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Ashlynn Bleisath2025 6-1 W Ashlynn Bleisath – Creekview
In what turned out to be a blood bath of a game, physical play with sporadic whistles, Ashlynn was an early casualty of foul trouble, sitting out the second quarter as Creekview held a narrow 19-18 lead at the half. Once Bleisath returned to the court she made an immediate impact with her floor spacing ability helping Creekview survive against Dalton in overtime 50-42. The sharpshooter scored all 13 of her points in the second half to pair with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Bleisath is mismatch with her size and shooting touch. She can pull out defenders to open up driving lanes for her guards. Bleisath knocked down three three-pointers, two from the corners able to shoot over any contests. She worked for position on the block against the zone in high-low opportunities. I think she’s the perfect fit to play at the high post against zones with her ability to catch, turn and shoot from the mid-range. Ashlynn used her size well to rebound and block shots against the smaller yet physical Catamounts. Anderson and New Mexico State have offered the combo-forward.

Amilya Taft2025 6-3 C Amilya Taft – Creekview
While the officials struggled mightily throughout the game for both sides, no one got the brunt of the bad calls more than Amilya Taft who swatted away shots at an alarming rate but was whistled for two or three clean ones. Even with the officiating issues, Taft still managed to dominate the paint and stay on the court for the majority of the game. Amilya took advantage of the Grace Ridley-less Catamounts posting 5 points, 18 rebounds and 8 blocks. Taft was able to get to balls before her opponents, high-pointing rebounds in traffic as she earned second chance opportunities on offense and limited any for the Catamounts on defense. Amilya swallowed up shot after shot inside, protecting the rim throughout the game. While it looked like she got all ball on a few of her blocks, Taft didn’t get the benefit of the whistle on a few occasions when it looked like she swatted down on shots. Offensively, Amilya went 3-4 from the foul line and scored on a hook shot in the paint. Quickening her foot work will help her when making decisive post moves. Taft saw ample time in the high post presenting a target to break the zone, catching and finding open shooters in the corners. D-I programs have been in contact with Amilya and have offered dating back to early in her career. D-II Anderson is the latest school to offer the towering post presence in June.

Marissa Mason2025 5-5 G Marissa Mason – Creekview
While the size of Creekview controlled the interior, Marissa Mason’s shot making on the perimeter was imperative for the Grizzlies. Mason broke out in the fourth quarter with seven key points including draining a three with 26 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Marissa hit a pair of threes on the day and made plays off the bounce, scoring on two pull-ups and dropping in a left-handed floater. Mason also did a good job finding the open man with her facilitating, finishing the game with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Marissa’s game is starting to blossom. If she continues to grow with the ball in her hands, it will elevate Creekview’s ceiling and make them that much harder to defend.

Jolie Wingfield2025 5-10 W Jolie Wingfield – Dalton
I loved what I saw out of Jolie Wingfield, especially in the first half as she established her presence from 15-feet and in. With North Georgia-signee Grace Ridley out with an ankle injury, Wingfield stepped up as a tough-nosed anchor in the paint in a 50-42 overtime loss to Creekview. Jolie is a power wing that does her damage at the rim. She’s a great athlete, physically overpowering with how she attacks the basket and dips her shoulder into defenders’ chests to knock them back and score through contact. Wingfield has nimble feet as well, able to deftly sidestep defenders when making her way to the hoop through traffic. The aggressive swingman scored on three drives, finishing with both hands. Jolie got on the backboards for a putback and scored on a nice post turnaround jumper in the middle of the lane. Wingfield compiled 11 points, 8 rebounds and 1 steal. Smaller schools will want to put Jolie on their radar. Her toughness translates well to the next level. If she can open up her offensive game with a perimeter shot, Wingfield may be able to split time between the three and the four in college.

Emma Hefner2024 5-7 G Emma Hefner – Dalton
Emma made a positive impression with her defensive instincts. Hefner did a good job jumping into passing lanes for steals. On offense, Emma scored with both hands. She netted a corner three and had two putbacks. Hefner finished with a team-high 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Her overall activity on both ends of the floor energized the Catamounts. The triple jump track and field standout picked up a basketball offer from Brenau on November 27.

2024 5-7 G Kemara Washington – Dalton
In what was a brutal game of physicality, Kemara Washington shined with her athleticism and willingness to crash into plays. Washington aggressively guarded the ball to force turnovers. She rebounded well from her guard position and drew fouls when attempting to get to the hoop. Washington went 7-10 from the foul line and finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. Cleaning up her jump shot mechanics could help diversify her offensive attack. Reinhardt, Toccoa Falls and Voorhees have all offered in the past few months.

