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PREP BASKETBALL: 2009 Herald Preview -- Area GISA capsules

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Region 3-AAA

Boys

Southland

COACH: Ernest Scott.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 8th season at Southland; 8th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT SOUTHLAND: 99-76.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 99-76.

2008 RECORD: 10-17.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Alan Johnson.

STATERS LOST: 4.

STARTERS RETURNING: 1 (Rolie Hancock, Senior, 5-foot-10).

KEY PLAYERS: Chan Waller, Sophomore, 5-foo-t-10; Kevin Greene, Jr., 6'2; Jose Hernandez, Jr., 6'4; Andres Shaparo, Jr., 5'11.

PLAYING IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Nathan Greene, Brewton Parker.

Girls

Southland

COACH: Paula McDonald.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 1st season at Southland; 1st overall.

2008 RECORD: 17-12.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Brynne Calloway.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Sara Cathryn Parker, Senior, Guard; Sara Schuster, Sr., G; Caitlin Reid, Sr., F).

KEY PLAYERS: Tabi West, Junior, Forward; Alex Lindsey, Jr., G; Tifton Pace, So., F.

Region 3-AA

Boys

SGA

COACH: David Byrne.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 2nd season at SGA; 2nd overall.

2008 RECORD: 5-21.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Did not make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Al Mathis.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Danny Doster, Senior, Forward, 6-foot-4; Andrew Stone, Sr.; Parker Adams, Sr.).

KEY PLAYERS: Weston Lee, Senior, Guard; Taylor Arnold, F, Sr.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Girls

SGA

COACH: Jo Kimbrel.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 2nd season at SGA; 5th season overall.

CAREER RECORD AT SGA: 9-18

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: N/A.

2008 RECORD: 9-18.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: None.

STARTERS LOST: 2.

RETURNING STARTERS: 3 (Kyndall Andrews, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-7; Hayley Chappell, So., F, 5'8; Morgan Hilton, Jr., G, 5'4).

KEY PLAYERS: Brooke Hornsby, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-6; Heather Grebel, Jr., G, 5'8.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: None.

Region 3-A

Boys

Westwood

COACH: Al Timmerman.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 15th season at Westwood; 15th overall.

2008 RECORD: 5-17.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Did not make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: None.

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Andrew Adams, Senior, Guard; Jake Kotter, Jr., Guard, Jake Edore, Jr., F).

KEY PLAYERS: John Vereen, Junior, Forward; Mason Jones, So., F, Mason Worsham, So., G; Christopher Tomlinson, Jr., C.

Randolph Southern

COACH: Robert Bryant.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 4th season at Randolph Southern, 4th overall.

RECORD AT RANDOLPH SOUTHERN: 47-36.

CAREER RECORD: 47-36.

2008 RECORD: 11-15.

PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Kevin Prissant.

STARTERS LOST: 4.

RETURNING STARTERS: 1 (Kevin Melton, Senior, 5-foot-11).

KEY PLAYERS: Loy Devane, Senior, 5-foot-10; Tanner Stone, Jr., 6'3); Jon Floyd, Jr., 5'11; Clay Ferguson, Sr, 5'7.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: Michael Gunsolus, Piedmont.

Terrell Academy

COACH: Rundy Foster.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 3rd season at Terrell Academy; 10th overall.

CAREER RECORD AT TERRELL ACADEMY: 25-20.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 108-110.

2008 RECORD: 15-9.

PLAYOFFS: Lost in second round

ASSISTANT COACHES: Don Daniel; Tate Parker.

STARTERS LOST: 5.

RETURNING STARTERS: 0.

KEY PLAYERS: Caleb White, Senior, Guard, 5-foot-7; Nick Beaver, Sr., F, 6'4; Jonathan Farr, Jr., F, 6'4; Riley Davis, Sr., G, 6'2; Levi Griffin, Jr., G, 6'1; Clay Willis, Jr., G, 6'1.

Girls

Randolph Southern

COACH: Bob Grant.

SEASONS AS COACH: 18th season at Randolph Southern (Grant coached the Lady Pats from 1977-1990, then returned as coach for a second time in 2004); 32nd year overall.

CAREER RECORD AT RANDOLPH SOUTHERN: 165-123.

CAREER RECORD OVERALL: 278-154.

RECORD 2008: 11-13.

PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round

ASSISTANT COACHES: Wendy Lamb; Rodney Jackson.

STARTERS LOST: 3.

RETURNING STARTERS: 2 (Hilary Bell, Junior, Guard, 5-foot-2; Crystal McDaniel, Jr., Center, 5'9).

KEY PLAYERS: Lindsay Whatley, Junior, Forward, 5-foot-7; Amber Boyett, Jr., C, 5'6; Hannah Peavy, So., F, 5'3; Amy Kimbrell, So., F, 5'3; Brooke Taylor, So., G, 5'1; Gabi Jackson, Fr., F, 5'9; Parker Rigsby, Fr., F, 5'7; Kayla Stephens, Fr., G, 5'1; Madison Ragan, 8th, C/F 5'7.

PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: Samantha Worthy, So., Darton College.

Westwood

COACH: Jenni Smith.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 2nd season at Westwood; 4th overall.

2008 RECORD: 7-11.

2008 PLAYOFFS: Did not make it.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Tim Smith

STATERS LOST: 2.

STARTERS RETURNING: 3 (Sumner Watson, Senior, G/F, 5-foot-7; Coley Westbrook, Sr., G, 5'6; Sydnee Smith, So., G, 5'6).

KEY PLAYERS: Krysten Johnson, Sophomore, G, 5'4; Miller Singleton, So., G, 5'3; Kyndaaa Tomlinson, Sr., C, 5'10; Hope Bailey, So., F/C; 5'10.

Terrell Academy

COACH: Keith Jones.

SEASONS AS HEAD COACH: 11th at Terrell Academy, 11th overall

CAREER RECORD AT TERRELL ACADEMY: 196-57.

2008 RECORD: 22-6.

PLAYOFFS: Won GISA Class A state championship.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Courtney Spilman.

STARTERS LOST: 2.

RETURNING STARTERS: 3 (Alex Barfield, Sophomore, Forward, 5'-foot-11; Millie Foster, Jr., F, 5'9; Marlee Locke, Jr., G, 5'6.

KEY PLAYERS: Carley Law, Junior, G, 5-foot-8; Lauren Duckworth, Sr., G, 5'6.