Several smaller college basketball programs are still waiting to resume their schedule coming off the holiday break. Those who have returned to action have offered up mixed results over the past …
Several smaller college basketball programs are still waiting to resume their schedule coming off the holiday break. Those who have returned to action have offered up mixed results over the past week.
Even though their teams sometimes came up short, former Bartow County athletes continued to shine on the court.
Cartersville High graduate and Francis Marion star Ryan Davis kept up his stellar senior with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double against Young Harris.
Cartersville native Ashton Hagans put together the top offensive performance of his freshman season at Kentucky, although the Wildcats dropped their SEC opener.
Elsewhere, other ex-Bartow standouts compiled some solid individual numbers throughout the week, including impressive showings by Cass' Jana Morning, Adairsville's Josie Summerville and Excel Christian's Darius Thrower.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Sr., Cartersville) — Davis had a double-double that included 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with three assists and four steals Saturday, but the Patriots were edged by Young Harris College 120-119 in a Peach Belt Conference game in Florence. FMU (7-2, 3-1) will try to bounce back from their first league loss Wednesday at home against USC-Aiken and will travel to Clayton State Saturday afternoon.
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky Fr., Cartersville native) — Hagans played a season-high 33 minutes in Kentucky's SEC opener on Saturday — a 77-75 loss to Alabama. He finished with a season-high 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, six assists and three steals. A defensive standout, Hagans has racked up 24 steals so far this season for the Wildcats (10-3, 0-1), who host Texas A&M on Tuesday.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State So., Cartersville) — McClinic saw four minutes of playing time had one assist and was 0-for-1 from the floor in the Knights’ 82-66 loss last Thursday at Martin Methodist. For the season, McClinic is averaging just under two points and two rebounds per game in about nine minutes per contest. MGSU (5-7, 1-4 Southern State Athletic Conference) hosts Mobile University Thursday and Stillman College Saturday.
Jana Morning (Berry College So., Cass) — Morning scored only two points, but had 13 rebounds and eight assists in a 69-63 loss Friday night at Millsaps College. Sunday, she scored three points and had two assists in a 73-59 loss at Birmingham Southern College. Morning is averaging over five points and five rebounds per game along with three assists and two steals per game. Berry (4-10, 0-3) hosts University of the South Friday night and Centre College Sunday afternoon.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman Fr., Cartersville) — Pugh entered late in the game Saturday and made his only shot — a 3-pointer — as the Paladins beat Citadel at home, 101-85. The bucket by Pugh put Furman over the century mark against their Southern Conference rival. Pugh has appeared in nine games, averaging three points and one rebound in just under nine minutes per appearance. Furman (14-2, 3-1 Southern Conference) plays at VMI Thursday night and at UNC-Greensboro Saturday.
Josie Summerville (North Park Fr., Adairsville) — Averaging 16 minutes in two games last week, Summerville totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, one block and one steal. The Vikings lost both games, falling 76-39 at Carthage College (Wisconsin) Wednesday and 77-65 Saturday at home against Augustana College (Illinois). NPU (6-9, 2-4 Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) hosts Illinois Wesleyan University Wednesday night before traveling to Carroll University (Wisconsin) Saturday afternoon.
Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell Jr., Excel Christian) — Thrower started Saturday at home against Allen University (South Carolina) and grabbed six rebounds in an 87-81 win. He also played nine minutes and nailed his only 3-point attempt in a 68-60 home win last Wednesday over Tennessee Wesleyan. TMU (9-6, 4-5 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays at Reinhardt University tonight, hosts Bryan College (Tennessee) Thursday night and travels to Columbia International University Saturday afternoon.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia Jr., Woodland) — Watson saw three minutes of action as a reserve Saturday afternoon as the Nighthawks lost 86-77 at 25th-ranked UNC-Pembroke. UNG (6-4, 1-3 Peach Belt Conference) entertains Columbus State Wednesday night and USC-Aiken Saturday afternoon in PBC matchups.
Jake Huffine (Chattanooga Jr., Woodland) — Huffine went 1-2 at the Southern Scuffle Jan. 1-2 hosted by the Mocs. Chattanooga placed 14th of 23 schools in the event won by Penn State. Oklahoma, Iowa State, Stanford and Navy rounded out the top five teams. Huffine defeated Sean Cannon of Northern Colorado 6-2 in his opening match before falling to Stanford’s Mason Pengilly 5-3 in the second round. He later lost 3-1 to Cody Trybus of Navy. The Mocs travel to Hampton, Virginia, this Friday and Saturday for the Virginia Duals.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.