CTC Fall League: Week 6 Recap

CTC Fall League Recap

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Kennesaw Mountain 29, Allatoona 16

Gracie O'Neill
Gracie O’Neill

The Mustangs (1-5) earned their first win of the season in a spirited effort. 2021 5-10 F Shanique Reid provided her usual steady play with a game-high 10 points and 3 rebounds but it was the ball movement and outside shooting of 2020 5-4 G Gracie O’Neill that made the biggest difference. O’Neill drained two threes on her way to 6 points while adding 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. O’Neill read the floor well and delivered sharp passes to open teammates. 5-5 G Crystal Nguyen had 5 points and 5 rebounds while twins LaShawn and LaShunda Matthews crashed the glass together. LaShawn hit two threes and finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while LaShunda collected 5 rebounds. 2020 5-6 G Natalie Fincher came up big defensively with 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Allatoona (1-5) saw 2020 5-3 G Grace Bosley lead the Buccaneers with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. 2021 5-8 F Folu Timothy made her debut and came away with 2 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block. 2021 5-10 F Maddie Gamblin returned to action after a long layoff and contributed 3 points and 2 blocks.

Cass 41, Marietta 2 35

Jalani Reynolds
Jalani Reynolds

The Colonels (4-2) won their third straight game as 2021 5-11 G Braxton Benham and 2022 6-6 F Zaylan Chaney continued their hot play. Cass led 22-19 at the half before finding themselves knotted at 35 with 3:40 remaining. A 6-0 run to finish the game was sparked by 2020 5-10 G Jordan Ford on a gym-shaking putback dunk that Marietta 2 (0-5) could not recover from. Cass collected 18 steals led by Benham’s 8 to go along with his 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 spectacular chase down blocks. Benham takes great pride in his defense and doesn’t quit on plays. His athleticism makes him a problem on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he’s nearly a set-shooter and managed to bury two three-pointers. He has really come on strong down the stretch and is looking like a sleeper in the 2021 class. Chaney was strong in the win with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals while 2020 6-5 F Alfred Washington pounded away for 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.  Ford ended his night with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks. Marietta used a balanced attack to stick with Cass. 2023 6-6 F Jalani Reynolds made his CTC Fall League debut after recovering from a back injury and looked great with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Reynolds can handle the ball against the press and showed a nice mid-range jumper on offense. He has good instincts defensively and is the latest underclassmen with size that drips with potential. His running mate 2022 6-6 F Izaiyah Nelson came on strong in the second half with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. 2022 5-8 G Cedric Roach had a crafty 6 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block while 2023 6-2 G Isaac Jones scored 7 points and had 3 rebounds and 1 steal.

North Paulding 48, East Paulding 20

Sophia Gallimore
Sophia Gallimore

North Paulding (5-1) was relentless, opening up a 16-0 lead to deliver the knockout punch before shorthanded East Paulding (3-3) could ever find their rhythm. 2021 6-3 F Taylor Cullinan has turned it on over the past two weeks and put up her best game of the season with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. She has gotten more aggressive on the glass and has finished better around the rim while still showing enough touch to knock down a three, her fourth in the past two games. 2022 5-9 F Aliyah Washington finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals. 2020 5-7 G Jamiah Mott was all over the place with 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while 2021 5-6 G Caroline Ariaz had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals. 2021 5-3 G Adrianna Olivera scored 5 points. 2023 5-10 F Sophia Gallimore had her finest game of the season with 7 points and 5 rebounds. The physical forward knows how to use her body inside but also has a nice touch that extends to the three-point line. East Paulding was without Faith Lovejoy (concussion) and Kimberlyn Black (car crash) and struggled against North Paulding’s pesky guards. 2021 5-3 G Lucy Stewart came off the bench and was the Raiders’ leading scorer with 12 points, hitting two threes and collecting two steals on defense. Stewart is a dangerous shooter when left open. Playing alongside Black and Lovejoy, Stewart should find opportunities to stretch the defense from beyond the arc this season.

