Maia Booker, West Hall: Tallied 15 points in a win against Cambridge on Monday.
Sydney Cleveland, North Hall: Scored 16 points with 11 rebounds in a win against Cass on Monday.
Kaitlyn Duncan, Banks County: Recorded 14 points against Commerce on Monday.
Kensi Gillespie, North Hall: Had 13 points in a win against Stephens County on Wednesday.
LeNiesha Kearse, West Hall: Had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a win against East Jackson on Tuesday.
Maegan Kenimer, Chestatee: Tallied 12 points with eight rebounds against Heritage on Saturday.
Lacey Robinson, Lumpkin County: Recorded 16 points with nine rebounds against Andrews, N.C. on Tuesday.
North Hall coach Kristi House believes that Jordan Nix is simply picking up where she left off after tearing her ACL in the first game of the 2011 season. So far this season, she’s the Lady Trojans’ leading scorer.
House said that Nix is a vocal leader and brings the same leadership to the team this season that she did as a bench part of the coaching staff last year, but Nix is also bringing points to a North Hall team that has won all three of their games so far this year.
In the first three games against Cass, Stephens County and Providence Christian, Nix tallied a total of 44 points.
For her efforts, she has been named The Times’ Girls Athlete of the Week.
According to House, this is nothing out of the ordinary for Nix.
“This is Jordan,” House said. “I think had she not been injured last year a lot more people would have known about her.”
“It feels really great to be back, especially since we were all expecting a great season out of me last season,” Nix said.
Nix spent last season courtside with her coaches, learning more about the game and helping lead her teammates, which House believes has made her an even better player on the court.
“She learned a lot about the game,” House said. “She picks up on it easily. She’s shooting the ball better, and she’s not afraid to be vocal on the court.”
“Last year helped me be able to see the court better,” Nix said. “Now I know what I needed to work on personally and what we needed to work on as a team.”
Something new for the team, however, is an on-court chemistry between Nix and fellow scorer Sydney Cleveland. This season is their first ever playing together on the varsity team, but Cleveland scored 43 points last week for North Hall in addition to Nix’s 44.
“She and Sydney seem to just find each other on the court,” House said.
Nix feels that since Cleveland works with the ball down low on the court and Nix plays mainly from the 3-point line, the two move the ball well and can push each other.
“We’re both competitive, but not in a bad way,” Nix said.
The team as a whole has many players who can score, said House, and Nix agrees that the girls all push each other to be their best.
“With our whole team we’ve talked about being unselfish with the basketball,” House said. “We have a lot of people that can score, so it’s mainly everyone working together.”
Nix said that the Lady Trojans’ fall season playing together has helped her get back in the swing of things and believes that the team is much farther along now than they were at this time last year.
“I feel like we can go back to the playoffs and make it back to the final four,” Nix said.
North Hall visits Lakeview Academy on Tuesday in Gainesville.