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Local basketball talent in Savannah for GACA all-star games
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Some of Hall County and Northeast Georgia’s dynamic high school basketball stars will join forces with players from the rest of the state Saturday in Savannah. Games featuring the top juniors and seniors for boys and girls are slated for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Games at Savannah State University.

The North senior boys’ squad will be represented by three local players: East Hall’s Kyvon Davenport, Johnson’s Ty Cockfield and Buford’s Tre Hansbrough. The North has outgoing Buford coach Allen Whitehart as head coach. Davenport and Cockfield both led their teams on deep postseason runs in 2015, and each averaged nearly 30 points a game.

For the junior boys, Gainesville’s D’Marcus Simonds was selected after a great season from beginning to end. In the postseason, Simonds, a Mississippi State University pledge, scored 33 and hit the game-winning jumper in a first-round win against North Atlanta. He scored a season-high 41 in the second round of the Class AAAAA state tournament, a loss to Jones County. East Hall head coach Joe Dix is an assistant coach for the junior boys.

For the junior girls for North Georgia, Dawson County’s Karlie Bearden made the squad. Her team is coached by Jason Gibson and Michelle Loggins (Jefferson), and Brad Puckett (Commerce).

Dawson County head coach Steve Sweat will be an assistant coach the senior girls. On his team will be Kaitlyn Duncan of Banks County.

Game times are as follows: junior girls at 11 a.m., senior girls 1 p.m., junior boys 3 p.m. and senior boys at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

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