Class A Blog: North Cobb Christian boys “selfish”?, Randolph-Clay girls on a mission

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

BOYS

It was not just that North Cobb Christian lost in the title game of the Lake City Classic last Saturday, to host Allatoona (11-0), 58-47. More than that, Eagle head coach Greg Matta appeared to be upset with the way his team fell to the undefeated Buccaneers.

“We had a couple of guys that played their guts out, and we had a couple of guys that played selfishly,” Matta told the Marietta Daily Journal, after he witnessed his team squander a 7-0 lead out of the gate. “When you play championship basketball games against teams like Allatoona, you’re supposed to execute.”

Two of NCC’s senior stars, Hunter Ware (scoreless) and Stephon Jelks (5 points, 3 rebounds), were neutralized. Senior guard Kendall Crute led the Eagles with 18 points, while 6-foot-10 junior center Trey Kalina scored 14 and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Brawl ends Turner-Lowndes game
A bench-clearing brawl last Saturday could play a role in Turner County’s state playoff seeding. Every Rebel player was suspended when the reserve players from both Turner County and Lowndes spilled onto the floor during the fracas between the two teams, which came about as a result of a Lowndes player taking offense to a hard foul as he attempted a layup. The Lowndes player threw and punch and the melee ensued.

Per Georgia High School Association rule, each player must serve a two-game suspension. Rebel head coach Tyrone Kellogg told Savannah’s WTOC-TV that he will spread the punishments out over the next four games to prevent his team from having any forfeits. However, this could leave Turner County shorthanded as it begins region competition against Charlton County (Friday), Wilcox County (Saturday), Telfair County (Jan. 7) and Echols County (Jan. 10). All four are home games for the Rebels in Ashburn, but any loss will hurt Turner County’s power rating.

Here comes Athens Christian
With team leader Williams “Turtle” Jackson back in the lineup, Athens Christian could be the team to beat on the private school side. Jackson shut it down during the summer to allow a nagging knee injury to heal. He returned to the floor last week and helped the Eagles win the championship of the Walnut Grove Christmas Tournament with a 69-50 win over Class AAAAAA Archer, a team that finished 22-8 last season, in the title game.

Jackson had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow junior Demetrius McWhorter, who was named the tournament’s MVP, led the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

GIRLS

Randolph-Clay on a mission
This could be “the” year for Randolph-Clay. After missing the state playoffs in 2011, losing in the first round in 2012 and then losing in the public school final to Gordon-Lee (61-55) last season, the Red Devils are focused on capturing their first title since 2000.

Randolph-Clay is 8-0 after downing Region 1 rival Mitchell County, 60-55, last week in the title game of the Thomasville Holiday Hoopfest. Leading the way for Randolph-Clay was sophomore forward Kobi Thornton and senior guard Brandie Buie, who scored 28 and 24 points, respectively.

21 comments Add your comment

Black1324

January 2nd, 2014
7:47 am

Saw AC play, Jackson was good but the transfer is a hot head. He complains after every foul the ref called on him. Jackson is legit!

THE REF

January 2nd, 2014
11:14 am

Randolph-Clay are back!!! On their way back to hopefully another state championship and another banner in their gym. Go get em!!!!

YellowJacket

January 2nd, 2014
1:38 pm

Lowndes completely started that fight against Turner

Soothsayer

January 2nd, 2014
3:45 pm

Randolph-Clay should be back. They recruited the star player from Calhoun County just before season began and gave her mom a job. Rumor has it that they even provided housing for them.

SouthGaFan

January 4th, 2014
10:09 am

I think GHSA has saw the fight and has determined several Turner Co. players not engaged in the “brawl” thus removing the double forfeit from the game.

pomoney

January 5th, 2014
4:53 pm

Soothsayer, if you don’t the WHOLE story, suggest you stay away from speculation and rumor mills.

pomoney

January 5th, 2014
4:55 pm

Correction!!!! If you don’t know the WHOLE story…

serioushoops

January 5th, 2014
7:19 pm

The kid mom at Randolph-Clay is a degreed mother whom got the job on her own merit from the report I heard. The rumor is totally false and we should stop the rumor mill. I agree pomoney. It’s a no win situation that occurred at Turner County hope all parties grow from this and they move on to a good season.

Seriously

January 5th, 2014
10:13 pm

Randolph-Clay had been recruiting the player since her freshman year in high school. The mother was hired as a food service manager of which she has no previous experience. It’s not rumor its fact. It makes no sense how the GHSA allows recruiting and undue influence to occur. The report you heard was the lie that was concocted to justify the girl transferring in the middle of her senior year I might add. They lived in Edison which is only 15 minutes from RC people in rural South Georgia are used to commuting to work who moves 15 minutes down the road for a cafeteria worker job? The job did not even require a college degree. If they want to be proud of a winning season with a recruited player I salute them. No rumor just the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth but if people can live with themselves with the lies they tell then good luck.

No, Seriously

January 5th, 2014
10:49 pm

Calhoun County fans should just get over it and move on. Especially if it was reported, and the rumors weren’t proved. Did she really make your team that much better that you’re going to go on about it for an entire season? Hell, she’s a senior. Maybe Randolph-Clay will recruit your next best player for next season.

