10 Gadsden-area basketball players to watch in the AHSAA area tournaments
Here’s a look at 10 boys and girls high school basketball players to watch from Etowah County for the area tournaments, which begin Monday.
Cade Phillips, Westbrook Christian
The 6-foot-8, 205-pound sophomore forward, who has offers from Alabama, Georgia and Samford, among others, closed the season averaging 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.4 steals. That and more may be needed to keep the season alive at No. 9 Spring Garden in the first round of the 2A Area 12 tournament.
Camille Jenkins, Gadsden City
Though Gadsden City is winless in an area that features three of the top five teams in 7A, it now just takes one win to keep the season going. In order to upset No. 2 Vestavia Hills, a big night from Jenkins will be key. The senior guard has done just that all season long as she was averaging 16.2 points and two steals heading into the final week of the season.
Avron Nix, Hokes Bluff
Sophomore Jordan Presley is the guy for the Eagles. But Nix has shown his dependability this season, especially on the scoring end lately. Nix is averaging 10.1 points and has scored 16 or more in three of his last four games.
Tameah Gaddis, Gadsden City
In order to upset a team like Vestavia Hills, the Titans will need to depend on more than Jenkins. Likely more than Gaddis, too, but having her doing what she’s capable of will be important – and that’s a lot. Gaddis was averaging 12.3 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block heading into the final week of the season.
Taylor Carr, Southside
The junior guard was thrust into the point guard role – along with Owen Westcott and Hunter Sitz – when Chris Lengyel tore his ACL early in the season. Carr has adapted well, averaging 10.7 points per game while winning the Etowah County tournament MVP. He’ll be depended on to keep the season alive at Springville, as well as Murray State football signee Michael Rich Jr. down low.
Jayda Lacks, Sardis
The sophomore forward can put up some eye-popping numbers. For example, in a loss to Geraldine this week Lacks totaled 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in just three quarters. She was averaging a double-double with 12.3 points and 12.9 rebounds, along with 2.5 blocks, heading into the final week of the season. The Lions will be looking to keep their season afloat at Douglas.
Steven Jones, Etowah
It never hurts to have four players who are averaging 10-plus points per game. Jones is atop of Etowah’s scorers with 13.2 points per game, followed by Dee Spears (11.7), Duke football signee Trent Davis (10.4) and Tae Wright (10.2). At least one, but it could very well be a combination of all of all four, will need have a big game to take down Cherokee County for the third time this season.
Bella Millirons, Coosa Christian
The sophomore guard finished the regular season as Etowah County’s leading scorer for the second consecutive season. But that’s not all she does. Millirons is averaging 23.7 points, six rebounds, five steals and 0.8 blocks per game. The second-leading scorer in the county? Her teammate, Chloe Davidson, who is averaging 18.7 points. Not bad options for coach Jayme Hollingsworth as his team prepares for home-court advantage in the 1A Area 10 tournament.
DeMarcus Macon, Gadsden City
Macon has been on a tear. The senior is averaging 16.8 points in his last five games and has scored 15 points or more in seven of his last 10. He came up big in Gadsden City’s upset win over then-No. 2 (now top-ranked) Vestavia Hills. The Titans need a win at No. 4 Spain Park to keep the season going. Gadsden City is looking to advance to the Northeast Regionals for the first time since 2018.
Kileigh Blackwell, Hokes Bluff
The junior forward is the leading scorer for the Eagles averaging 11.6 points per game. She has scored in double figures in 10 of her last 14 games, including 17 points against 6A Oxford. The Eagles will need a win against Geraldine to keep their season alive. Hokes Bluff is 0-2 this season against the Bulldogs with both losses coming by a combined eight points.
Reach Gadsden Times reporter Teddy Couch at email@example.com or via Twitter, @Teddy_Couch.