CTC Fall League: Week 5 Recap

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Marietta 1 36, Paulding County 29

Isaac Jones
Isaac Jones

An inauspicious start to the game saw Marietta open up with just four players and finish with five, but being shorthanded didn’t stop the Blue Devils from bouncing back to 3-2 on the season. Marietta trailed Paulding County (2-3) at the half 15-14 before 2023 6-2 G Isaac Jones got hot from deep, hitting two threes and finishing with a game-high 12 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. The smooth shooting guard got help from 2022 6-6 F Izaiyah Nelson, who continued his trend of week-by-week improvement. Nelson drilled two three-pointers and finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Defensively is where Marietta was able to grind out the win. They held 2020 6-1 PG Keon Sedgwick to 6 points, but the playmaker was still able to jolt the Patriot pace with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals before fouling out late. 2021 6-5 W Kervens Yacinthe scored a team-high 9 points in the loss while 2020 6-4 F Elijah Branch provided activity with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Marietta found easy hoops in the second half thanks to 2021 6-0 G MaKyle Lockett who set up backdoor feeds for teammates, ending his day with 2 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. 2021 6-0 G Jayden Martin also helped out on the glass with 5 rebounds to pair with his 3 points and 2 assists. 2022 6-0 G Eric Howard Jr., who arrived late, helped ice the game with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.

North Paulding 40, Allatoona 14

Taylor Cullinan
Taylor Cullinan

North Paulding (4-1) got back in the win column and left no doubt, jumping out to a 13-2 lead and taking a 29-9 advantage into the half against Allatoona (1-4). 2021 6-3 F Taylor Cullinan played her best game of the season and set the tone early, knocking down three three-pointers in the first half to finish her day with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks. Mid-season MVP 2022 5-9 F Aliyah Washington had a solid outing with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. The Wolfpack collected 11 steals, led by 2021 5-6 G Caroline Ariaz who pilfered 4 and added 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. 2023 6-0 C Alex Willis had a breakout performance inside with 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block. The freshman has a strong varsity-ready build and as she gets more reps and gets used to the speed of the game, she could become a valuable piece in due time. Allatoona was led in scoring by 2020 5-3 G Grace Bosley. The confident shooter hit a three and finished with 7 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block. 2021 5-11 F Jaasira Fossitt returned to action and anchored the defense. She had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

Hillgrove 52, Marietta 2 25

Nate Meshida
Nate Meshida

Back after missing a week, 2020 6-3 W Nate Meshida didn’t miss a beat in an overpowering performance against Marietta (0-5). Meshida bullied his way to 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals to lift Hillgrove to 2-3 on the season. The Hawks led 19-8 at the half and stepped on the afterburners after the break as a worn out Marietta team couldn’t keep pace after four players had to play the entire game with Marietta 1 just an hour earlier. 2020 6-0 G Jaden Hannon scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half for Hillgrove and added 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. 2020 6-5 F Arinze Ekwinche tallied 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in the paint. 2020 6-3 F Ben Johnson helped out inside as well with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. 2021 6-0 G MaKyle Lockett had 5 points and 6 rebounds on double duty. 2022 5-10 G Cedric Roach hit two three-pointers to lead the Blue Devils in scoring with 6. 2022 6-6 F Izaiyah Nelson chipped in 4 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block while 2022 6-1 W Bryant Elliott added on 4 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.

Cass 41, East Paulding 33

Alfred Washington & Zaylan Chaney
(L) Alfred Washington & (R) Zaylan Chaney

Cass (3-2) ripped off their second straight win behind a statement performance from 2022 6-6 F Zaylan Chaney who went toe-to-toe with Mid-season MVP 2020 6-5 F Sean Rutledge and won the battle. Cass led 20-16 at the half and nursed a slim lead throughout before pulling away late. Chaney scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the second half as the versatile forward glided his way to the basket and thrived in the open floor. Chaney showed that he handles more than well enough to spend time at the wing and got downhill when he wanted to. He tacked on 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block and finished through contact on multiple times. Chaney has the makings of becoming a D-I prospect. Consistently being able to knock down outside shots will further his development as he can play positions 3 through 5 in high school but probably projects to be more of a wing at the next level with combo forward capabilities. Defensively, he handled Rutledge well, positioning himself to stay in front on his spins to the basket. Rutledge had his lowest output of the season with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. The big bodies of Cass made life difficult as 2020 6-5 F Alfred Washington had another steady game, producing 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. 2021 5-11 G Braxton Benham had 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 steals, part of the Colonels’ 11 takeaways, led by 2020 5-8 G JaQuan Heard‘s 4 steals. East Paulding (3-2) got 14 points from 2021 6-3 W Kristian Ford2022 6-3 W Sebastian Tidor had 5 points while 2021 5-11 G Jamal Francois provided a major lift with his energy, tacking on 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks before fouling out.

