Athletes of the Week

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Independence Patriots 


Anthony Allen – The senior scored 18 points with 5 assists against East Mecklenburg and followed up with 15 points, 8 assists and 3 steals vs. Porter Ridge.

Tachai Miller – The junior guard scored 9 points, 7 assists, 10 steals along with 8 deflections and was named “Player of the Game” against the Pirates by his coach.

Nygell Verdier – The senior forward scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to help lead the Patriots past Porter Ridge in a key conference win.

Omarion Bodrick – The junior scored 10 points, hauled down 7 rebounds and had 4 blocks against the Pirates.

Girls Basketball: 

Trinity Thompson – The senior guard scored 18 points with 6 rebounds, 6 assists against porter Ridge and followed up with a 15 point performance, 4 assists and 9 steals against the Lady Eagles.

Braylyn Milton – The Patriots leading scorer scored 20 points and added another 19 points in the two games played this week to add to her scoring records.

Gracie Breckenridge – The junior continues to be huge inside the paint grabbing 15 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. the Pirates, and followed up with 8 rebounds and 6 blocks against the Eagles while adding 14 points combined in both games.

Queens Grant Stallions: 


Jeremiah Murphy – The senior team leader scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds for the double-double against the Pride from Pine Lake Prep.

LB Boyette – The senior scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds against Pine Lake Prep.

Josh Williams – The point guard scored 13 points and added 9 assists against the Pride.

Girls Basketball:

Ashley Aberly – The senior scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, added 1 block and 3 deflections against Pine Lake Prep. She was named “Player of the Game” by her coach.

Tara Goodfellow – The freshman point guard scored 9 points going 3-3 from the 3-point range while adding 3 assists and 2 steals against the Cardinals from Union Academy.

Rocky River Ravens 


Stephon Richards – The junior scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against Hickory Ridge on Wednesday. Then followed up with a 13 point and  8 rebound performance on Friday night.

Calik Thomas – The “Duke” scored 9 points and added 6 rebounds with 1 block against the Ragin’ Bulls and followed up on Friday night with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Nick Burns – The senior guard scored 12 points with 5 assists in the first game against the Ragin’ Bulls and then contributed 9 points with 5 assists in the second game.

Girls Basketball: 

Delayzha Dixon – The senior who has struggled through leg injuries this season continues to produce scoring 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in both games for the Ravens against the Ragin’ Bulls for two consecutive double-double performances.

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