Breana Griffin2024 5-10 W Breana Griffin – Rome
One of the better available players still flying a bit under the radar, Breana Griffin made another statement on Saturday that she is worthy of looks from D-II, D-III, NAIA and JUCO programs. Long and athletic, Griffin is a high motor player that has a well-rounded offensive game. In a 54-45 win over Temple, it was Bre’s slashing that really hurt the Tigers, skillfully able to slice through traffic and score at the rim. Griffin scored on four drives including a coast-to-coast take which featured a hesitation move to lull her defender to sleep. Breana played in the high post against the 2-3 zone and found success catching and getting downhill. Griffin went into the post numerous times and showcased the ability to play with her back to the basket and swoop across the lane with a hook floater. She also managed to sink a three and has proven over the course of her career to be dangerous with her pull-up jumper. Bre posted 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 steals. Albany State offered in May. More schools should jump in quickly.

Jermiya Winston2024 5-9 W Jermiya Winston – Rome
Back from pregnancy, Jermiya Winston served as a closer in the fourth quarter using her cat-like instincts to wreak havoc defensively. Winston’s length and speed eventually wore on Temple’s guards. Any passes that weren’t crisp were picked off and turned into transition layups. Jermiya scored off three steals and ran the floor for another basket. She mixed in a mid-range jumper as well.  Winston tallied 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals and 1 block. Jermiya is a valid option for small schools.

Mackenna Nix2025 5-11 F Mackenna Nix – Temple
After a slow two-point first quarter, Mackenna Nix carried the Tigers against Rome before ultimately falling short 54-45 pouring in 19 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. Nix put her hard hat on and went to work in the paint, scoring through contact with a pair of And-1s. She finished with both hands inside and utilized her strength and leaping ability to her advantage, carving out space for rebounds and sealing for lobs. Nix has a terrific nose for the ball and doesn’t let anyone get in the way of her pursuit. She plucks down rebounds with both hands and finishes with power. Nix’s growth on the perimeter is apparent and needed with the construction of Temple’s roster. Mackenna took matters into her own hands, creating off the dribble with pull-up jumpers. She banked in a runner, went between the legs for a pull-up and later drained two clutch threes in the fourth quarter, one off a one-dribble pull-up near the right corner. Nix is a foxhole player. She’s someone you want to go to war with. Her toughness, energy and the overall importance of each possession to her makes Mackenna an interesting prospect for multiple levels. Concord, Rose-Hulman, UPike have all offered the inside-out double-double machine.

2026 5-4 G Anah Howell – Temple
Anah plays an important role in the Temple backcourt at point guard. Howell handles the ball and is asked to set up the offense. She plays with a lot of energy on both sides of the court. She’s an active on-ball defender. Anah uses her quickness to stay in front and force turnovers. Howell found success in transition scoring four times including going coast-to-coast and later converting an And-1. Anah finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Howell is a key cog on a team that boasts just two seniors. If she can continue to elevate her play, by next season Temple could be in prime position to win a region title if not sooner.

Sunny McQuade2024 5-9 W Sunny McQuade – Starr’s Mill
Rollins lacrosse-commit Sunny McQuade double-doubled with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 1 steal in Starr’s Mill’s 57-43 win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. A chiseled athlete, McQuade used her size, strength and lateral mobility to help keep the quick undersized Warrior guards out of the lane whenever she matched up on the perimeter. Sunny was physical when she crashed down to rebound and made a difference on offense, scoring on two And-1s, one a drive and the other a four-point play. She needs to be sharper and more cognizant with her cross-court passes but when it mattered most, Sunny finished strong. McQuade scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half including seven in the fourth quarter.

Brooke Godown2024 5-8 G Brooke Godown – Starr’s Mill
D-III and NAIA programs are after Brooke Godown. The shooter holds offers from Oglethorpe, Huntingdon, UPike, Covenant and Piedmont, who was in to watch Godown on Saturday – the Lions representing Brooke’s first offer back in June. Godown finished with a team-high 17 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The lefty nailed one three, hit a short-range jumper and scored on a drive. Most of Brooke’s points came at the foul line shooting 8-10 including 7-8 in the fourth quarter. Godown’s outside shooting gives her value but also does her size. She’s got a strong frame which can help her when defending, coming down to rebound and handling against pressure. Godown could see minutes in college at any position 1-3.

Lindsey Kopacek2027 6-0 C Lindsey Kopacek – Starr’s Mill
During Starr’s Mill’s third quarter surge, a frame which saw the Panthers win the period 20-5 to take a seven-point lead heading into the fourth, it was freshman Lindsey Kopacek who kept getting free for buckets inside. Lindsey scored eight of her nine points in the third and finished with 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. Kopacek has impactful size and a sturdy frame to bang down low and score up close. She scored on a putback and converted on dump off opportunities. Kopacek has good hands, feet and moves well for her age and size. Lindsey’s got a bright future ahead. College coaches should check back in a few years.

Christen Collins2025 5-3 PG Christen Collins – Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe
Christen did all she could to carry the Warriors. She got to the line like she always does but left some points there, shooting 7-12. The little lefty did her damage weaving to the basket, scoring on six drives featuring two coast-to-coast takes and an And-1 finish. Collins eclipsed double digit rebounds as she swooped in to clear caroms and race the other way in transition. Christen finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. D-III programs in attendance expressed heavy interest.