Takeaways from Queens of the Hardwood Classic

The stars were out at the second annual Queens of the Hardwood Classic. On Saturday, elite programs gathered at Whitewater High School to showcase their talent and battle for bragging rights.

The action was fierce from the jump as Sandy Creek and Fayette County competed in the first two games of the day. Whitewater closed out the event, on a celebratory note, as two seniors eclipsed 1000 points in their career.

In between, Class AAAAAA state champs Lovejoy High School and Class AAAA champions Spalding High School also hit the court. There was also a matchup of Alabama powerhouse Hoover (more…)

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Toy drive to bring holiday cheer to Panhandle

A local resident aims to give back to communities ravaged by Hurricane Michael.

Kathy Gloer has orchestrated a toy drive to benefit the Bay District Schools. The Florida Panhandle community has several families displaced without homes, and Gloer hopes to spread some holiday cheer to those in need.

Gloer helped organize a Panhandle Toy Drive drop-off location for people to donate. There are several locations in the Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Senoia, and Marietta/Kennesaw areas.

The group is asking for residents to donate new, unwrapped toys for students in kindergarden through the 12th grade. Local establishments like First Baptist Church PTC, (more…)

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Sandy Creek escapes with sweep against Starr’s Mill

Julian Alexander’s eyes lit up when he drilled his first 3-pointer of the night. As he turned to the crowd, the Sandy Creek senior guard gave a quick smile that signaled he knew this could be a special night.

Thirty-two minutes later, the smile was still there. This time, it came with the sweet joy of victory as the Patriots defeated the Starr’s Mill Panthers 66-57 in overtime. Alexander led all scorers with 26 points. His efforts helped Sandy Creek win its fifth consecutive game and improve to 5-1 overall.

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Starr’s Mill splits with East Coweta

East Coweta was the featured guest at Starr’s Mill’s home opener, but it was freshman forward Jaclyn Hester that earned all the party favors.

Hester was dominant in her home debut. She scored 17 points and collected 23 rebounds as the Lady Panthers rolled past the Lady Indians 55-37. It was Hester’s second time scoring 15 or more points as Starr’s Mill picked up its first victory of the season.

Jaclyn Hester dominates the Indians with 17 points and 23 rebounds. (Staff Photo: Chris Dunn)

“It was my teammates that helped me out tonight,” Hester said. “Everyone was contributing and (more…)

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Just Jada: Claude aiming for record-breaking year for Whitewater

A four-year starter for Whitewater, Jada Claude has designs for a groundbreaking senior season before making the transition to the collegiate level. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

Whitewater Lady Wildcats senior forward Jada Claude’s humble beginnings didn’t start on a basketball court. Instead, it started with a single conversation.

In the seventh grade, Claude was just a regular student at Whitewater Middle School. Sports weren’t really on her radar as she enjoyed the advantages that came with adolescence. It wasn’t uncommon to see her chilling on the couch, watching television, and smacking on snacks.

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Enter the Dragon: Bickerstaff commits to Drexel

Sandy Creek star TJ Bickerstaff is off to a dominant start to his senior campaign. Below, current and former coaches joined the Bickerstaff family to celebrate signing day. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

On a sultry July afternoon, Sandy Creek senior forward TJ Bickerstaff was miles away from the outside world.

Behind the double doors guarding the Patriots’ gym, stood Bickerstaff in his own place of solace. There weren’t any cameras or flashing lights. There wasn’t a raucous crowd screaming his name.

Instead, there was just a budding superstar listening to the melodic dribble of a basketball on the hardwood (more…)

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Fayette takes two from Newnan

The Fayette County Lady Tigers have a flair for the dramatics. After trailing 17 points entering halftime, the Tigers stormed all the way back to clip the Newnan Lady Cougars 64-61 in double overtime on Saturday.

Fayette improved to 3-0 on the season and earned a big victory over a Class AAAAAAA opponent. Sophomore guard Derique Donigan led the Tigers with 22 points and came alive in the second half. She sparked the Tigers’ offensive run with clutch defensive plays that transitioned into easy buckets.

Senior Sydney Sims chipped in 19 points and sophomore Ghylissa Knowles also added 19 points, (more…)

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Sandy Creek holds off Whitewater in thriller

Sandy Creek rolled into Friday’s primetime matchup against Whitewater looking for a fresh start. After suffering a non-region loss to rival Fayette County earlier in the week, the Patriots needed to win to build confidence early in the season.

Whitewater provided a unique challenge as a young and upstart program. Under new head coach Matt Martin, the Wildcats hung tough with the Patriots for 32 minutes. However, Sandy Creek prevailed 63-58 en route to their first victory of the season.

Senior duo TJ Bickerstaff and RJ Howard led the charge for the Patriots. Bickerstaff collected 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 (more…)

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MHS alum Lyons ties NCAA record with 15 3-point explosion

McIntosh alum Jordan Lyons tied an NCAA single-game record with 15 3-pointers in a 54-point explosion for Furman Thursday night. (Photo by Jeremy Fleming)

Former McIntosh star guard Jordan Lyons etched his name into the NCAA record books on Thursday night.

Lyons erupted for 54 points to lead the Furman Paladins to a 107-67 victory over North Greenville. The talented junior hit a NCAA record-tying 15 3-pointers and tied the Division I record with 34 3-point attempts.

“It’s an unbelievable night,” Lyons told the Greenville News. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

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Fayette County sweeps Sandy Creek

Basketball is back in Fayette County.

On Tuesday night, fans were treated to one of the top rivalries in the county as the Fayette County Tigers hit the road to face the Sandy Creek Patriots. Both squads came into the game highly-ranked in their respective classifications. According to Sandy’s Spiel, Fayette was ranked sixth in Class AAAAA and Sandy Creek was ranked third in Class AAAA.

The action didn’t disappoint as the Fayette escaped with a 74-66 victory over Sandy Creek. The Tigers were led by senior guard Josh Dupree as he poured in 31 points, 5 steals and 3 (more…)

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