Local players make impact in Georgia-Tenn. All-Star Game
Walraven, Law, Davis take advantage of another shot to represent school
a track and field scholarship recently with Union College. “It meant a lot to me. And to get a chance to play for Kayla one more time was great. It was a lot of fun to meet all the girls and get to know them while we were preparing and playing in the game.”
Rome High’s Taya Gibson was named the Georgia Player of the Game as she led the team with 21 points in the contest. Haralson County’s Alexis Boykin added 19 points as the only other Team Georgia player in double figures.
Ralston said she cherished the opportunity to lead the team and be around the talented group of players the past couple weeks at practices and the game.
“It was a great honor when I was asked to coach the team,” said Ralston, who completed her first season as head coach at Calhoun in February. “I was excited and looked forward to this ever since I was asked. This was a great group of girls, and I got a chance to know them more than I did when we were playing against them the past few years. I wish them all the best as they go on to college. And coaching Erin one last time was something I was really thankful for.”
Rhea County’s Micah Black led the Tennessee girls with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and Girls Preparatory School’s Brooke McCurdy added 17, including five 3s. Bradley Central’s Rhyne Howard was also in double figures with 11.
In the Boys’ Game, Team Tennessee grabbed an early lead and built on that to take a 43-27 advantage into the half. They continued the momentum in the third quarter to lead 65-46 going to the final period and eventually settled for an 85-70 victory over their Peach State counterparts.
Walraven finished with nine points for Team Georgia, including a 3-pointer. Law scored five points with a 3-pointer and also had six assists.
“It was a lot of fun to play with some of the best players around,” said Walraven, who signed to continue his basketball and academic career at Young Harris a few weeks ago. “It’s always fun getting to play against great competition. I’m thankful I was able to play in it and that I could play in one last game before I go to college.”
Law echoed those sentiments about the positive experience he had being a part of Team Georgia.
“It was a great experience,” said Law, a LaGrange College basketball signee. “We got one more chance to represent north Georgia before we all go off to college. I had a ton of fun.”
( Calhoun’s Porter Law (left) and Sonoraville’s Wil Walraven pose for a photo before playing for Team Georgia on Friday at the Georgia-Tennessee Boys All-Star Game at Notre Dame High in Chattanooga. ( Calhoun coach Kayla Ralston (left) and Calhoun’s Erin Davis pose for a photo after being part of Team Georgia during the Georgia-Tennessee Girls All-Star Game.