When the next basketball rankings are produced, you may see Dawson County jump into them with both feet – the boys and the girls. Dawson County won the boys and girls divisions of the Battle of the States Tournament in Hiawassee.
The boys (13-0) beat Murphy, N.C., 62-22, in the championship game. Will Anglin scored a career-best 26 points in the final for the Tigers. Dawson County’s Tyler Dominy was named tournament MVP.
The Dawson girls (12-1) beat Union County 69-35 in the final. Sheyenne Seabolt, the tournament MVP, had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game. Carley Gilreath added 17 points. Seabolt scored 67 points over three games, including 23 in each of the first two games.
Dawson County isn’t the only team likely to move into the rankings when they are published on Sunday. What other AAA teams do you believe need to move in? Who needs to drop out?
Cartersville boys win two tournaments over break
The Cartersville boys stayed busy over the Christmas break, winning the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival and taking first at the Pickens Holiday Tournament.
Cartersville (12-0) won four times at Rome and beat Model in the championship game. The Purple Hurricanes followed that by sweeping three wins at Pickens, including a 91-63 romp over Douglas County in the championship game. It marked the second time this season that the Canes have scored 91 points.
Central boys, Southwest girls win Hawkins Invitational
The Central Macon boys won the J.B. Hawkins Invitational, routing host Crawford County 93-53 in the championship game, as Charquez Jackson had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Quintavias Virgil had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and seven assists. Darryl Hill added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 10-ranked Chargers, now 7-4, and Joshua Evins had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Southwest Macon won the girls division of the tournament for the third straight year by beating Crawford County 60-27 in the final. Southwest (8-2) got 20 points from Ny’Asia Holmes, who was named tournament MVP after scoring 45 points in the two games. Shekenya Peters had 11 points in the final and was named to the all-tournament team, along with guard Jasmine Askew.
Sonoraville girls off to record start
The Sonoraville girls, who won 21 games last year, are on their way to duplicating – or improving upon – those results. The team is 12-1 after winning their own Phenix Classic. Sonoraville beat Armuchee and North Paulding in the two-day event and has raced to the best start in school history. Carrie Cheeks and Peyton Smith have been the leaders for Sonoraville.
Morgan boys go 2-2 at Kingdom of Sun
No. 3 Morgan County went 2-2 and lost the fifth-place game at the prestigious Kingdom of the Sun tournament in Ocala, Fla. Morgan beat Dr. Phillips of Orlando 58-54 in the first game, lost to Ballard of Louisville, Ky., 64-57 in the second round. The Bulldogs (8-4) beat Vanguard (Fla.) 64-42, but lost to Boone of Orlando, 65-51 in the finale.
Sophomore Tookie Brown was named to the 10-man all-tournament team. Brown had 26 points in the fifth-place game and scored 62 points in the tournament. He scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with only three seconds left in the opener against Dr. Phillips.
Also playing well in the tournament was 6-foot-9 junior C.J. Thurman. He had 22 points, shooting 8-for-9 from the field, with 15 points against Dr. Phillips. Thurman had 10 points and nine rebounds against Ballard. Thurman made 20 of 24 shots during the first three tournament games.
The Morgan County defense was tough throughout. Josh Sallette, a 6-7 forward, helped Thurman with interior defense. Sallette had three blocked shots against Vanguard.
Pius girls finish second in Christmas Classic
The St. Pius girls lost a 55-51 heartbreaker to Elizabeth Seton of Maryland in the 13th annual St. Pius Christmas Classic. The No. 8-ranked Golden Lions beat Mt. Paran 62-27 and Archbishop Carroll of Washington, D.C., 61-44 to reach the final game. The St. Pius boys went 1-2 in the tournament, beating St. Josephs (S.C) 45-29, but losing to Archbishop Spalding (Mary.), 39-27, and Bishop Ireton (Va.), 55-49.
Cedar Grove won the Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball tournament by beating Orangeburg-Wilkinson 54-48 in the championship game. . . . The Buford boys came home with third place in the Division II of the Upward Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. Buford beat Millbrook (N.C.) in the first round, lost to Hillcrest (S.C.) in the second round and beat Newberry (S.C.) 89-82 in the consolation final. . . . Decatur beat Bishop McGuinness 65-29 in the boys consolation of the Westminster Holiday Classic. . . . Washington County is now 10-2 after beating Westside Macon 70-47 behind A.J. Gray’s 14 points. . . . The East Hall boys finished eighth at the Great Florida Shootout in Kissimmee, Fla., losing to St. Petersburg on a 35-foot shot at the buzzer. Vikings senior Brian Edwards was named to the all-tournament team.