This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence Patriots 


Andra (AJ) McKee – The senior guard had a double-double to lead the Patriots to a semi-final round victory over Hickory Ridge.  he scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had 3 assists and 1 steal in a solid performance.  He was named the Player of the Game by Coach Preston Davis.  McKee scored 14 points in the championship game including 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Tyler Harris –  The senior forward had an outstanding championship final game against the Mustang’s from Myers Park on Friday night.  He drilled 20 points, with a slam dunk, hauled down 4 rebounds, dished 4 assists and had 1 steal.  For his effort he was named the Palyer of the Game by Coach Preston Davis.  Also, was selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.  Harris had 10 points against the Wildcats, 11 vs. the Ragin’ Bulls in the prior two games of the tournament.

Raja Milton – The senior point guard had a solid tournament for the Pats.  He contributed a combined 35 points in the three games played with 19 points in the championship game against the Mustang’s.

Honorable Mention: Matt Smith had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks against the Ragin’ Bulls.  He also grabbed a total of 13 rebounds and 5 blocks in the tournament.

Note: The Patriots 21-6 are the No. 2 seed in the state 4A Championships in the West and have drawn a bye in the first round.

Girl’s Basketball: 

Ayanna Anderson – In the final game of the season for the Lady Patriots the junior  scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds with 1 steal in the loss to the Mustang’s in the first round of the conference tournament.

Grace Breckenridge – The sophomore with potential for the Lady Patriots contributed 5 points, hauled down 10 rebounds and had 4 blocks against the Mustang’s.

Rocky River Ravens: 

Girl’s Basketball: 

Delayzha Dixon – In the Hickory Ridge game the talented and athletic junior scored her normal 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for another double-double.  She also had 6 steals and dished out 2 assists in the semi-final round loss.

Honorable Mention: Mashya Scott the junior contributed 11 points and 3 rebounds, Zichia Harris 10 points and 2 rebounds, Andresia Alexander 6 points, 9 assists and 3 steals in the contest.

Note: The girl’s basketball team will move on into the state championship tournament this Tuesday night as the No. 15 seed and will play No. 18 East Forsyth 16-8.  While the Ravens No. 19 seed men’s basketball team at 13-11 will face off against No. 15 East Forsyth 16-8.

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