Allatoona 33, Marietta 1 26

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

Marietta 1 (3-3) gave the Bucs a scare in the first half and trailed just 17-14 at the break, but in the second half Allatoona (6-0) regained their form and found enough cushion to turn back an upset-minded Blue Devil group. 2023 6-6 F Jalani Reynolds made an immediate impact for Marietta in his second game of the day. He scored all 6 of his points in the first half and finished with 9 rebounds and 2 steals. He made a big time move on a post up where he span away for a fading jumper, but in the second half Reynolds didn’t get many opportunities to showcase his offensive arsenal. 2021 6-3 F Kevin Taylor led Allatoona with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals after injuring his leg late in the first half. 2021 5-11 PG Isaiah Logan chipped in 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals while 2020 6-2 G Prentiss Church had 5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals off the bench. 2021 6-5 F Marshall Willingham had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block. 2021 6-4 F Cam Baldwin finished with 2 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 steals and 1 block. 2020 5-10 G Camron Charles made some nice plays off the bench, tacking on 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Marietta was led by 2022 6-6 F Izaiyah Nelson who had 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. 2021 6-0 G MaKyle Lockett was quiet offensively with 2 points, but he added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. 2020 6-0 G JaQuan Harris had some eye-popping splits of double teams. Harris had the ball on a string and pulled some Houdini acts to get out of traps. He’s physically a rock solid strong guard that take bumps with ease. He had 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Hillgrove 57, Paulding County 33

Nate Meshida
Nate Meshida

With their top six players out, Paulding County (2-4) couldn’t keep pace with Hillgrove (3-3). The Hawks turned to human wrecking ball 2020 6-3 W Nate Meshida to overpower the Patriots with 21 points — 15 in the second half. Meshida had hard finishes at the rim which we’ve become accustomed to, but his best play was a step back between the legs off the bounce to hit a three. 2020 5-10 G TJ Ishmail was active, picking up 9 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists and 2 steals while running mate 2020 6-0 G Jaden Hannon had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 steals. 2020 6-5 F Arinze Ekwinche hit two threes and finished with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 1 steal. 2020 6-3 F Ben Johnson got in on the action with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist, providing rugged tough-nosed play inside. 2022 6-0 G Jaylen Gandy had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals as the leader of a depleted roster. 2022 6-4 F Willie Smith bruised his way to 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. 2021 6-5 F Dexter Watkins had 5 points and 7 rebounds while 2021 6-3 F Tristan Whitener scored 5 points.

East Paulding 42, South Paulding 24

Kristian Ford
Kristian Ford

Up 16-11 at the half, East Paulding (4-2) used a 17-5 run to put the game out of reach in the second half as 2021 6-3 W Kristian Ford scored 9 of his game-high 12 points. Ford collected 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Fresh off being named Preseason Second Team All-State 2020 6-5 F Sean Rutledge posted 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. South Paulding couldn’t get 2020 6-2 SG Caleb Duncan going, as the league’s second leading scorer netted 8 points and 2 steals and was unable to close ground on Rutledge for the scoring title heading into the final week of the season. 2020 6-6 F Knowledge Ruben had 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals and 2 blocks for the Spartans. 2020 6-0 G Jordan Goodrich had 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. For a second straight week, East Paulding got great play out of 2021 5-11 G Jamal Francois. The energetic athlete had 6 points including catching an alley-oop off the backboard. He snagged 9 rebounds and 2 steals, playing bigger than his size.

Macon Mystics 25, EOTO Sisters 19

Jada Morgan
Jada Morgan

The Macon Mystics (3-3) have grown up before our eyes, winning three straight games after an 0-3 start. The team full of freshmen and middle schoolers knocked off previously unbeaten EOTO Sisters (5-1) in a thrilling game that saw both teams hit big shots down the stretch. The Mystics led 13-10 at the half as freshman phenom 2023 5-6 G Jada Morgan (Jones County) was relentless in her pursuit of getting to the rack. She scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the opening 20 minutes and grabbed 4 rebounds to boot. 2023 5-9 G Briley Merrill (Ranburne, AL) got buckets for EOTO to stem the tide, scoring 6 of her team-high 8 in the first half. Things remained tight late in the second half as the Mystics held onto a 17-15 lead with 6:51 remaining. Merrill gave EOTO their first lead of the second half with three minutes left on a deep two but 2023 5-5 G Kimmya Epps (Jones County) rose to the occasion, hitting back-to-back threes to push the Mystics ahead for good at 23-19 with one minute remaining. With 30 seconds to play, it was her future Greyhound teammate Morgan that delivered the dagger on an ice cold pull-up jumper. Epps finished with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block. EOTO received 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block from 2020 5-6 G Dasia Wyatt (Bowdon). The Mystics were without Kyndal Coleman and 6-0 C Taylor Doucet who got injured early in the second half and did not return.

 

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