By Fletcher Proctor
Colquitt County Shootout
Washington County 59, Monroe 45: Shon Kitchens scored 18 points to help Washington County race past Monroe in the Colquitt County Shootout semifinals. Nia Johnson had 17 points while Daknequa White contributed 15 points for the victors. Washington County led 30-19 at halftime before cruising to the win.
KSA Holiday Tournament
Lassiter 48, Wellington (Fla.) 34: The Lassiter Trojans traveled to Orlando for the KSA Holiday Tournament and posted an easy win in the opening round. Maeve Vitale scored 12 points to pace the Trojans while Gabby Garza contributed seven points in a winning cause.
Naples Holiday Shootout
Tucker 56, Wheaton East (Lou.) 43: The Tucker Tigers took care of business with a 56-43 victory over Wheaton East out of New Orleans. Naima Jackson paced the Tigers with 18 points as Tucker was never really challenged in the Florida tournament.
Peach State Holiday Basketball Invitational
McEachern 55, Forest Park 45: Te’a Cooper led McEachern with 24 points and 16 assists as the Indians eased by Forest Park. Jada Lewis scored 12 points for McEachern, who led 28-27 at halftime thanks to a late score just before intermission. In the third quarter, Forest Park wrestled the lead back, but McEachern used a 19-6 fourth quarter to ice the victory. Shakira Thompson score 16 for Forest Park.
Wesleyan 52, Alcovy 43: Katie Frerking scored 17 points to pace Wesleyan in the Peach State Holiday Basketball Invitational. Fellow senior Brittany Stevens netted 14 points to help the Wolves bounce back from an overtime loss on Thursday. Buford awaits Wesleyan Saturday.
Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament
Greater Atlanta Christian 55, South Gwinnett 28: Three Greater Atlanta Christian scorers reached double-digits to help the Spartans take out Gwinnett County rival South Gwinnett. Cici Buford notched 16 points while Brianna Cummings added 13 and Sydney Means chipped in 10 points as the three accounted for more points than the entire South Gwinnett squad.
Westminster Holiday Tournament
Paideia 35, Northview 25: Paideia pulled away from Northview thanks to 28 big points from two valuable players. Ellery Koelker-Wolfe score 15 points to lead Paideia while Nia Smith added 13 as the two standouts outscored Northview.
Decatur 42, Pace Academy 34 Jordan Dillard led Decatur with 16 points.
Kell 61, Hillgrove 53: Kell used three double-digit scorers to knock off Hillgrove by a slim seven points. Hillgrove was led by Mackenzie Engram’s 20 points and Aleigha Cass’ 15 points. Tene Thompson added 10 for the Hawks.
North Gwinnett 62, Science Hill (Tenn.) 52: Lexie Brown impressed yet again, scoring 27 points and notching six steals to help North Gwinnett by the Tennessee powerhouse Science Hill. Peyton Whitted added 12 points and seven rebounds while Josh Belcher chipped in 10 points to run North Gwinnett’s record to a perfect 10-0.