Athletes Beyond Bartow: Former Lady Tigers produce outstanding performances
The Adairsville girls basketball program has produced some solid players over the past few seasons. A trio of them put together outstanding performances at the next level this past week. Piedmont freshman Nakiyah Washington continues to shine during her debut season with the Lions. She earned her second USA South Rookie of the Week selection after putting together a pair of outstanding games. She totaled 32 points, 21 rebounds, 13 steals, nine assists and six blocks in two wins. Over in Chicago, Josie Summerville is amassing solid games in her sophomore season. She has started a vast majority of North Park's games. But even when she comes off the bench she contributes, as evidenced by her 10-point, 10-rebound double-double Saturday. Another member of Adairsville's Class of 2019, Breeana Wilson had an impressive showing in the midweek. A Georgia Highlands guard, Wilson popped up with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in a 105-36 victory. Elsewhere, former Cartersville baseball player Carrington Evans homered for Augusta; Life's Jordan Baldwin and Elijah Wilhoit reached the finals of the Mid-South Conference swim meet; and Woodland graduate Trevor Knowles had two top-five finishes and a PR in his most recent track meet. BASEBALL Levi Ayers (Georgia Highlands So., Cartersville) — Ayers struck out five batters across two innings but allowed four unearned runs for the second straight appearance in an 11-9 loss to Volunteer State Sunday at LakePoint. Bailey Campbell (Young Harris Jr., Cass) — Campbell went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in a 5-0 win over Mississippi College Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. Carrington Evans (Augusta Jr., Cartersville) — Evans socked a three-run homer in his final at-bat of the weekend, as Augusta suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of Georgia College. Evans went hitless with a walk on Saturday. In Sunday's doubleheader, he finished 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the opener. His three-run blast capped a 2-for-4 performance, which also included a double, in the series finale. Lane Griffith (West Georgia Sr., Adairsville) — Griffith started off a weekend sweep of Savannah State with a 3-for-4 showing Saturday. His RBI single in the eighth inning pushed West Georgia's lead to 8-6 in an eventual 9-6 win. The following day, the Wolves' starting catcher was 2-for-4 with one run scored and one driven in, helping his side to another 9-6 win. In the series finale later that day, Griffith was 1-for-3 in a 13-2 romp. Kenny Jinks (Shorter So., Woodland) — Jinks had an easy time closing out Mars Hill in a 9-0 rout Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The former Region 7-AAAAA pitcher of the year needed just eight pitches to retire the side in order, using a flyout, a strikeout and a groundout to polish off the win. Logan Martin (Sewanee Fr., Cartersville) — Martin had a rough first collegiate start, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning. Both of his outs were recorded via the strikeout in an eventual 11-11 tie with Brescia. Gage Morris (LaGrange Fr., Cartersville) — Morris got his side out of an eighth-inning jam in the season opener for the Panthers. However, he allowed a leadoff triple to begin the ninth and was lifted. The runner scored the final tally in a 9-6 defeat for LaGrange against Roanoke Saturday at home. Harrison Osborn (Point Jr., Cartersville) — Osborn threw one inning, allowing one run in an 18-3 victory over Tuskegee Tuesday. He picked up the win Saturday in the finale of a three-game set with South Carolina-Beaufort, helping Point move to 7-0 on the year. In a 10-8 victory, Osborn gave up one hit against one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings of work. He entered with his team down 8-2 and left with the Skyhawks leading 9-8. Devin Warner (Grayson So., Cartersville) — Warner finished 0-for-6 with a walk and an RBI in a season-opening doubleheader split against Seminole State.
Elijah Robinson (Atenas Cordoba, Argentina; Excel Christian) — Robinson came off the bench in his team's two games this past week, although he still saw 24 and 25 minutes, respectively, in a 90-83 loss Thursday and an 89-71 win Saturday. He compiled 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal across the two games.
Jacquez Fountain (Albany Tech Fr., Cass) — Fountain put up 22 shots in each of Albany Tech's two games this past week. He connected on eight attempts in a 61-57 loss to Gordon, and nailed nine of his tries in an 86-58 rout of East Georgia. In the defeat, Fountain added six rebounds and an assist to his 24 points. In the victory, he contributed six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block to go with 23 points.
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky So., Cartersville native) — Hagans had a fairly quiet week, totaling 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals in wins over Mississippi State on Tuesday and Tennessee on Saturday.
Whitney Harris (Toccoa Falls So., Woodland) — Harris went scoreless in a 66-26 loss to LaGrange Thursday before bouncing back with six points in a 65-60 defeat against Johnson Saturday. She also totaled five rebounds and two assists across both games.
