East Paulding 33, North Cobb Christian 23
With Lauryn Towns and All-State wing Brooke Moore sidelined with injuries, East Paulding protected its home floor with a season-opening win to tip-off the return of the CTC Fall League. 2023 5-9 W McKayla Mann posted 10 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal, using her length to score over top of the defense with pull-ups and floaters. 2023 5-6 G Cora Barger provided a major spark, hitting a pair of threes and scoring on a drive and a mid-range jumper to finish with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals, providing scrappy on-ball defense. 2022 5-10 C Wunmi Atiba dominated the paint with 4 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. For North Cobb Christian, it was 2024 5-9 W Gaby LoPresti who picked up the scoring slack. The aggressive swingman attacked the paint consistently and hit a pair of jumpers to finish with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks. 2024 5-9 F Alexis Healy showed great promise with her nose for the ball. The long combo-forward drilled a three and snatched a league-high 12 rebounds to go along with 3 steals. Healy provides versatility on defense and a blossoming offensive arsenal. In the loss, 2024 5-4 PG Markayla Earnest made the play of the day, driving to the hoop before making a no-look pass behind her head to an open Healy in the corner for three.
North Paulding 61, South Paulding 52
The Wolfpack came out guns blazing, drilling nine threes in the first half and finishing with 10 for the game. Behind 2022 6-5 W Trey Harris’ five three-pointers and 21 first half points, North Paulding jumped out to a 41-27 halftime lead. Harris would finish with a team-high 25 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Trey shot with great confidence, hitting shots off the dribble and off the catch, elevating over South Paulding’s smaller guards to get clean looks. 2023 6-2 G Carter Connelly provided a lift with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Connelly is a key cog that can do a little bit of everything. He scored with three drives to the hoop and spaced out for one three-pointer. Helping put the game on ice in the second half was 2024 5-8 PG Ryan Williams. Williams was mightily impressive with his quickness and shiftiness when probing the defense. He tallied 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal, scoring in a variety of ways. 2023 6-0 G Samuel Erritt helped stretch the floor with a pair of threes. 2023 6-2 CG Jeremiah Taylor led South Paulding with a game-high 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Taylor got to the rim at will, putting his head down and exclusively attacking the paint. 2023 6-2 SG Randy Harris chipped in 9 points in the loss.
North Paulding 44, East Paulding 37
Filling in for River Ridge, East Paulding took North Paulding down to the wire before running out of gas after leading 20-17 at the half. Reigning CTC Fall League MVP 2022 5-9 W Aliyah Washington picked up where she left off in 2019, pouring in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals to power North Paulding. Washington opened up her scoring with a three-pointer and mid-range jumper, showcasing her expanded range, before jumping passing lanes and scoring on putbacks. 2023 5-10 F Sophia Gallimore got off to a quick start to open the league yet again, tacking on 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Gallimore displayed a nice touch from the perimeter, hitting a pair of mid-range jumpers and a three-pointer, serving as a stretch-four. 2024 5-6 G Jayda Jackson provided toughness, the physical guard collecting 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals while 2023 6-0 C Alex Willis added 6 points. Known for their aggressive pressure defense, it was 2023 5-7 PG Janaya Evans who set the tone for the Wolfpack. The athletic high-energy guard had 7 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and a league-high 9 steals. East Paulding was led by 2022 5-10 C Wunmi Atiba’s 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. 2023 5-9 W McKayla Mann netted 10 points and 2023 5-6 G Cora Barger tallied 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Osborne 69, Cumberland Christian 42
Without Memphis-commit Zocko Littleton Jr., Osborne made a major statement leading wire-to-wire against Cumberland Christian. 2025 6-2 G Akai Fleming announced his presence to the varsity level, scoring 17 points with 15 coming in the second half via four three-pointers. Fleming has good size with a lethal three-point stroke. 2022 6-6 F Cris Carroll finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. He is a physically imposing mismatch that can go coast-to-coast to the bucket, score on putbacks and can hit the open three. 2022 5-10 PG Jahmeir Chapman provided great energy on both ends of the floor. He had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. 2022 6-6 F Jonathan Carroll was effective inside with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block while 2024 6-0 G Farrell Suber put the punctuation mark on the win with a breakaway slam that brought the house down. Cumberland Christian saw 2022 6-2 G Elijah Wiseman pile in a game-high 22 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. He’s a smooth playmaker with a strong body, capable of playing either guard position. Wiseman has a good pull-up off the dribble and is a dangerous three-point shooter. 2023 6-8 F Gora Niang had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. He scored on a pair of drives. Niang has a lightning quick crossover for his size and can glide to the rim for finger rolls. 2022 6-10 C Delva Chedlet added 4 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Marietta 43, Lithia Springs 38
2022 6-8 F Izaiyah Nelson wore down Lithia Springs in the second half, scoring 10 of his game-high 15 points to pair with 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks to lead Marietta. Nelson used his length and athleticism to overwhelm the opposition, scoring on a pair of putbacks, a dunk and a pretty spin move off the dribble. Nelson showed off his stretch capabilities, knocking down a three in the process. 2023 6-3 SG Todd LeCadre served as the second option. He buried a pair of threes and had 8 points and 2 steals. 2024 6-5 SG Jaiden Mann netted 7 points and 2022 5-11 PG Cedric Roach tallied 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Lithia Springs kept close thanks to the hot shooting of 2025 6-0 G Zaire Finch. The wiry lefty drilled four three-pointers to finish with a team-high 12 points. 2022 6-5 W Langston Terry showed flashes of his upside, finishing with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block. The Douglas County transfer has a strong body and can absorb contact when getting downhill.
