Mint Hill Athletes of the Week

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Independence Patriots

Girls Basketball

Jessica Timmons – The senior transfer and Mecklenburg County all-time scoring leader with 2,280 career points ended her final season in an overtime loss to Vance 63-61 in the elite eight regional state championship. She scored 24 points, shot 8-10 or 80% free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Timmons ended the season with a 28.6 points per game average, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.0 steals, while scoring 286 points and shooting 65% from the floor. Timmons moves on to North Carolina State University.

Braylyn Milton – The 4 year varsity standout showed up big time in her final game in a Patriot uniform. She contributed 22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and a blocked shot in the overtime loss. Milton ended her final season playing 9 games scoring 127 points, averaging 14.1 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.6 steals. Milton will be competing at the University of Cincinnati this autumn.

Gracie Breckenridge – The 6’2″ senior dominated the boards throughout her career at Independence. In her final game she scored 4 points on 3 shots. However, she grabbed 5 rebounds, had 5 blocks, and 2 assists for a significant contribution clogging up the oppositions penetration to the basket. Breckenridge ended the season averaging 5.5 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks leading the team with 18.


Ronnell Garrett – With 5:15 remaining in the 3rd quarter Garrett recovered an East Mecklenburg fumble in the end zone to put the Patriots on the scoreboard turning the momentum around in favor of Independence.

Arnold Taylor – The Indy quarterback connected on huge passing plays of 55 yards, 20 and 15 yard gains in the come from behind victory. He engineered the winning drive which was capped by a 27 yard running play from scrimmage, and handing off for the final 2 yards for the score in the fourth quarter for the Patriots.

Girls Lacrosse

Bailey Withers – The senior scored 2 goals on three shots fired, picked up 1 ground ball,  and added an assist. She leads the Lady Patriots with 21 goals on the season.

Joni Gerringer – She was named Player of the Game for her effort by the coach in the 13-1 win over Porter Ridge. Joni scored 3 goals, had 5 ground balls, caused 1 turnover. The senior has 14 goals and 20 draws to date in six games played.

Lilly Loker – The junior scored 3 goals on three shots fired into the net. She added 4 ground balls, and now has 13 goals on the season.

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