Allatoona 39, South Paulding 28

Isaiah Logan
Isaiah Logan

Trailing 18-17 at the half, undefeated Allatoona (5-0) saw their perfect season in jeopardy but the Buccaneers managed to rip off a 20-3 run to open the second half that floored the Spartans (2-3) and left them unable to regain their barrings. 2020 6-2 SG Caleb Duncan led South Paulding with 9 points and 4 rebounds but was held scoreless in the second half as the Bucs zeroed in on the league’s most prolific shooter. 2021 5-11 PG Isaiah Logan rose to the occasion in the second half, scoring 10 of his game-high 13 points to ignite Allatoona. Logan had 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block as well. The balanced Bucs attacked together as 2021 6-5 F Marshall Willingham and 2021 6-4 F Cam Baldwin each scored 7 points, Baldwin swatting away 3 shots. 2021 6-3 F Kevin Taylor posted 6 points, 1 rebound and 2 steals. South Paulding got a good effort out of 2020 6-6 F Knowledge Ruben who went for 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block. 2020 6-3 W BJ Bryant played hard for the Spartans and muscled his way to 6 points and 4 rebounds while attacking the basket.

Macon Mystics 46, Kennesaw Mountain 19

Kimmya Epps
Kimmya Epps

The young Macon Mystics (2-3) ran wild behind 2023 5-6 G Jada Morgan (Jones County) and 2023 5-5 G Kimmya Epps (Jones County). Morgan scored 11 of her game-high 14 points in the first half and chipped in 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal to boot. Epps had an electric game hitting three three-pointers and finishing with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Epps’ energy was unmatched and her success on defense led to confidence on offense as her pretty looking jumper was locked in. The Mystics outrebounded Kennesaw Mountain (0-5) by a total of 45-22. For a second straight week, 2023 5-8 F Deziya McLendon (Macon County) was exceptional on the glass, collecting 13 rebounds to go with her 9 points and 1 assist, moving her into the lead for rebounds per game at 8.2. 2024 6-0 C Madison Shinholster (Appling County Middle) gobbled up 9 rebounds and scored 2 points. 2025 5-5 G Laila Harvey (Rutland Middle) looked confident and scored 6 quick points from the mid-range and added 4 rebounds to her ledger. Kennesaw Mountain was led by 2021 5-10 F Shanique Reid‘s 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. 2020 5-6 G Natalie Fincher bombed away from deep, sinking two threes to finish with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. LaShawn Matthews had 5 points and 4 rebounds.

EOTO Sisters 43, East Paulding 31

Briley Merrill
Briley Merrill

In a hotly contested battle between two of the league’s best, EOTO Sisters (5-0) remained perfect on the season as 2023 5-9 G Briley Merrill (Ranburne, AL) had a breakout performance to carry EOTO past a shorthanded East Paulding (3-2). Merrill netted a game-high 16 points, showing every facet of her game. She canned a three-ball but attacked the basket and went 5-of-6 from the foul line. She collected 4 rebounds and 3 steals as she made plays in the absence of Kyndal Coleman. EOTO led 21-14 at the half but East Paulding’s pressure defense kept things interesting. Missing three starters in Lucy Stewart, Faith Lovejoy and Halle Verkerk, 2023 5-10 F McKayla Mann announced her presence to the league with 10 points and 9 rebounds. The wiry combo forward’s motor kept EOTO’s hands full. 2021 5-9 W Allison McClure had a great performance as well, going for 8 points and 6 rebounds in her increased role. 2020 5-9 G Kimberlyn Black finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks, but EOTO’s depth was just enough to pull out another win. 2020 5-6 G Dekyia Cofield (Villa Rica) struggled with her shot, going 0-for-6 from the foul line, but she still played an excellent floor game with 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. 2020 5-6 G Dasia Wyatt (Bowdon) slashed her way to 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals while 2023 5-6 G Camryn O’Neil (Hiram) added 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.

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