Top Individual Performances: MCA's Jackson scores triple-double, and more

Makhala Jackson is a 6-foot guard who usually plays the post for her team, McIntosh Academy. There isn’t a position that she can’t play, though, and that was evident in a victory over Long County last week. She had a triple-double of 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 steals. She also had eight assists and eight blocks.

‘’She’s a versatile player,’’ said her coach, Jessica Ross. ‘’She reads the ball well and can sit back and see where they’re passing or shooting it. She’s our tallest starter, but I play her at guard sometimes.’’

Jackson is a four-year starter with no official scholarship offers, although Georgia and Auburn have provided some attention.  She averages 23.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 6.3 steals,  4.8 assists and 3.6 blocks. McIntosh County Academy, near the coast, is 15-8 overall and leads Region 2-AA.

Here are more outstanding individual performers from around the state for the past week.


*Berkmar senior forward Josh Culver scored 19 points and had 21 rebounds in a 63-55 victory over Archer.

*Crawford County sophomore center Marcal Knolton had 48 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a 108-101 win over Northeast-Macon. That was the 12th straight victory for the Eagles (20-3).

*Duluth junior forward Obinna Ofodile scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 57-49 victory over Collins Hill.

*Flowery Branch sophomore guard John Mills made seven 3-pointers, including five in the first quarter, and finished with a season-high 29 points in a 62-45 victory over Winder-Barrow.

*Grady junior guard Avi Toomer scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds and four assists in a 72-70 upset of ninth-ranked Columbia in a Class AAAA game.

*McIntosh junior guard Jordan Lyons scored 31 points in an 83-78 victory over Stockbridge in a battle of top-10 teams. Teammate Dishon Lowery had 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.

*Miller Grove's Alterique Gilbert made seven 3-points and scored 31 points and Lamont West finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a 94-37 victory over Druid Hills. Miller Grove is No. 1 in Class AAAAA.

*Meadowcreek junior forward Shadiah Toppin scored 32 points and had 17 rebounds in a 74-58 victory over Clarke Central.

*Pace Academy senior guard Elijah Holifield averaged 23 points in three wins, including a game-high 29 points and a game-winning jump shot in overtime as the top-ranked Knights defeated No. 3 Holy Innocents'.

*Seminole County junior guard Jordan Harris averaged 29 points, 10.7 rebounds, seven assists, 4.7 steals in three wins. Seminole County is 19-3 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

*Stephenson senior forward Riakeye Karr scored 20 points with seven rebounds, two steals, two assists and two blocked shots in a 61-41 victory over Campbell. Stephenson (11-11) has won six straight games.

*Stockbridge senior guard Darius Alexander scored a game-high 34 points. McIntosh is 23-0 and ranked No. 2 in AAAAA.


*Atlanta International junior N ieja  C rawford scored the 1,000th point of her career last week in a loss to Strong Rock Christian. She finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds, six steals and four assists.

*Bremen junior post Andrea Lasseigne scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 52-41 victory over Chattahoochee County.

*Cambridge senior Ali LoPiccolo  scored the 1,000th point Tuesday in a 49-39 loss to Sprayberry. LoPiccolo is the only senior on a young team. She was part of the first varsity team at Cambridge, which opened in 2012-13.

*Clarke Central sophomore guard Fredericka Sheats (24 points, 11 rebounds) and senior wing Markia Lester (12 points, 10 rebounds) recorded double-doubles in a 60-30 victory over Heritage-Conyers.

*Commerce freshman Mya Jones scored a career-high 40 points in a 64-52 victory over Hebron Christian, then followed that with 31- and 33-point games in two wins over the weekend. Jones averages about 28 points per game. She has a twin sister, Asia, who averages 16.

*Darlington sophomore guard Anna Claire Atha scored a school-record 43 points and had 10 rebounds and six steals in a 84-48 victory over Hardaway. She then scored 26 in her next game, a victory over Coosa, and is averaging 21.4 points per game.

*Kell junior Onyx Henderson 26 points in a 58-45 victory over Riverwood. The Longhorns are 11-12 overall, but they are in 9-2 and tied for first place in Region 7-AAAAA Division B.

*Long County sophomore post Elexxus Wrighton averaged 20 points and 24 rebounds as the Blue Tide went 1-1 last week.

*Oglethorpe County junior guard Rayne Pyfrom had 20 points and tied season-highs with 29 rebounds and five blocks in a 61-45 win over Washington-Wilkes.

*Westlake senior forward Anriel Howard scored 31 points and had 18 rebounds in a 75-62 victory over Douglas County. She had 18 points and 12 points the next night against Tri-Cities and did not play the fourth quarter.

*Wheeler County sophomore LaKaitlin Wright had 28 rebounds, 13 points, six blocked shots and two assists in a 44-34 victory over Johnson County. Wright is 6 feet, 4 inches, and averages 13.7 rebounds a game and 6 blocks per game.

*Whitewater senior guard Jada Coggins scored 32 points in a 43-40 victory over Carrollton. Coggins has signed with Jacksonville State.