Lo­cal play­ers make im­pact in Ge­or­gia-Tenn. All-Star Game

Wal­raven, Law, Davis take advantage of an­other shot to rep­re­sent school

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY -

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.

Pho­tos by ALEX FAR­RER / staff

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