Carter Hedden (Hocking So., Cass) — Hedden and Hocking had a busy week with four games. It started Monday with an 89-79 loss to Garrett College JV, in which Hedden had one assist. He saw 16 minutes against Columbus State CC Wednesday, scoring seven points with two assists and one rebound. Hocking doubled up Appalachian Bible Friday, as Hedden managed two rebounds and an assist. On Sunday, Hocking downed Southern State CC with Hedden contributing two assists in the winning effort.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Jr., Cartersville) — McClinic had one rebound in three total minutes across wins over Florida College (74-61, Thursday) and Brewton-Parker (75-71, Saturday).
Coriana McDaniel (Andrew Fr., Adairsville) — McDaniel saw nine minutes of floor time but recorded no stats for the week. Andrew defeated Trinity Baptist (45-31) but fell to Southern Georgia Tech (101-54).
Kyla Michienzi (Piedmont R-Fr., Cass) — Michienzi contributed 10 points in an 81-56 win over Maryville Tuesday. She added two rebounds and the same number of steals and blocks in the victory. Saturday, she had three points, two assists and a rebound in a 62-50 triumph over Berea.
Jana Morning (Berry Jr., Cass) — In almost a carbon copy of last weekend, Morning had trouble getting going from the field Friday, scoring just five points on 2-of-13 shooting in a 49-44 loss to Centre. But the hard-nosed guard bounced back Sunday with an extremely efficient 7-of-9 showing, good enough for 17 points in a 75-55 win over Sewanee. She totaled 11 assists, eight rebounds and two steals across both games.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman So., Cartersville) — Pugh saw four minutes of action in a 79-57 win over Mercer Wednesday. He had one foul and one turnover in the limited run.
Josie Summerville (North Park So., Adairsville) — Summerville had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in a 58-54 loss to Wheaton Saturday. Earlier in the week, she finished with seven points, five boards, one assist, one block and one steal in a 70-65 victory over Carroll.
Darius Thrower (Truett McConnell Sr., Excel Christian) — Thrower had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in helping Truett McConnell to an 87-82 overtime win over St. Andrew's Wednesday. The victory snaps a 16-game losing streak by the Bears.
Nakiyah Washington (Piedmont Fr., Adairsville) — Washington returned to the starting lineup this past week and took full advantage, falling just shy of back-to-back double-doubles. The former DTN Player of the Year managed 13 points and nine rebounds against Maryville, and she followed it up with 19 points and 12 boards in the victory over Berea. Washington added nine combined assists. Her defense was also outstanding, as she totaled 13 steals and six blocks in the two wins. For her efforts, Washington garnered her second USA South Rookie of the Week honor.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia Sr., Woodland) — Across a pair of games last week, Watson had seven points, eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. North Georgia defeated Georgia Southwestern (90-77, Wednesday) and fell to UNC-Pembroke (81-65, Saturday).
Breeana Wilson (Georgia Highlands Fr., Adairsville) — Wilson racked up 19 points in a 105-36 drubbing of Southern Crescent Tech Wednesday. She added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in the lopsided win.
Colbi Ballard (Shorter Fr., Cartersville) — Ballard went 0-for-2 in her official collegiate debut Sunday in a 13-2, five-inning loss to Young Harris.
Skylar Chappell (Cottey College Fr., Woodland) — Chappell went a combined 1-for-3 in her first collegiate series, as Cottey swept Saint Mary Saturday at home. In Game 2, Chappell singled and later reached on an error before scoring her first team's fourth run in an eventual 12-4 victory.
Paris Poston (Columbus State So., Cartersville) — Poston finished 1-for-8 with three runs scored and a steal over the weekend in the CSU Classic. After a winless opening weekend, Columbus State took three out of four games in its own tournament.
SWIMMING Jordan Baldwin (Life So., Woodland) — Baldwin placed ninth in the 200=yard backstroke and 14th in the 100-yard backstroke at the Mid-South Conference Championships. Life finished fourth overall. Elijah Wilhoit (Life Fr., Cass) — Wilhoit came in 12th in the 200-yard freestyle at the Mid-South Conference Championships. Life finished fourth overall.
TRACK AND FIELD Trevor Knowles (Albion Jr., Woodland) — Knowles paced the Britons with a third-place finish in the triple jump and fourth-place showing in the long jump Saturday at the Dragon Grand Prix in Tiffin, Ohio. He also set a personal record in the 200-meter dash, crossing in a time of 23.89 seconds. London Shaw (Jacksonville State Fr., Cartersville) — Shaw had a pair of top-25 finishes this past weekend at the South Carolina Invitational. The former Cane was 17th in shot put (11.86 meters) and 23rd in weight throw (12.58 meters). Stephen Smith (Kennesaw State Fr., Cass) — Smith ended up in a three-way tie for ninth in the pole vault Saturday at the South Carolina Invitational. The two-time state champion cleared 4.6 meters. -- Report provided by Nicholas Sullivan, The Daily Tribune News