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UGA Girls Team Camp Standouts

Ashlee Austin2019 6-2 F Ashlee Austin (Northview) is no stranger when it comes to GHSA basketball fans, opposing coaches and national scouting agencies. Austin picked up where she left off last season, leading Northview to a 1-0-1 start to open camp. She dumped in 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals against GAC before wrecking Hillgrove’s frontline for 25 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Her size and touch were on full display, stepping out to hit three threes on the day. Austin is a physical rebounder that can score through contact. She went 9-for-9 total from the foul line. The UGA coaching staff had a hawk’s eye on her throughout camp.

2019 5-8 SG Chellia Watson (Winder-Barrow) will have to carry the Lady Doggs offense her senior season. While losing an All-American and a D-I signee obviously hurts, Winder-Barrow will still be competitive on the back of Watson. She ignited the action, drilling five threes in the first game of the day. Watson was able to create her own shot off the dribble. She has a strong build which allows her to get into the paint and finish against bigger defenders. Watson finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks.

Caroline Martin2020 5-8 CG Caroline Martin (North Forsyth) dropped in 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in a come from behind win against Winder-Barrow. Martin’s three-point shot opened up driving lanes. She nailed three three-pointers and weaved through traffic to get to the hole. She had a meaningful first step that was quick enough to put defenders in the dust. Martin is a well-polished guard that knows how to win games.

Michelle Smith2019 5-8 CG Michelle Smith (Hillgrove) was the biggest eye-opener at UGA. Smith is an athlete with tight movements and a silky-smooth jump shot. Hillgrove was at their best when she had the ball in her hands. She was a playmaker, getting the ball in the right spots. Northview was never able to fluster her. Smith was in complete control with a strong handle. She posted 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals and 1 block. It would behoove Hillgrove to run the offense through Smith and let her create her own offense or find shooters Logan Van Arsdale and Breah McGrady on the perimeter. Smith was a Second Team All-Region 3-AAAAAAA selection last season. In Athens, she looked like a future D-I player.

Deasia Merrill, Georgia Stockton
Deasia Merrill & Georgia Stockton

2019 6-2 F Deasia Merrill (Villa Rica) is rolling in D-I offers with Clemson and Duke the latest to pop. More are coming for the extremely skilled big. Merrill has a wide base and knows how to use it to her advantage, whether shielding defenders away or getting in position to rebound. Her court awareness is as high as anyone’s in the state. She is a great passer and truly makes everyone on her team better. Her hands are outstanding on defense and when rebounding. While defenses will do everything in their power to slow her down, Merrill can still affect games in other ways than just scoring. She posted 10 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks in a dominating performance against Rabun County.

2019 5-8 CG Georgia Stockton (Rabun County) provided a spark for the Lady Cats in their duel with Villa Rica. Stockton started slow, but the Presbyterian-commit got hot, drilling four three-pointers to get Rabun County back in the game. The Region 8-AA Player of the Year pumped in 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 7 steals. Stockton is a leader on the floor and an extension of Coach DeeDee Dillard. Her attitude and play on both ends of the floor is infectious.

2018-19 GHSA Girls Basketball Transfer List

Here is a rundown of some transfers I have heard through the grapevine and a summary of what the additions mean. If you know of anymore or any that are incorrect, please shoot me a tweet @KyleSandy355, leave a comment or email kylesandy355@gmail.com

Thanks!

Class AAAAAAA

SR Alea Spears – 5’6″ – (Mountain View to Brookwood)
JR Malia Grace – 6’2″ – (Brookwood to Grayson)
JR Jalyn Bell – 5’8″ – (Brookwood to Parkview)

Class AAAAAA

SR Markiema Lancaster – 5’10” – (Johns Creek to Northview)

Class AAAAA

Class AAAA

Class AAA

SR Maddie Thomas – 5’11” – (Banks County to Cherokee Bluff)

Class AA

Class A

SR India Bellamy – 6’1” – (Dutchtown to ELCA)
SO Keslynn Oxendine – 5’7″ – (Woodland-Stockbridge to ELCA)
JR Taylor Greene – 5’7″ – (Taylor County to Marion County)
SO Ali Rumpel – 6’0″ – (Starr’s Mill to Athens Academy)
JR Alanni Brown – 5’9″ – (North Gwinnett to Wesleyan)

Out-of-GHSA

JR Kemia Ward – 6’1 – (McEachern to Holy Spirit Prep)

Class 7A

Alea Spears brings help at the guard position for Brookwood, coming in from Mountain View where she was a Region 6-AAAAAAA Second Team selection. The 5-foot-6 ball handler averaged 10.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

6-foot-2 junior Malia Grace transfers from Brookwood to Grayson.  Grace is an imposing figure inside with a physical frame. She averaged 9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game with the Broncos.

