When Ashton Hagans left Kentucky's SEC opener against Missouri with an ankle injury, it appeared as though the Cartersville native would have to sit out a game or two.
But with the Wildcats set to travel to Athens to face Georgia in their next game, anybody who knows Hagans knew he would be playing. The sophomore point guard did more than just play, finishing with 13 points, five assists and four steals in Tuesday's win.
He was even better — probably because he was healthier — Saturday against Alabama. Hagans narrowly missed out on a triple-double, totaling 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in another victory.
Hagans wasn't the only former Bartow County basketball player to put up big number this past week. In total, nine different local athletes scored double-digit points at least once over the past seven days.
Elsewhere, former Adairsville swimming star Rylee Moss placed second in the 200-yard butterfly at her most recent meet with Old Dominion.
Elijah Robinson (Atenas Cordoba; Excel Christian) — Robinson scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds Wednesday in a 92-88 victory over Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba. Robinson also had four assists and a steal in the win. In Sunday’s 83-74 loss to Boca Juniors, Robinson scored 23 points and had nine rebounds. Atenas Cordoba (4-8) plays Friday at Libertad Sunchales Friday and Sunday at La Union Formosa.
Jacquez Fountain (Albany Tech Fr., Cass) — Fountain scored 12 points with four rebounds and six assists last Wednesday as the Titans won 92-82 at East Georgia CC. Fountain then scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds, added two assists and a pair of steals Saturday in a 74-70 overtime win at Central Georgia Tech. Albany Tech (11-6, 4-0 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) hosts Andrew CC Wednesday night and plays at Georgia Highlands Saturday.
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky So., Cartersville native) — Hagans flirted with a triple-double Saturday in a 76-67 home win over Alabama. Hagans finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. He also added three steals in the SEC win. Tuesday, during a 78-69 victory at Georgia, he had 13 points, five assists, four steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot. This week the 14th-ranked Wildcats (12-3, 3-0) play at South Carolina Wednesday night and travel to Arkansas for a Saturday afternoon game.
Carter Hedden (Hocking So., Cass) — Hedden scored five points and issued a pair of assists Wednesday in a 77-73 home loss to Owens CC. The Hawks (10-5, 0-2) also had an 87-58 loss Saturday at Bryant & Stratton. Hocking hosts Edison State Wednesday night and plays at Owens Saturday afternoon.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Jr., Cartersville) — McClinic scored three points in four minutes of playing time off the Knights’ bench Thursday night in an 86-81 win at Florida College. MGSU (7-5, 2-3 Southern States Athletic Conference) also had a win Saturday over Brewton-Parker. The Knights make the trip to Mobile University this Saturday.
Kyla Michienzi (Piedmont Fr., Cass) — Michienzi scored eight points and added two steals, one rebound, one assist and one block in the Lions’ home win last Tuesday over Wesleyan College. Michienzi then scored 11 points with a pair of boards and one assist Saturday in a 70-61 home USA South Athletic Conference loss to Berea College. Piedmont (8-6, 4-3) plays tonight at LaGrange College and Friday at Agnes Scott.
Jana Morning (Berry Jr., Cass) — Morning scored 12 points and had three steals to go with one rebound and one assist Friday night in a 77-61 loss at Centre College. In Sunday’s 61-52 win at Sewanee-University of the South, Morning scored 17 points and added four rebounds, a steal and an assist. The Vikings (8-8, 2-3 Southern Athletic Association) host conference games with Birmingham-Southern Friday night and Millsaps College Sunday afternoon.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman So., Cartersville) — Pugh played four minutes Wednesday night at Chattanooga in a 73-66 win and two minutes in Saturday’s 86-73 loss to UNC-Greensboro. The Paladins (14-4, 4-1 Southern Conference) entertain Western Carolina Wednesday night before traveling to Wofford Saturday.
Josie Summerville (North Park So., Adairsville) — Summerville scored 14 points and collected six rebounds with one steal Wednesday in an 82-51 loss at Illinois Wesleyan. Summerville then scored seven points with four rebounds and one assist Saturday in an 80-75 win at Elmhurst College. The Vikings (11-3, 4-1 Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) host Millikin Wednesday and Augustana Saturday.
Darius Thrower (Truett McConnell Sr., Excel Christian) — Thrower scored 18 points with two assists and one rebound Saturday in a start and overtime loss to Kentucky Christian at home. Coming off the bench, Thrower scored 10 points with three rebounds, three assists and one steal Tuesday in a 74-70 overtime loss to Reinhardt at home. He added eight points with four rebounds Thursday in an 84-68 loss at Milligan. The Bears (6-11, 2-11 Appalachian Athletic Conference) have now dropped 10 straight games and look to bounce back Wednesday at Point and Saturday at home against Bluefield College.
Alexis Ware (Piedmont Fr., Cass) — Ware did not score, but she had six rebounds and an assist in the Lions’ win over Wesleyan last Tuesday.
Nakiyah Washington (Piedmont Fr., Adairsville) — Coming off the bench in both games this past week, Washington scored 10 points against Wesleyan and 12 against Berea. She also totaled six rebounds, six steals and two assists as the Lions split the two games.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia Sr., Woodland) — Watson scored 10 points, grabbed five boards and made one steal Wednesday as the Nighthawks won in overtime at Georgia Southwestern State, 72-65. Watson then added five points with a game-high 11 rebounds and a block Saturday afternoon in a 90-80 home victory over Georgia College. UNG (7-7, 2-4 Peach Belt Conference) entertains Columbus State Wednesday night before traveling to Lander Saturday.
Rylee Moss (Old Dominion Fr., Adairsville) — Moss was second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.59) and finished seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.44) as the Monarchs lost 193-101 Saturday at William & Mary. Moss was also part of the sixth place 200-yard medley relay team (1:51.12). ODU hosts Davidson this Saturday in Williamsburg.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.