Come on Man

January 6th, 2014
8:50 am

Yes they did recruit her. I have no vested interest in neither teams but Jennifer Acree, who is the head coach for Randolph’s girls team has no morals. If anybody can remember the fight between Randolph-Clay and Early County a few years back and she was involved in the affray. She is so hungry for a sate championship that she will do anything to get it! I have seen both schools girls’ basketball teams in action and yes Calhoun County girls are struggling, but I applaud Coach Walker and his staff. They are playing with what they have and not hand picking players from other teams! Coach Acree I hope that it works out for you and you are not going to be another bust like you were last year! All on television with your ugly face because things didn’t work out like you thought! Those girls put it on y”all and I can’t wait until you get what’s coming to you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Karma is real and I hope that you can handle it when it comes back on you!

serioushoops

January 6th, 2014
12:59 pm

Ok you’re have issues with Randolph-Clay that seems to run deep .I will not get in character assignation of people or the coaches. I ‘ve seen both teams over the years and Buie kid was all Calhoun had. The program has not been good since the former coach left . It’s accomplishment for any team to make it deep into the state playoffs. there’s been warring words in that area since Bland and Williams coaching tenures.. Hatfield’s(Calhoun) and McCoy’s (Randolph-Clay) this been discussion for decades. Reality is she’s had a good career at a winning program to include 2 final 4 appearances . It the bigger picture that’s not a bad resume. I don’t know Walker but those in South Ga. says he lives to beat Randolph-Clay. I applaud all coaches I give the coach at Quitman,Terrell and Baker respect for they have to deal with adversity year after year. Acree has been the top coach by her record. What players have they recruited? Also it’s always Mitchell and Calhoun that has issues and it shows every season in that area. Name calling truly is not good blogging. Calhoun been struggling since Walker has been there. Players move or transfer every day so why character assassinate a coach or family?

serioushoops

January 6th, 2014
1:17 pm

Before I sign off what needs to be address is the most broken officiating association in Ga. South Ga./Albany group is the worst with internal issues that’s seems like a reality show. You have a official has been at 2 schools Pelham and Mitchell. His relative is a coach at Calhoun and he seems to surface at their games repeatedly. Another has a daughter at Miller Co. Four of the officials has physical ailments whereas they can’t hardly walk more less run and they’re extremely combative with quick whistles. A vast majority of them only recently received training this summer. Please note how many frays, potential fights and injuries have occurred this year during games. Poll any teams that have visited South Ga. and ask them why they will not return. Most importantly some of them openly speak publicly of how they dislike certain programs. Sadly this is the sentiments of many schools about the association in every classification in South Ga. except for a select few. In closing even the press ,former coaches and even a college coach at a holiday tournament was in disbelief of that association.

Come on Man

January 6th, 2014
2:51 pm

Serious hoops I personally know Jennifer Acree! She has always said that she would love to have Brandi Buie! Her team would have been garbage had it not been for Buie transferring! I did not attack her coaching record, I attacked her moral character, having known her for a number of years! I knew her before she became a Coach She has done some questionable things in the past and I do know her! It’s only basketball and I stated my opinion!

serioushoops

January 6th, 2014
6:44 pm

I’m sure she did any coach would love to have Buie. My sources says the schools in Albany, Fla. and Ala talks about the kid. But why are you so hard on her, looked at Walker’s record it’s terrible (without Buie), didn’t he have a player to leave to Early and others to quit? I can’t judge her character nor will I do it if I knew her. I do know that the Randolph -Calhoun transfer is olds news for years. If the mother is happy and moved with her job then good for the family ,did Calhoun community have employment opportunities? Do you get so waded up with the private schools in that area? I don’t nor anyone on here want to hear about your hatred for a person Go pray about it. Ok it would be garbage but is not I guess? Are you a Calhoun.alum? What about the other teams in that area? So you know someone past I sure you have one too… We’re talking basketball on here. What happen to the Albany High girls program. Are you upset about the many players there and do you know the coach life there also…. STOP IT MOVE ON

You Have Got to be kidding me

January 6th, 2014
11:28 pm

Randolph- Clay would have had trouble early in the season without Buie, because there weren’t any veteran guards, but they would have been far from garbage and would have still made it in the post season without Buie. Obviously everyone is forgetting about the Thornton sisters.

serioushoops

January 7th, 2014
2:07 pm

Kidding me you seem to have a valid point. The sister are good and the program has winning tradition as well. I just don’t like for anyone to target people for their personal views . I met Coach Bland years ago and the new coach has kept the tradition up. Good Luck to them and South Ga. Basketball

athensbball

January 8th, 2014
9:46 am

@ all the above: its girls basketball….girls….

serioushoops

January 8th, 2014
12:49 pm

that’s so true Athens , the focus is the game not the personal views of someone’s character…

I know the True

January 8th, 2014
7:58 pm

one thing i know,coach Acree tried to get my daughter from Calhoun.She told her, she would be the missing peice, that they need.That was when they had Destiny.one thing abt calhoun they dont go out an scot other schools player.They act as they hate calhoun so bad but they love what calhoun have, what a shame.R/C if yall really want to see how good u really are stop going to other school and stop trying to get other player and use what u yall have.A good coach will make good on what they have not on other.

I know the True

January 8th, 2014
8:04 pm

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