2020 5-foot-8 point guard Jalyn Bell departs Brookwood for bitter rival Parkview. Bell, an athletic defensive specialist, will look to provide ball handler and some scoring in the backcourt for a Parkview team with a young and talented front court. As a sophomore, Bell averaged 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Class 6A

The addition of Second Team All-Region selection Markiema Lancaster from Johns Creek to reigning Region 7 champion and back-to-back state semifinalist Northview gives the Titans one of the best starting fives on paper in the classification. At 5-foot-10, Lancaster brings a much needed extra ball handler to the roster. A versatile piece with the length and quickness reminiscent to that of former Northview star and current Mercer Bear Shannon Titus, Lancaster can ignite her own fast breaks off the glass and will chip in defensively. Lancaster needs to keep her head up while dribbling. She can tend to have her eyes down when pushing the ball up the court, but once her focus is in front, she has a nice passing touch.

Class 5A

Class 4A

Class 3A

New program Cherokee Bluff will look to build a tradition with the help of Maddie Thomas, a big time winner while at Banks County where she was an All-Region Honorable Mention selection. Thomas will provide outside shooting and length on defense for the Bears.

Class 2A

Class 1A

India Bellamy returns to ELCA after spending a year at Dutchtown where she earned Class 5A All-State Second Team Honors after averaging 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3 steals per game. She now joins forces with international sensation Weronika Hipp, who averaged over 24 points per game as a freshman. The duo should become one of the best inside-out punches in the state and instantly boost ELCA into becoming a legit Final Four contender.

Taylor Greene provides some much needed outside shooting to Marion County. Greene should see good looks throughout the season as defenses key in on stopping the Eagles’ dominant post play.

Sophomore Ali Rumpel will provide a physical low block presence that can score around the rim and protect the paint at Athens Academy. Rumpel, 6-foot, was named Region 3-AAAAA Freshman of the Year at Starr’s Mill after averaging 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. She will pair up with fellow 2021 forward 5-foot-10 Rose Bone to form a strong, talented, bruising frontcourt.

Wesleyan’s annual reload starts with Alanni Brown of North Gwinnett. Brown, 5-foot-9, was a Region 6-AAAAAAA Honorable Mention selection her sophomore season after averaging 12 points per game.

Out-of-GHSA

The transfer market bites McEachern for once as 6-foot-1 post Kemia Ward transfers to Holy Spirit Prep. Ward will head to the GISA with freshman sister Kaela. Kemia reclasses to 2020 after seeing her season end short with an injury. Ward is a physical and athletic rim protector which will be sorely missed at McEachern.

Final 2017-18 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (30-1)
  2. Newton (27-4)
  3. McEachern (21-6)
  4. North Forsyth (28-3)
  5. Norcross (26-4)
  6. Collins Hill (26-3)
  7. Cherokee (26-3)
  8. Hillgrove (19-8)
  9. South Gwinnett (23-4)
  10. Lambert (18-10) 

Class AAAAAA

  1. Lovejoy (32-1)
  2. Harrison (26-5)
  3. Winder-Barrow (22-5)
  4. Douglas County (24-7)
  5. Northview (24-7)
  6. Tucker (19-11)
  7. Valdosta (22-8)
  8. Coffee (18-10)
  9. Creekview (19-9)
  10. Lanier (22-7) 

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (29-3)
  2. Flowery Branch (26-7)
  3. Villa Rica (26-2)
  4. Harris County (28-3)
  5. Eagle’s Landing (23-7)
  6. Carrollton (24-7)
  7. Arabia Mountain (21-3)
  8. Dutchtown (23-6)
  9. Fayette County (22-7)
  10. Ware County (26-3)

Class AAAA

  1. Spalding (28-2)
  2. Henry County (29-2)
  3. Carver-Columbus (29-2)
  4. Americus-Sumter (24-8)
  5. Madison County (22-7)
  6. Jefferson (23-7)
  7. Marist (23-3)
  8. Luella (22-6)
  9. Northwest Whitfield (25-4)
  10. Baldwin (25-4) 

