Athletes Of The Week

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Independence Patriots


Bryce Brooks – The senior guard rebounded with a solid game against East Rutherford scoring 19 points with 6 steals, 1 block, and 2 deflections to lead the Patriot charge. He is averaging 14.2 points per game.

Dyshawn Taylor – Another senior guard scored 19 points along with 6 steals against Cardinal Newman and followed up with a solid performance contributing 12 points, 3 steals and 4 deflections against East Rutherford in a recent holiday tournament.

Tosh Alberga – The sophomore scored a season high 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block and 2 deflections in the win over East Rutherford.

Girls Basketball: 

Kaylee Carson – The talented sophomore scored 24 points against Woodruff with 4 rebounds and 2 steals. She added 17 points to lead the team against Lancaster with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. She leads the Lady Patriots in scoring with 18.8 points per game in the 10 games played this season.

Kamryn Kitchen – The young freshman phenom scored 24 points with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals to lead the Lady Pats over Woodruff. She followed up with a solid game against Lancaster scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists,1 steal, including a block shot. She is averaging 14.4 points per game for the season including her first career double-double.

Rocky River Ravens


Jaden Lyles – The senior team leader continues to have a solid season. He scored 21 points with 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals against a Bessemer City in a 56-42 recent win for the Ravens. He is averaging 17.7 points per game. He scored 21 and 22 points in the semi-final and title games at the North Iredell Holiday Classic. Lyles was selected to the al-tournament team.

Anthony Franchi – Another senior having a good season scored 11 points, pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double against Bessemer City. He contributed 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in the victory. He has 2 double-doubles this season. He contributed 15 points in the title game loss in the North Iredell Holiday Classic against Mooresville.

Henry Price – The junior added 11 points with 4 rebounds and 1 assist to make a nice contribution for the Ravens over Bessemer City. He scored 15 points along with 6 rebounds against Mooresville and was selected to the North Iredell Holiday Classic all-tournament team.

Butler Bulldogs 


Zion McDuffie – The junior is having a solid campaign for the Bulldogs. He is averaging a conference leading 19.8 points per game, 7.4 rebounds, 3.9 steals. 2.4 blocks, and has accumulated 3 double-doubles this season.

Ty Black – The senior is averaging 18.1 points per game for the Bulldogs. He is shooting 59% from the floor, and is contributing 3.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

Girls Basketball:

Brooklyn Saunders – Another freshman phenom is averaging 15.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 4.9 steals, and is shooting 49% from the floor. She has accumulated 2 double-doubles for the Lady Bulldogs.

Queen’s Grant Stallions 


Lourell Covington – The senior is averaging 14.4 points per game to lead the team, he has contributed 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.1 deflections while shooting 48% from the floor for the Stallions.

Elijah Rector – Another senior is contributing a solid 11.0 points per game, 3.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.5 deflections, along with solid defense to give the 8-3 Stallions added court leadership.

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