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Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Rebecca Webster
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Basketball

Taylor Kennedy, Banks County: 18 points in a win against Dawson County.

Kaela Davis, Buford: 23 points in a win against Blessed Trinity; 17 points in a loss to Wesleyan.

T.J. Shipes, Buford: 18 points with 12 rebounds in a win against Clarkston.

Mackenzie Darrah, Buford: 19 in a win against Clarkston.

Emily Crain, Chestatee: 18 points in a loss to North Hall.

Cole Morgan, Chestatee: 27 points with seven rebounds in a win against Stephens County.

Maegan Kenimer, Chestatee: 19 points and seven rebounds in a win against Stephens County.

Bruce Clark, Dawson County: 18 points in a loss to East Hall.

Carly Gilreath, Dawson County: 21 points in a loss to East Hall.

J.C. Hampton, East Hall: 20 points in a win against Dawson County.

Hayden Chapman, East Hall: 17 points in a win against Dawson County.

Chris Orr, East Hall: 14 points with 10 rebounds in a win against Dawson County.

Morgan Jackson, East Hall: Averaged 20.5 points in wins over Dawson County and North Hall.

Jasmine Jenkins, East Hall: Averaged 19 points in wins over Dawson County and North Hall.

Audrianna Lindsey, East Hall: 14 points and 17 rebounds in a win against Dawson County.

Tyler McBroom, Flowery Branch: Five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in a win against Madison County.

Tavia Sykes, Flowery Branch: 25 points in a win against Apalachee.

Lance White, Gainesville: 19 points in a loss to Walnut Grove.

Shaquan Cantrell, Gainesville: 14 points with 10 rebounds in a win against Johnson.

Montrell McKenzie, Johnson: 15 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in a loss to Monroe Area; 15 points in a loss to Gainesville.

Matt Hollis, Johnson: 18 points in a loss to Gainesville.

Lyndsey Pethel, Johnson: 17 points and 11 rebounds in a win against Monroe Area.

Austin Pearson, Lakeview Academy: 25 points in a win against Social Circle.

Austin Montgomery, Lakeview Academy: 26 points in a loss to Athens Christian; 19 points in a win against Athens Academy.

Aaron Willis, North Georgia Christian: 17 points with five steals and four rebounds in a win against Heritage Christian.

Trey Collins, North Georgia Christian: 16 points with seven rebounds in a win against Colonial Hills Christian.

Ebo Smith, North Hall: Averaged 23.0 points in wins over Chestatee, Lumpkin County and East Hall.

Griffin Olson, North Hall: 19 points in a win against Lumpkin County.

Preston Smith, North Hall: 15 points in a win against Lumpkin County.

Adrian Humphrey, Riverside Military: 20 points in a win against George Walton Academy.

Jake Weiner, Riverside Military: 15 points in a win against George Walton Academy.

Kaelyn Gattis, West Hall: Averaged 16.0 points in wins over Lanier and Walnut Grove.

 

Wrestling

Dylan Brock, Chestatee: Most outstanding heavyweight wrestler at the Hall County Duals.

Tyler Kratzer, North Hall: Most outstanding middleweight wrestler at the Hall County Duals.

Nick Lankford, Flowery Branch: Most outstanding lightweight wrestler at the Hall County Duals.

 

Compiled by Bill Murphy

Gainesville senior Rebecca Webster plays her best with a clear mind.

She tries to block out the fact she's now only 31 points removed from hitting 1,000 in her career - something she hopes to accomplish by season's end.

Webster's challenge to herself is to be a constant leader for the Lady Red Elephants (12-7, 5-2 Region 8-AAA South) and keep the focus on winning a region title this season.

"I feel like the more I hustle and focus on playing my best on defense, then the more I'm able to score," Webster said.

Last week, Webster was at the top of her game on offense. On Tuesday, she finished with 22 points in Gainesville's 51-49 win at Walnut Grove, followed by 21 Friday night in a win against Johnson, both subregion victories.

For her efforts, Webster in The Times Athlete of the Week.

"Rebecca has a really strong understanding of the game and is just such a key player for us," Gainesville coach Brenda Hill-Gilmore said. "As she goes, so does our team."

Currently, Webster is leading the team in both scoring (15 points a game) and rebounds (7). Hill-Gilmore says that Webster is not simply a one-dimensional offensive player.

She can score down low, hit a jump shot, and also knock down a 3-pointer.

Hill-Gilmore says that it is especially important for Webster to be versatile as she'll probably move from the post to guard next season at Samford University, with whom she's already signed a scholarship offer.

"Rebecca scores a lot of points off rebounds and just playing good team basketball," Hill-Gilmore said. "With scoring, if you get five points per quarter, or three of four baskets, then by the end of the game you're up there around 23, 25 points."

The point total by Webster, Gainesville's starting small forward, is magnified by the defense the team has played recently.

In five of their last six outings, the Lady Red Elephants held the opponent to less than 50 points, including a string of three games earlier this month without allowing 30 points.

"We pride ourselves on playing great defense," Webster said. "We've played better as a team the second half of the season."

Even though she led the team in scoring against Walnut Grove, Webster said it was the team that preserved the win after she missed on 5 of 6 free throw attempts late.

Not only is Webster leading the team in the scoring column, but she also tries to rally the squad as a vocal leader, a role she tried to take up early in the season.

"I try to gauge the momentum of our team," Webster said. "I knew at the beginning of the year that I was going to need to try to lead."

After a minor setback with a loss to Carrollton on Jan. 16, Webster feels like Gainesville is playing at a level where it should compete for the region title.

She adds that having the final rounds of the Region 8-AAA tournament at their home court should only enhance their chances.

Gainesville's final home game is tonight against Lanier, followed by a road game Saturday at East Hall. The Lady Red Elephants' final region game of the season is at Monroe Area on Feb. 7.

 

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