Class AAA

  1. Johnson-Savannah (23-6)
  2. Greater Atlanta Christian (25-5)
  3. Franklin County (30-1)
  4. Tattnall County (25-6)
  5. Beach (27-3)
  6. Lovett (25-5)
  7. Haralson County (27-3)
  8. Peach County (22-8)
  9. Central-Macon (23-5)
  10. Pierce County (21-8) 

Class AA

  1. Laney (32-0)
  2. Josey (28-5)
  3. Model (25-4)
  4. Fitzgerald (17-6)
  5. Banks County (25-6)
  6. Dodge County (24-5)
  7. Rabun County (24-7)
  8. Swainsboro (23-5)
  9. Douglass (18-7)
  10. Washington County (20-8) 

Class A-Private

  1. Wesleyan (27-4)
  2. Holy Innocents’ (29-2)
  3. St. Francis (26-5)
  4. Stratford Academy (26-3)
  5. Paideia (21-10)
  6. Prince Avenue Christian (26-3)
  7. Calvary Day (27-3)
  8. Christian Heritage (22-7)
  9. Our Lady of Mercy (21-4)
  10. Galloway (17-8)

Class A-Public

  1. Greenville (28-2)
  2. Marion County (25-6)
  3. Telfair County (27-3)
  4. Terrell County (25-5)
  5. Pelham (27-3)
  6. Wheeler County (20-5)
  7. Wilcox County (23-6)
  8. Bowdon (23-6)
  9. Macon County (21-6)
  10. Calhoun County (18-11)

Girls Final 4 Recaps

Class AAAAAAA

(SATURDAY At Buford City Arena)

R8 #1 Newton 65, R3 #1 McEachern 57: The tables turned as Lexii Chatman poured in 21 points in the Rams comeback, dethroning the defending 4-time state champs.

R2 #1 Westlake 52, R5 #1 North Forsyth 44: Anastasia Warren scored 13 points to lead the Lady Lions to the state title game. Catherine Shope dropped 17 in the loss.

Class AAAAAA

(SATURDAY At West Georgia)

R4 #1 Lovejoy 70, R7 #1 Northview 42: Northview shot 22.2% in the first half as the Wildcats controlled the tempo from the opening tip and ran the Lady Titans out of the gym. Genesis Bryant scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to set the tone. Kayla Brown double-doubled with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. Anaya Boyd collected 11 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks while J’Auana Robinson netted 10 points. Northview was led by Ashlee Austin’s 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Eden Sample had 11 points.

R6 #1 Harrison 68, R5 #1 Douglas County 54:
 GCSU-commit Harper Vick had 20 points and 8 rebounds while Sarah Woghiren posted 17 points and 9 rebounds. UAB-signee Audrey Jordan scored 10 points. Amari Robinson led Douglas County with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks.   

Class AAAAA

(SATURDAY At Fort Valley State)

R8 #1 Buford 60, R7 #1 Villa Rica 46: Air Force-signee Audrey Weiner scored 20 points and Michigan State-signee Tory Ozment had 18 in the Lady Wolves win. Villa Rica’s Deasia Merrill was held to 6 points.

R8 #2 Flowery Branch 72, R1 #1 Harris County 55: Caroline Wysocki scored a career-high 26 points to weather and early Harris County storm and help the Lady Falcons to their fourth meeting with Buford this season. Ashley Woodroffe provided 16 points for Flowery Branch. Alabama-signee Taniyah Worth scored 20 points. Mississippi State-signee Jessika Carter had 24 points in the loss.

Class AAAA

(FRIDAY At Fort Valley State)
R4 #1 Henry County 51, R1 #2 Americus-Sumter 38: Amaiya Jackson picked up 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals in the War Hawk win. Auburn-signee Brooke Moore added 11 points while Janiya Jones had 9 points and 8 rebounds and Janaya Wadsworth chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Usoreia McWhorter had 5 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. Region 1 Player of the Year Jy’Kiera Long led the Panthers with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Deasia Ford had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Brianna Pope finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds.

