Jake Burnette, Buford: 17 points in win against Avondale.
Kyle Kellam, Buford: 14 points in win against Avondale.
T.J. Shipes, Buford: 14 points in win against Avondale.
Preston Smith, Chestatee: 14 points in loss to Gainesville.
Peyton Robertson, Chestatee: 12 points and 10 rebounds in win against Flowery Branch.
Stephen Scaife, Dawson County: 19 points in win against White County.
Jacob Evans, Dawson County: 35 points and 14 rebounds in two wins.
Charles Perry, East Hall: 16 points in both the Lanierland semifinals and finals.
Nolan Carter, East Hall: 14 points in Lanierland championship loss to North Hall.
Joshua Hampton, East Hall: 25 points in win against Flowery Branch in Lanierland semifinal.
Haley Chapman, East Hall: 14 points in win against Lakeview in Lanierland consolation game.
Josten Hopkins, Flowery Branch: 16 points in loss to East Hall in Lanierland semifinal.
Ishmael Hollis, Flowery Branch: 16 points in loss to West Hall in Lanierland consolation game.
Chris West, Gainesville: 16 points in win against Chestatee.
Ty Redmon, Gainesville: 14 points in win against Chestatee.
Jaymee Carnes, Gainesville: Averaged 18 points in Lanierland semifinals and finals.
Loren Thomas, Gainesville: 21 points in Lanierland finals loss to North Hall.
J.J. Damons, Jefferson: 18 points in win against Fannin County.
Darius Minor, Jefferson: 14 points in win against Fannin County.
David Watson, Jefferson: 14 points in win against Fannin County.
Matt Hollis, Johnson: 21 points in win against Lakeview.
Tre Dudley, Johnson: 20 points in win against Lakeview.
Ahston Wright, North Georgia Christian: 20 points in win against Horizon Christian.
Zack Pendley, North Georgia Christian: 17 points, 21 rebounds in win against Horizon Christian.
Nathan Wright, North Georgia Christian: 14 points in win against Horizon Christian.
Chris Barnes, North Hall: 20 points in Lanierland championship win against East Hall.
Trevor Ross, North Hall: Averaged 14.5 points in two Lanierland wins.
Kanlor Coker, North Hall: 15 points in win against West Hall in Lanierland semifinal.
Mary Kate Rushton, North Hall: 12 points in Lanierland finals win against Gainesville; 15 points in win against Lakeview in Lanierland semifinal,
McKenna Rushton, North Hall: 12 points in Lanierland finals win against Gainesville; 16 points in win against Lakeview in Lanierland semifinal,
Richard Tribble, Riverside Military Academy: 24 points in win against East Jackson,
Dylen Setzkorn, Riverside Military Academy: 15 points in win against East Jackson,
Shunquez Stephens, West Hall: 19 points and 10 rebounds in loss to North Hall in Lanierland semifinal,
Jarquise Young, West Hall: Averaged 15.5 points in Lanierland semifinal loss to North Hall and Lanierland consolation win against Flowery Branch.
Luke Crumley, White County: 24 points and 14 rebounds in loss to Johns Creek.
Ashely Lowery, White County: 16 points in loss to Johns Creek.
Tyler Kratzer, North Hall: Placed first in 119-pound class at Wildcat Open.
Wesley Adams, North Hall: Placed first in 130-pound class at Wildcat Open.
Colby McClain, North Hall: Placed first in 215-pound class at Wildcat Open.
Lee Sisson, North Hall: Placed first in 189-pound class at Wildcat Open.
Tanner Yates, West Hall: Placed first with two wins in 125-pound weight class at the Creekview Invitational.
According to “Swozi,” as she’s known to family, classmates and teammates alike, the contents of the book ran the gamut; everything from free-throw shooting to leadership.
What stuck with the sophomore point guard, however, was how the book addressed playing defense.
“Overall, the book refreshed me,” Swozowski said. “And it really helped me on the defensive end by giving me tools that will help me stop better players and the confidence to think I can do it in the first place.”
If Friday night’s Lanierland Basketball Tournament championship against Class AAA’s No. 2-ranked Gainesville was any indication, she’s putting those tools to good use.
With the Lady Red Elephants making a run with just under three minutes to go in the game, pulling within seven points of North Hall’s lead, Swozowski made a key steal and subsequent layup that iced the win for her team.
It was the cherry on top of a 17-point championship game performance that not only helped the Lady Trojans (6-0) to their second Lanierland title in three years, but earned her the C.W. Davis MVP award.
And now, for her efforts, Swozowski is The Times Athlete of the Week.
Swozowski, in her team’s first two Lanierland wins against Johnson and Lakeview, scored a combined seven points with three assists, two steals and two rebounds.
She knew her game had to be taken to a different level if the Lady Trojans had a shot at knocking off the defending Lanierland champions.
“Friday was my time to step up,” Swozowski said. “I wasn’t happy with my performances in the last couple of games and knew that to be the kind of player I want to be, I had to make something happen.
“Luckily having that in my head paid off for me on the court.”
“We’ve talked to Swozi a lot about being a leader on the floor,” second-year North Hall coach Bryan Richerson said. “She’s really starting to do that and Friday night was a great example.
“She’s progressed in every part of her game and it’s been amazing to see how much she’s matured in a year.”
The next step for Swozowski and her undefeated teammates comes tonight when they play host to No. 10-ranked Pickens.
“Friday night was the best game I’ve had in my high school career,” Swozowski said. “But it was just one game and in order to do what I want to do in the future, I have to play that way every game and stay humble.
“If I get cocky in anyway, I won’t play that way and won’t reach my goals or help my team reach our goals.”