Athletes Beyond Bartow: Update for college sports
The Athletes Beyond Bartow update for basketball, golf, softball, tennis, and track and field for the week ending Sunday, February 25. NOTE: The Athletes Beyond Bartow update for baseball was published in a separate article this week.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Jr., Cartersville) — Davis bounced back from a couple of low-scoring games to post a 15-point night on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting in a victory over Georgia College on Saturday. He had scored just four points in back-to-back games, including a loss to UNC Pembroke on Wednesday. In the two games this past week, Davis totaled seven rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Fr., Cartersville) — McClinic put up 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, including hitting 2 of 7 3-point attempts, in a loss to Faulkner on Thursday. It came on the heels of a scoreless outing in a one-point win over Auburn University Montgomery last Monday.
Jana Morning (Berry College Fr., Cass) — Morning started and starred in both of Berry College's games in the Southern Athletic Association tournament this weekend. She scored a career high 19 points in a quarterfinal win over Centre, shooting 6 of 12 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the line. She followed that up with her first career double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds (seven offensive) in a semifinal loss to Oglethorpe. Morning also totaled five assists and seven steals in the tournament.
A.J. Mosby (Alcorn State Sr., Cartersville) — Mosby continued his fantastic senior season with another stellar week for Alcorn State. He posted 18 points in a loss to Alabama State and a 24-point outing in a win over Southern. His performance against Southern included another uber-efficient shooting night — 7 of 12 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the line. Mosby had four rebounds and five assists in each game. He's currently shooting 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from deep and 89 percent from the charity stripe.
Greg Murphy (Young Harris Jr., Woodland) — Murphy had three points, two rebounds and one assist in a win over Georgia College on Wednesday. He went scoreless in a Saturday defeat against USC Aiken.
Elijah Robinson (Emmanuel Sr., Excel) — Robinson continued to shoot the lights out over the past week, pushing his streak of consecutive games shooting 45 percent or higher to seven. He scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in a win over North Greenville last Tuesday; he posted 14 points, while making 5 of 10 shots from the field in a loss to King (Tennessee) on Wednesday; and he dropped in 22 points after making 8 of 12 attempts, including 5 of 7 3-point tries in a Friday win over Erksine. He grabbed 21 total rebounds over the three games.
Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell So., Excel) — Thrower went scoreless with just three total shot attempts in 15 combined minutes of action during the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament. Truett-McConnell reached the championship game, but the Bears fell to Union (Kentucky) by a 73-69 score.
Corey Tobin (Reinhardt Sr., Cartersville) — Tobin finished with seven points, eight rebounds and two assists in a first-round loss to Montreat in the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia So., Woodland) — Watson exploded with two huge performances, setting his season high in consecutive games, as North Georgia closed out the regular season. He scored 16 points, while shooting 5-of-6 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from deep, in a win over Lander on Wednesday. Saturday, he went 6 for 9 from the field en route to 17 points in a loss to Georgia Southwestern. Over the two games, Watson had five rebounds.
Rudy Winters (Columbus State Sr., Excel) — Winters had an uneven final week to the regular season, going off for 20 points in a win over Flager before struggling mightily in a loss to Clayton State. He shot 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from the stripe in the win, adding four rebounds and two assists. During the loss to Clayton State, Winters managed just four points, two rebounds and a steal.
Maggie Ashmore (Augusta University Sr., Kingston native) — Ashmore placed fourth out of 74 in the Moon Golf Invitational, shooting an even-par 216 over the three rounds. Ashmore held a one-shot lead after shooting a 68 in the first round, and she entered the final round tied for second. Thanks in part to her standout performance, Augusta finished tied for fifth — just two strokes out of second — in the 13-team event.
Sierrah Gani (Georgia Highlands CC Fr., Cass) — Gani went hitless with two walks and a run scored in four games over the past week. Georgia Highlands lost twice to Enterprise Community College on Wednesday, but the Chargers bounced back to sweep Gordon State on Friday.
Cassidy Howren (Reinhardt Sr., Adairsville) — Howren totaled one hit, one run scored, two walks and two RBIs during the Reinhardt Invite this past weekend. The Eagles won both of their Friday games, but they dropped a pair on Saturday to end a six-game winning streak to start the season.
Sydney Hodorff (LaGrange Jr., Woodland) — LaGrange College lost all four of its games over the past seven days, but Hodorff reached base in each defeat. She had one hit apiece in three of the four contests and walked once in the other game. She has reached safely in every game this year — reaching on a base hit in all but one.
Brittany Huth (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville) — Huth scored a run — her third of the season — during the final of four games for Georgia Highlands last week. It helped the Chargers pull off a 4-2 win over Gordon State.
Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle Sr., Cartersville) — Rain went 6-for-17 with a walk during five games this past week. She also drove in six runs and stole two bases as Embry-Riddle went 4-1 on the week. Overall, Rain is hitting .356 on the year with seven runs scored and 10 driven in. She's only drew two walks, but she's also struck out just once.
Hannah Todd (North Carolina Fr., Cartersville) — Todd saw action in three games this past week for the Tar Heels. She had scoreless outings against South Carolina (2/3 inning) and Arizona (one inning) before allowing three runs over 1 1/3 innings against Missouri. She also got one at bat during the week against the Tigers.
Taylor Waits (Brewton-Parker So., Cartersville) — Waits finished 1-for-3 with an RBI in a win over Truett-McConnell on Thursday. Brewton-Parker split with Truett-McConnell. It also split with Emmanuel, and Waits went 0-for-2 as the designated hitter in one of the games.
Annalyn Yantis (Samford Jr., Cartersville) — Yantis saw action in three games over the past week, pitching a total of 6 2/3 innings against Troy, Lipscomb and Indiana. Over the three contests, she allowed nine runs (four earned) on six hits and nine walks with four strikeouts.
Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Jr., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer dropped a three-set match against Youngstown State's Noelly Longi Nsimba by scores of 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 Saturday. She did combine with Lilya Hadab to earn a 6-2 win on Line 3 Doubles — one of Ball State's two wins on the day.
TRACK AND FIELD
Anna Hightower (Georgia Tech Jr., Cartersville) — Hightower set a personal best and placed eighth in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 3.5 inches.
Trevor Knowles (Albion College Fr., Woodland) — Knowles finished 10th in the triple jump and was part of a relay team that finished fifth in the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association Championship this past weekend. Knowles leapt 12.17 meters. He later ran the second leg of Albion's 4x400 relay team, which finished in 3 minutes, 32.7 seconds.
Samantha Patterson (Jacksonville State Sr., Woodland) — Patterson finished tied for ninth in the women's pole vault at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship meet in Charleston, Illinois. She cleared 10 feet, 6 inches.
Blake Perry (Jacksonville State Sr., Cartersville) — Perry place 11th in the women's 60-meter hurdles prelims during the OVC championship meet, finishing in 9.18 seconds.
NOTE: Nicholas Sullivan and Jason Greenberg of The Daily Tribune News contributed to this report.