatted away a pair of shots. The freshman needs to get stronger and work on her balance inside, but her length and timing defensively will make her an impactful rim protector from Day 1.


2029 6-1 F Carib Morris – 15 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks
2028 5-8 W Leah Bryan – 5 points, 1 block
2028 5-6 PG Ana Anzola – 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
2028 5-4 PG Calleigh Salvador – 2 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals

2024 5-9 G Asja Howell – 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
2026 5-5 G Jordan Johnson – 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
2027 5-10 C Michelle Ezumah – 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks

Union County 47, Denmark 41

Lara Turner had a breakout performance to lift Union County (2-1) past Denmark (0-3). Turner played with an aggressive mindset and found success late, scoring 15 of her 17 points in the second half. The springy combo-forward hit a one-dribble pull-up, a three, scored with a post step-through and had an And-1 spin on the block. Consistency is key for Lara. She has the physical tools and natural skills to play at the next level. She can create mismatches with her agility and length. Hope Taylor was efficient around the rim, scoring quickly on drop steps. Taylor used her frame well to score over her left shoulder. Ariel McCarter sank a pair of threes and helped facilitate. Emma Hempker made her debut for Denmark and was lights-out with 21 points off four threes. Hempker is one of Georgia’s top available perimeter scorers. Her jump shot is lethal. Emma plays at her own pace. She might not be lightning quick, but she’s strong and knows how to get to her offense. D-III schools are courting her. I think she is a D-II shot-maker. Avery Huffman netted two of Denmark’s eight threes.


2024 5-11 F Lara Turner – 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
2025 6-0 C Hope Taylor – 10 points, 5 rebounds
2025 5-9 G Ariel McCarter – 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

2024 5-9 SG Emma Hempker – 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block
2025 5-5 G Avery Huffman – 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

South Forsyth 34, North Hall 23

South Forsyth (1-2) scored their first win of the season behind a vintage Jadyn Kniceley performance. The senior was her hard-playing active self, slashing to the basket, snatching rebounds and providing pressure on-ball defense. Kniceley finished exceptionally well with her left hand, scoring three buckets. I liked how she was able to beat ball handlers to the spot to cut them off and prevent them from driving. North Hall (1-2) saw foul magnet Athena Vachtsevanos go 7-8 from the line. Zara Gosse had her best game of the season, carving out space as a rebounder and blocking shots.


2024 5-9 W Jadyn Kniceley – 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
2025 5-3 G Chloe Quinn – 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
2025 5-10 F Berkley Bennett – 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
2027 5-5 PG Avynn Kniceley – 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

2025 5-9 G Athena Vachtsevanos – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
2027 5-11 C Zara Gosse – 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

East Forsyth 41, Oconee County 33

Nora Swafford had a career day to power East Forsyth (2-1). The playmaking point guard drained two threes and successfully found points at the rim on drives as she tallied 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. The southpaw is good at darting different directions and has a strong and quick pound of the ball when turning the corner downhill. Ayla Heard got to her floater throughout the duration of the game while Hollyn Hicks scored four early points to get East Forsyth out to a 21-13 halftime lead. Julie Azeltine has emerged as one of the league’s most consistent players. The junior guard led Oconee County (2-1) with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Eliza Oechsle opened up the floor with a three and proceeded to attack the rim and get others involved.


2024 5-1 PG Nora Swafford – 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals
2025 5-6 G Ayla Heard – 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
2025 5-8 SG Hailey Hiddema – 5 points, 1 rebound
2027 6-1 F Hollyn Hicks – 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

2025 5-7 G Julie Azeltine – 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
2027 5-5 G Eliza Oechsle – 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
2026 5-6 W Lydia Gay – 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

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