Top performances: Basketball players surpass 1,000-point milestone

Several Georgia basketball players have reached the 1,000-point milestone in their careers recently. Among them are Dominique Oden of Marist, Shae Leverett of South Effingham, Jordan Sloter of Cambridge, Sam Asbury of Holy Innocents’ and Jada Coggins of Whitewather.

Here are more about their accomplishments and other recent top individual performances in Georgia high school basketball.

Players featured in this column typically are those who are nominated. To recommend a player, please e-mail us with supporting information at GHSFdaily@bellsouth.net

BOYS

*Apalachee junior guard Kamar Baldwin had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven steals Friday in an 82-63 victory over Winder-Barrow. Baldwin is averaging 26.6 points per game. Apalachee is 12-4 overall, 5-2 in Region 8-AAAAA

*Brookwood junior guard Micah Kinsey had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 59-52 victory over South Gwinnett.

Jordan Sloter of Cambridge recently scored the 1,000th point of his career. He got a special ball from athletics director Matt Lawless (left) and head coach Chip Flemmer.

*Cambridge senior forward Jordan Sloter passed 1,000 points for his career in a 60-53 victory over Forsyth Central. At his next home game, a time out was called after Sloter’s first basket and a presentation made by athletics director Matt Lawless and head coach Chip Flemmer. Sloter is averaging 17.4 points per game. Cambridge is only 7-10 overall, but 4-1 and in first place in Region 7-AAAAA.

*Chattooga sophomore guard Isaiah Foster averaged 25.5 points, five assists and two steals in a pair of wins last week. Chattooga is 10-3 overall, 3-2 in Region 7-AA.

*Claxton senior guard Cornelius Taylor has scored 31, 36 and 37 points in victories during his team’s five-game winning streak. Taylor is averaging 27.8 points per game and getting Division I and II interest. Claxton is 11-2 overall and 5-0 in Region 5-A.

Holy Innocents' senior Sam Asbury with coach Terry Kelly and a ball commemorating his 1,000th career point.

*Holy Innocents’ senior wing Sam Asbury was given a special game ball last week for scoring his 1,000th career point over the holidays. Asbury has signed with Georgia State to play golf. Holy Innocents’ is 14-3 overall, 4-2 in Region 6-AA.

*McIntosh junior point guard Will Washington scored 26 points – twice his previous season high – in an 87-58 victory over Woodland. Washington was 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-10 at the free-throw line. Washington also had 10 assists, matching his season high.

*Northside-Columbus senior forward Phillip Whittington scored 17 points and had a season-high 21 rebounds and five blocks last week in a 66-46 victory over Shaw. Teammate Matthew Richardson had 22 points, five steals and four assists Friday in a 78-60 victory over Harris County.

*Pace Academy sophomore center Wendell Carter had 24 points, 25 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 59-48 win over fifth ranked Holy Innocents’ in a Region 6-AA game. Pace, ranked second, is 12-2 overall, 5-0 in region play.

*Pebblebrook junior point guard Jared Harper scored 28 points and was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line in a 76-66 victory over Campbell. Harper is averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 assists and 2.7 steals. Pebblebrook is 13-2 overall, 7-0 in Region 3-AAAAAA.

*Social Circle sophomore guard Deion Head had 30 points and 10 assists in a 75-72 win over Oglethorpe County.

*Stratford Academy junior point guard Quintez Cephus had 36 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in a victory over Wilkinson County and 41 points with six 3-pointers, eight rebounds and eight assists in a victory over First Presbyterian Day. Cephus is averaging 23.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.2 steals with eight double-doubles. Stratford, playing its first season in the GHSA, is 10-4 overall, 2-1 in Region 7-A.

GIRLS

*Decatur junior point guard Jayla Morrow is closing in on 1,000 points (she has 973), 250 rebounds (225) and 250 steals (250) in her career. She is averaging 19.1 points, 2.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 steals this season. Decatur is 16-1 overall, 7-0 in Region 4-AAA.

*Douglass guard Alicia Franklin scored 24 points with three steals in a 69-67 victory over Blessed Trinity. Franklin averages 15.6 points, the fourth straight season in which she has led her team in scoring.

*Effingham County forward Kyesha Lewis scored 24 points and had 16 rebounds Friday in a 69-40 victory over Camden County. The senior forward is averaging 16.9 points and 8.9 rebounds.

*Holy Innocents’ senior center Erika Cassell had 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, as the top-ranked Lady Bears knocked off No. 3 Wesleyan 59-49. Holy Innocents’ is 16-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 6-AA.

*Kell junior guard Santavia Grant scored a game-high 29 points in a 65-41 victory over North Atlanta. Grant scored 17 points during a 23-9 run in the third quarter as the Longhorns put the game away

*Marist junior Dominque Oden scored her 1,000th career point against Grady last month. Oden is the third Marist girls player to reach the milestone, joining Jen Heider and Megan Harpring.

*McIntosh County Academy senior center Makhala Jackson had 33 points, 14 steals, six rebounds and six assists in a 75-56 win over Bryan County.

*Miller Grove junior forward Chrystal Ezechukwu had 21 points and 22 rebounds in a 59-43 victory over Druid Hills.

*Model freshman center Victaria Saxton had 17 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocks in the fourth-ranked Tigers’ 55-44 win over No. 5 Darlington. She averaged 16 points and 14.5 rebounds in two wins on the week. Model is 15-2 overall, 6-0 in Region 7-AA.

*North Gwinnett sophomore guard Jessica Belcher had 15 points and 10 steals against Meadowcreek and 10 rebounds and five blocked shots against Dacula. Both were victories.

*South Effingham junior center Shae Leverett surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career with 23 points last week in a 36-34 victory over Glynn Academy. Leverett is averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds per game. South Effingham is 14-2 overall, 5-1 in Region 3-AAAAA.

*Whitewater senior wing Jada Coggins scored 44 points – 20 more than her previous season high - in a 60-57 victory over Woodward Academy. Coggins went over 1,000 points in her career in the game. Coggins has signed with Jacksonville State.

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