R2 #1 Spalding 58, R1 #1 Carver-Columbus 51: With Corriana Evans sidelined with foul trouble most of the game, Coach Tykira Gilbert’s guards lifted the Jaguars to an upset of the No. 1 ranked team in the state. Aniaya Jester collected 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks battling against Carver-Columbus’ size. Kiana Banks added 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Evans scored 6 of her 8 points in the fourth quarter in a three-minute span.  The Tigers received 13 points from Mariah Igus and 9 from Alycia Reese. Janya Love-Hill finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while post Olivia Cochran totaled 8 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Class AAA

(SATURDAY At Armstrong Atlantic)
R7 #1 GAC 49, R8 #1 Franklin County 43: 
MTSU-signee Taylor Sutton scored 18 points, Hofstra-signee Caria Reynolds had 14 and Wofford’s Mary Martha Turner added 11 points. Mya Jones scored a game-high 21 for the Lady Lions.
R3 #2 Johnson-Savannah 43,  R2 #1 Tattnall County 33:  Jasmine Thompson scored 16 points and J’Mya Cutter scored 14 for the Lady Atomsmashers while Alana Boone netted 8. Tattnall County was led by Kashay Hankerson’s 19.

Class AA

(SATURDAY At Georgia College & State)
R4 #1 Laney 68, R7 #1 Model 51: De’sha Benjamin netted 21 points in the Wildcats win. Jhessyka Williams added 16. South Carolina-signee Victaria Saxton was held to 14 points for Model.

R4 #2 Josey 61, R1 #1 Fitzgerald 47: Rhykeria Rolland (22) and Tykedra Rolland (17) led Josey to the championship. Fitzgerald was led by Kirstin Crook’s 15 points. 

Class A-Private

(FRIDAY At Columbus State)
#1 Holy Innocents’ 51, #4 Stratford Academy 32: Jillian Hollingshead dominated the paint for the Golden Bears with 18 points. Rachel Suttle scored 12. Carey Woodcock led Stratford Academy with 12 points while Drake Miscall scored 7.

#6 Wesleyan 71, #2 St. Francis 49: The Wolves blasted the bigger Knights behind AC Carter’s 21 points and Sutton West’s 16.  Callie Weaver added 13 points and freshman Paige Lyons scored 10. In the loss, Mia Moore scored 17 and Jordan Isaacs had 16.

Class A-Public

(SATURDAY At Valdosta State)
#4 Greenville 73, #1 Telfair County 62: Mississippi State-signee Brittany Davis piled in 47 points. Adriana Perdue scored 10.
#3 Marion County 45, #2 Terrell County 40: Janiya Crowell double-doubled with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Marion County. Torri Myers had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Girls Elite 8 Results

Class AAAAAAA

R3 #1 McEachern 67, R7 #1 Norcross 62 OT
R8 #1 Newton 70, R4 #1 Cherokee 68

R5 #1 North Forsyth 68, R3 #2 Hillgrove 63
R2 #1 Westlake 59, R6 #1 Collins Hill 34

Class AAAAAA

R7 #1 Northview 61, R1 #2 Coffee 57
R4 #1 Lovejoy 68, R8 #1 Winder-Barrow 67 OT

R5 #1 Douglas County 86, R1 #1 Valdosta 63
R6 #1 Harrison 66, R2 #1 Bradwell Institute 37

Class AAAAA

R7 #1 Villa Rica 61, R3 #1 Fayette County 44
R8 #1 Buford 50, R4 #1 Eagle’s Landing 37

R1 #1 Harris County 45, R7 #2 Carrollton 43
R8 #2 Flowery Branch 70, R4 #2 Dutchtown 56

Class AAAA

R1 #2 Americus-Sumter 42, R7 #1 Marist 37
R4 #1 Henry County 58, R8 #1 Jefferson 50

R1 #1 Carver-Columbus 68, R8 #3 North Oconee 26
R2 #1 Spalding 55, R8 #2 Madison County 53

Class AAA

R7 #1 GAC 55, R3 #1 Beach 45
R8 #1 Franklin County 55, R4 #1 Peach County 44

R3 #2 Johnson-Savannah 52, R5 #1 Lovett 46
R2 #1 Tattnall County 59, R6 #1 Haralson County 46

Class AA

R7 #1 Model 79, R3 #1 Dodge County 63
R4 #1 Laney 54, R8 #1 Banks County 38

R1 #1 Fitzgerald 70, R8 #3 Rabun County 65
R4 #2 Josey 57, R6 #1 Douglass 39

Class A-Private

#1 Holy Innocents’ 84, #8 Christian Heritage 49
#4 Stratford Academy 44, #5 Prince Avenue 34

#2 St. Francis 80, #10 Paideia 49
#6 Wesleyan 60, #3 Calvary Day 20

Class A-Public

#1 Telfair County 63, #8 Bowdon 40
#4 Greenville 71, #5 Wheeler County 62

#2 Terrell County 44, #7 Wilcox County 24
#3 Marion County 65, #6 Pelham 56