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PREP HOOPS PREVIEW: GISA girls preview capsules

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

REGION 3-AAA

DEERFIELD-WINDSOR LADY KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Jeff Eubanks

Assistant Coach: Anna Williams

2012-13 Record: 14-14

Returning Starters: F Gabby Burt (Sr., 5-10); F Kelsey King (Jr., 5-7); G Joyner Tyson (Jr., 5-2); G Nyla Perry (So., 5-6)

Other Returning Players: C Jordan Lane (Sr., 6-1); G Anna Cowart (Sr., 5-6); G Samantha James (Jr., 5-2); F Teasie Williams (Jr., 5-8); G Libby Greene (Jr., 5-9); G Callie Kimbrel (So., 5-7)

Top Newcomers: G Haley Sells (So., 5-7); F Mary Warrington (So., 5-10); G Hannah Mills (Fr., 5-7)

Season Outlook: The defending GISA Region 3-AAA champions could have a chance to repeat last season’s finish as four starters are back. Keep an eye on point guard Nyla Perry (13.5 ppg). Junior standouts Kelsey King and Joyner Tyson also return.


SOUTHLAND LADY RAIDERS

Head Coach: Paula McDonald

Assistant Coach: Melvin Kinslow

2012-13 Record: 8-13

Returning Starters: G Ella Hawkins (Jr., 5-1) G Dallas Nesmith (Sr., 5-2); F Mary Melissa Roland (Sr., 5-7); C Hannah McCain (Jr., 5-9); F Madison McPherson (Fr., 5-8)

Other Returning Players: C Rebekah Davis (Jr., 5-8); F Taylor Moore (Sr., 5-7)

Season Outlook: Southland hopes to put last season’s finish behind. This year should be much better as five returning starters are back, including junior guard Ella Hawkins (15 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 asp). Keep an eye on a talented group of underclassmen.


REGION 3-AA

SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN LADY EAGLES

Head Coach: Lakeshia Elder

Assistant Coaches: Monique Jackson, Rebecca Fyock

2012-13 Record: 10-14

Returning Starters: G Madison Walker (Jr., 5-7); G Key’yada Thomas (Jr., 5-5); C Markeria Lewis (Jr., 6-4); G Michaela Satchell (Sr., 5-5)

Other Returning Players: F Taylor Walker (Sr., 5-8); F Chassidy Williams (Sr., 5-9); G/F Victoria Davidson (Sr., 5-6); F Katelyn Gilliam (Sr., 5-10)

Top Newcomers: G Kendalyn Stone (Jr., 5-6); G/F Michaela Hudson (Fr., 5-9); G Lakese Brown (Sr., 5-6); G Rue Madea (Sr., 5-3)

Season Outlook: The Lady Eagles have a good nucleus of returning talent and should have enough ammunition to contend for a postseason berth. Four starters, including a talented group of juniors, return. Senior guard Michaela Satchell will be expected to provide strong leadership.


SOUTHWEST GEORGIA ACADEMY LADY WARRIORS

Head Coach: Matt Dalrymple

Assistant Coaches: Fran Doster, Eric Thomas

2012-13 Record: 7-19

Returning Starters: G Baylee Everson (So., 5-6); F Allison Warren (Jr., 5-9); F Addison Ponder (Sr., 5-7)

Other Returning Players: F Katie Lyn Carver (So., 5-9); G Cannon Hobbs (Fr., 5-8)

Top Newcomers: F Erin Ragan (Fr., 5-8)

Season Outlook: The Lady Warriors have a young but talented team returning. Three starters are back, including senior forward Addison Ponder, who gives the team a solid upperclassman to build around. Keep an eye on a solid group of freshmen.


TERRELL ACADEMY LADY EAGLES

Head Coach: Keith Jones

2012-13 Record: 21-9

Returning Starters: F Marilauren Farr (Jr., 6-2); G Olivia Rogers (Jr., 5-1)

Other Returning Players: F Brittany Tripp (Jr., 5-9); G Kathryn Proffitt (So., 5-4); G Tessa Jordan (So., 5-6); G Caitlyn Harper (So., 5-2); G Erin Horne (Fr., 5-5); G Hannah Harrell (Fr., 5-10)

Top Newcomers: F Dana McCarter (Sr., 5-6); G Alana McCook (Jr., 5-4); C Josey Brown (Sr., 5-9); G Madison Langford (Jr., 5-6); F Maegan Bonner (Jr., 5-7); F Madison Lamb (Fr., 5-8); G Magan Schofill (Fr., 5-2); F Jahnvi Patel (Fr., 5-7)

Season Outlook: Terrell Academy should be in the postseason chase again after winning 21 games last year. The team is relatively young with only two starters returning. One of those returners is junior forward Marilauren Farr (15.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg).


WESTWOOD LADY WILDCATS

Head Coach: Jenni Smith

Assistant Coach: Tim Smith

2012-13 Record: 23-3

Returning Starters: G Rachel Harrell (Sr., 5-7); F Morgan Singleton (Jr., 5-7); G Callie Smith (So., 5-7); G Perra Harrell (So., 5-8)

Other Returning Players: F Mary Parker Westbrook (Sr., 5-6); F Lexie Davis (So., 5-9); G Blakelee Handfield (Sr., 5-6); G Haley Marshall (So., 5-6)

Top Newcomers: F Jensen Jones (Fr., 5-11); F Elizabeth Glass (Fr., 5-9); G Ashley Carden (Fr., 5-6); G Mary Kate Dallas (Fr., 5-5)

Season Outlook: The GISA Class AA defending state champs could make another postseason run. Two of the team’s top players return in all-state players Rachel Harrell (16 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Callie Smith (10 ppg). Junior forward Morgan Singleton is also a player to keep an eye on.


REGION 3-A

CRISP ACADEMY LADY WILDCATS

Head Coach: Gina Mitchell

Assistant Coach: Kami Faircloth

2012-13 Record: 31-2

Returning Starters: C Madi Mitchell (Sr., 6-0); F Kara White (Sr., 5-10); G Kayla Childers (Sr., 5-4); G Parker Krause (So., 5-7)

Other Returning Players: G Maddie Krause (Sr., 5-6); G Morgan Wells (Sr., 5-4); F Sydney Folsom (So., 5-7); F Madison Odom (Sr., 5-7)

Top Newcomers: F Mary Margret McGarr (So., 5-10)

Season Outlook: A senior-laden team returns, including three of the team’s four returning starters. Center Madi Mitchell leads the way. The Mercer signee should help the Lady Wildcats challenge for the region title and make a deep postseason run.