East Paulding 56, Allatoona 48
The Raiders pulled away late behind 2022 6-2 SG Nazhier Anderson’s 11 second half points. Anderson finished with 13 points and 4 rebounds, scoring in transition and helping space the floor with his outside shooting. 2022 6-5 W Sebastian Tidor carried the load on both ends, putting up 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocks. 2023 6-3 W Carter Pengelly served as an X-Factor. He’s an interesting piece with great athleticism. Pengelly hit a three-point en route to finishing with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks. He’s a high motor player that can help defend multiple positions. 2022 6-6 PF JR Oyarekhua made an impact inside for Allatoona. The bouncy big man had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. He had a powerful dunk in traffic to conclude his scoring. Expect the late bloomer to really make a name for himself this upcoming season. 2022 6-3 SG Cayden Charles found ways to impact the game other than by scoring. He had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal. Charles managed to make plays off the dribble and set up teammates when the defense collapsed.
Pistols 55, EOTO Miss 45
In a high-level game between two travel teams, it was the Pistols – predominately Centennial – that pulled away after leading 24-22 at halftime. 2024 5-6 G Jasmine Perez poured in a league-high 26 points to go with 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Perez hit three three-pointers and created offense off the dribble. 2024 5-9 G Samantha Ambroselli tallied 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists while 2023 5-7 W Ciara Ware added 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals. 2023 5-6 G Summer Hinkle helped space the floor with a pair of threes to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. EOTO had balanced output led by 2023 5-9 SG Briley Merrill’s 11 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Merrill (Ranburne, AL) drilled three threes, part of six made by EOTO. 2022 5-5 PG India Johnson (New Manchester) and 2023 5-8 F Kiyah Swint (Villa Rica) scored 9 apiece with Swint adding 5 rebounds. 2024 5-8 G Jayden Boykin (Heard County) collected 8 points and 5 rebounds.
North Cobb Christian 56, Kennesaw Mountain 46
Fresh off a Peach Jam championship, 2025 6-0 PG Josh Dixon pumped in 17 points to lead North Cobb Christian past Kennesaw Mountain. 2022 6-4 W Jack Hewitt scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half to go with 6 rebounds. 2023 5-9 PG CJ Wallace and 2022 6-3 W Tremain Davis scored 6 apiece while 2023 6-5 F Samuel Ayegunle pitched in 4 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kennesaw Mountain got a jolt from 2022 6-3 G Will Fincher, a Jacksonville State baseball-commit. Fincher is a physical specimen at guard, a powerhouse that explodes to the rim and uses his strength to brush off defenders. He had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in his return to the hardwood. 2024 6-4 F Jake Whitaker connected on three three-pointers, finishing with 13 points and 9 rebounds. 2024 6-3 G Gabe Mason tossed in 8 points.
Central-Carrollton 74, Bowdon 53
There were plenty of fireworks as the league’s two highest scoring outputs came in the Aux Gym. 2022 6-2 SG JoJo Bell erupted for 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 block to start his MVP candidacy. The bouncy scorer netted four threes and scored 19 points in the second half. 2022 5-9 PG Brian Bain was a disruptor on defense, coming away with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and a league-best 5 steals. 2024 5-9 PG Maxx Williamson posted 10 points and 7 rebounds. Bowdon saw All-State 2023 5-8 PG Authur Johnson pour in a league-high 36 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. Johnson nailed 6 threes to lead the way. 2025 6-1 F Luke Ledbetter finished with 6 points and a league-high 13 rebounds.
Hiram 43, New Manchester 41
Hiram pulled out a nail-biter over New Manchester who was without Kamryn Bates. 2022 6-0 F Erial Owens went toe-to-toe with All-State 2022 6-3 F Kharyssa Richardson. Owens netted 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The inside-out threat hit a pair of threes in the second half. Richardson anchored New Manchester with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. 2025 Damariah Windom came up big with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while 2023 5-7 G Camryn O’Neil pitched in 8 points and 3 rebounds. 2023 5-4 PG Makiala Bullock scored 4 points. 2025 5-5 G Paige Fears had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals for New Manchester in support of Richardson while 2022 5-5 PG India Johnson hit two threes, finishing with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.
Woodstock Hawks 49, River Ridge 39
The Woodstock Hawks beat River Ridge JV behind 6-2 G Alex Gemaljevic’s 17 points. 2022 6-2 G Jai Pathmarajah tacked on 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. 6-2 G David Ojeda had 10 points. River Ridge was led by 2024 6-5 W Matthew Gordon’s 11 points and 5 rebounds, hitting three threes in the process. 2024 6-2 G Rylan Stallard scored 8 points and 2024 6-6 F Wesley Harrison posted 6 points and 8 rebounds.
New Manchester 41, Carrollton 38
2022 6-6 W Jordan Edmond exploded for 22 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist, scoring over half of New Manchester’s points. The long and athletic guard was able to consistently get to his spots. 2023 5-10 G Nik Harness hit three threes to pace Carrollton with 9 points. 2022 5-9 PG Dayvionne Bigsby had 9 points and 2 blocks while 2022 5-9 G Maleke Terry added 7 points and 4 rebounds.