By Michael Baron

The 2019-20 basketball season has come to an end across Gordon County. With that being said, we look back on the year of varsity basketball in Gordon County and present our Calhoun Times all-area girls and boys’ teams. Players mentioned are in alphabetical order by last name.

All-Area Girls Team

Mercedes Coleman, Gordon Central

Junior Mercedes Coleman is the Gordon Central’s all-time leading scorer, as she reached this feat on Jan. 7 at Dade County. The Lady Warriors went 17-9 this past season, posting a 9-6 Region 7-AA record. Coleman can score from practically anywhere and is a strong free-throw shooter. She was regularly at the top of the score sheet in double digits night after night, averaging 26 points per game (PPG) and 9.8 rebounds per game (RPG).

Lyndi Rae Davis, Calhoun

Calhoun’s Lyndi Rae Davis was a pivotal force within the paint on both ends of the floor. Davis’ strong rebounding and solid range proved to be crucial factors, averaging close to a double-double with 9.4 PPG and 9.8 RPG, in her squad’s return to the state playoffs. She would ultimately seal a 53-48 double overtime victory over North Murray during the Region 6-AAA quarterfinals with some clutch free throws, booking Calhoun’s ticket to the playoffs.

Alexa Geary, Sonoraville

Junior guard Alexa Geary regularly paced the Lady Phoenix’s offense. Described as a energizing catalyst, Geary can score from just about anywhere. She crossed the 1,000-point threshold earlier this past season and can make it rain from downtown or drive through traffic to the basket. During the playoffs, she notched 70 points in her squad’s three games. During the Sweet 16 matchup against Jackson, Geary notched a double-double with 32 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. It was rare to see her or Sonoraville’s lone senior not atop the point totals at the end of the night.

Anna George, Calhoun

If it wasn’t for George, Calhoun would not have been in the state tournament. With seconds remaining in regulation during that double OT North Murray game, George hit a buzzer-beating three to tie the game at 41-41. Calhoun would outscore North Murray 12-7 in the final eight minutes needed to lift the squad into the region semifinals, with George chipping in 26. Despite George going 100% on the one three-point field goal attempted, her strengths down low became apparent in the second half of the season. The Lady Jackets consistently looked for her close to the basket, as her height gave her an advantage and good looks at the net. In her senior season, she averaged 11.5 PPG and 7.3 RPG.

Maliyah Parks, Sonoraville

Maliyah Parks started every single game in her career at SHS. She averaged 15.7 PPG and 10.5 RPG her senior campaign. Her 15.7 PPG is an exact match to that of Geary. Parks finished her career at Sonoraville as the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 1,600 points. She also collected over 1,100 rebounds. During the Lady Phoenix’s playoff run, Parks scored 50 points and recorded a double-double in every game.

All-Area Boys Team

Caleb Boone, Calhoun

Caleb Boone was second on the Yellow Jackets in points-per-game average with 11.9. Boone had a hot start to the year, reaching double figures in 10 of the first 12 games of the year. He cooled of a bit down the stretch, though, scoring more than nine points just once in his final seven games as a Yellow Jacket. Still, Boone recorded 333 points during 2019-20 and shot 35% from the field.

Orry Darnell, Sonoraville

A first-team all-region selection, Orry Darnell provided a spark for the Phoenix throughout the basketball season. Darnell brought relentless moxy and attack mentality to the court, able to score from a multitude of locations. He recorded 13.7 PPG, 4.1 assists per game, 3.6 RPG and 2.2 steals per game. He and Murray Somers frequently led the Phoenix on the score sheet at the end of the day. 

Gage Maffetone, Calhoun

Maffetone was Calhoun’s senior leader in points-per-game average with 16.4. In 28 games, Maffetone recorded double figures in all but four contests. He notched a season-high 32 points twice, on Nov. 18 versus Model and Jan. 24 at Haralson County. He has excellent range and brought a lot of energy to the court. He regularly found himself atop the score sheet at the end of the night.

Murray Somers, Sonoraville

A versatile two-way player, Somers’ energetic play resulted in the junior picking up plenty of rebounds throughout the season. Somers’ aggressive style got the Phoenix multiple second-chance opportunities. He averaged 12.7 PPG and 7.8 RPG. Somers maintains an excellent range, with a strong ability to finish around the rim and knock it down from outside the three-point line. The Phoenix went 12-13 overall and 8-9 in Region 6-AAA competition during 2019-20. Along with Darnell, Somers was a first-team all-region pick.  

Kade Steward, Gordon Central

Steward was Gordon Central’s leader on the court in terms of points. The junior averaged 15 PPG along with five rebounds. Steward can both knock down threes from outside while also driving inside the paint to the hoop.

Newcomer of the year

Girls Britiya Curtis, Calhoun

Britiya Curtis had a breakout year as a freshman. Curtis, a mainstay in the Lady Jackets’ starting lineup, possesses excellent shooting skills. Averaging 13.5 PPG in her first varsity campaign, she displayed ability to both drive the net and knock it down from beyond the arc. Curtis earned first-team all-region honors and will certainly be a fun player to watch as Calhoun moves into its new 5A region next year.

Boys Dylan Faulkner, Calhoun

Faulkner is a freshman at Calhoun High School. He started the season on the junior varsity team, then worked his way up to the varsity squad. During the Region 6-AAA tournament at North Murray High School, Faulkner made his first varsity start. From there, he recorded 54 points in the Yellow Jackets’ final four games of the season, including 19 against Adairsville in the region consolation match. His range, rebounding on both ends and ability from the free-throw line give the Jackets a solid two-way player as CHS prepares to move up two classification levels.

The 2019-20 basketball season has come to an end across Gordon County. With that being said, we look back on the year of varsity basketball in Gordon County and present our Calhoun Times all-area girls and boys’ teams. Players mentioned are in alphabetical order by last name.

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