By Bre Singleton (@bre_singleton)
St. Pius and Head Coach Kyle Snipes hosted an eight-team tournament on Friday, that would serve as the last summer high school outing for a few of the teams present. Among those in attendance were Northview, Brookwood, and Carrollton (teams I’ve had the chance to watch already this summer), as well as Franklin County, North Forsyth, Northwest Whitfield, Centennial, and finally, the host team.
The first game of the day that I had the opportunity to catch was Carrollton vs. Franklin County, and I must say, that matchup was definitely my favorite of the tournament. Franklin County sisters Mya and Asia Jones were able to push the Lions past Carrollton, but it was by no means easy. Coach Shon Thomaston and the Trojans gave Franklin County all they could handle. Specifically, 5’9” rising senior Taylor Brown, had an outstanding performance. Finishing with 17 points and four rebounds, Brown’s effort was amazing to watch. She plays G/F for the Trojans but is obviously an undersized post. What was so great about this though, was her ability to take smaller guards down to the block and come up with points almost every time. She and Mya Jones went head-to-head for the latter part of the game in an incredible duel. Jones got the last laugh, putting up 25 points including four threes to lead her team to a 53-49 victory. Her sister Asia contributed 13 points and was an absolute menace on the boards.
Carrollton High School has an incoming freshman that I think people out to look out for. De’Mauri Flournoy doesn’t look like she’ll have much trouble adjusting to high school ball this upcoming season. She attended Brandon Clay’s #EBASuper64 event earlier this month and is already catching the eye of several teams early on. She put up 16 points against a very solid Franklin County team and hit four threes. Finishing at the rim was her specialty though. I saw her take an in-and-out dribble into a left-handed finger roll finish that had me questioning if she was really just a freshman. With a natural feel for the game, Flournoy is shaping up to be one of the best point guards in the state of Georgia.
Things got pretty intense between Brookwood and Northview, but it was just good competition if you ask me. Northview was without its star forward Ashlee Austin and lost its first game by two points to Franklin County. Others stepped up for Coach Yarbrough in her absence. Among them was Asjah Inniss, whose play I really liked when I saw the Titans at Johns Creek last week. She maintained a level of aggression from the PG spot that Brookwood had a little trouble with. Maya Richards put up her usual double-double in this one, and was the most seasoned post player on the floor for both teams. Richards and the Brookwood posts went at it from the jump, being very physical. Malia Grace did not back down at all. She had a slew of points and rebounds herself, and matched Richards’ physicality. Selma Kulo is a 6’4” center who has only been playing basketball for two years. She’s raw, but playing with EOTO on the AAU circuit for the rest of this summer ought to help her progress. She had a few nice blocks and putbacks for Brookwood. Kiera Adams had another great game, leading the Broncos in scoring. When Adams wasn’t running the point, TaylorAnn Cushenberry had the job. She was able to get to the basket on several occasions and give the Broncos timely scores to help with edge out the win. Coach Carolyn Whitney, a Wesleyan graduate and standout player, ought to be excited about the fire and talent she has rising through the program.
North Forsyth and Franklin County went at it for the final game of the Classic. The first half was pretty evenly matched. The Raiders were running through their offense but couldn’t hit very many shots while the Lions’ isolation approach wasn’t really working against North’s packed in defense. But, in a tale of two halves, North Forsyth made all of the shots that wouldn’t fall for them earlier. Georgia College verbal commit Cassie Markle had a good game on the boards and came up with several putbacks. Amber Jones, a smaller guard, shot the ball very well from deep, hitting four threes. Mya Jones and Franklin County got it going eventually but just didn’t have enough scoring.
North Forsyth will be at Georgia Tech’s team camp this weekend, along with Carrollton, Northview, and a host of others. I’ll be there to keep you all updated on the various games and players I catch!