Class A Basketball Blog: Girls players to watch

Here are some of the top players in Class A girls basketball.

Abby Grant, St. Francis.  One of the best long-distance shooters in the state, the 5-10 senior guard is averaging 12 points a game for the Knights and has led a talented trio of sophomores – G Taja Cummings, G Maya Dodson and C Kasiyahna Kushkituah – to an 8-0 start this season.

Abigail Lewis, Calvary Day.  Already averaging 25 points per game for the Cavaliers, the 6-0 senior forward is on her way to being named to the all-Class A team for the second consecutive year.

Nicole Martin, Southwest Atlanta Christian. The 5-10 senior guard is already averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists for the defending Class A private school champs, who are off to a 7-1 start.

Shakyna Payne, Southwest Atlanta Christian. The 6-4 senior forward/center is averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Warriors, and teams with Martin to give SACA the most formidable inside-outside combo in Class A.

Mekeeshia Tenney, Greenville.  The 5-8 senior guard is averaging 19 points per game thus far for the Patriots.

Kobi Thornton, Randolph-Clay.  Just a junior, the 6-2 forward is averaging more than 20 points per game for the defending public school champions, off to a 4-2 start this season.

Others to watch:  Tierra Ford, Greenville; Taja Cummings, St. Francis; Maya Dodson, St. Francis; Kasiyahna Kushkituah, St. Francis; Brianna Williams, Emanuel County Institute; Tazha Williams, Emanuel County Institute