Betty Faith Jaynes, Allan Rowe Head All-Tournament Selections
Two members of the Newton County High championship teams of the Invitational Tournament were named as “Most Valuable Players” by The Covington News for the 1961 event.
Betty Faith Jaynes, guard on the girls team, and Allan Rowe, Ram center, are the honorees for their sterling performances in the eighth annual event held in Covington.
Miss Jaynes, a sophomore, was assigned the hard task of guarding Lithonia’s crack forward Judy Willis in the championship game Saturday night. In the final three quarters of the game, Miss Willis managed to get only one field goal.
The night before in the semifinal game, the Lithonia whiz sank a total of 28 points to lead her team to a triple overtime win over Social Circle.
In the first two games of the tourney, Miss Jaynes repeatedly harassed the forwards of Monroe and Rockdale County to help put her team in the finals.
Rowe’s game in the finals Saturday against the tall Rockdale County team, coupled with a fine performance in the semifinals victory over Loganville, earned him the honor for the ’61 meet.
Although he wasn’t the high scorer of the tournament, Rowe’s all around job on both boards aided his team in winning number 16 and 17 straight for Coach Ronald Bradley’s charges. Other members of the All-Tournament teams are as follows:
BOYS: Billy Shaw Shaw (Rams), Ronald Smith Smith (Rockdale County), James Taylor (Morgan County), and Leonard Shaw (Loganville).
GIRLS: Judy Judy Willis Willis (Lithonia), Dianne Moore (Newton County), Roxie Garrett (Social Circle), Jo Jackson (Lithonia), Carol George (Newton County).