On June 23rd, the Georgia High School Association voted to implement the use of a shot clock in their high school basketball games over the next three years. According to the GHSA, teams across the state of Georgia will be able to have a soft transition into the new shot clock era.
For the upcoming school year (2020-21), the shot clock will only be used in approved Christmas and thanksgiving tournaments and showcase games but it will not factor into region or postseason contests.
The shot clock will be required for region games starting in the 2021-22 season. It will not be required for every varsity game (including postseason contests) until the 2022-23 season.
College coaches really got the ball rolling on this idea and presented it to the GHSA with the idea that it would help student athletes be more prepared for the college level style of play.
University of Georgia head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean took to twitter to proclaim his support for the new rule change, saying that there was not a doubt in his mind that there would be any downside to implementing a shot clock. He claimed that with the time constraint on the offense, it would only enhance the kids ability to learn and grow in the game of basketball.
This will be a major change to the game, especially for the coaches in Georgia, who have never had to worry about a shot clock violation before. The rule in itself will not be hard to learn, but coaches will inevitably change their coaching styles.
Some teams in the area are known to hold the ball as a part of their offense and bleed the clock, allowing their opponent as few touches per game as possible. Other teams with a more “run and gun” type of offense (trying to score as quickly as possible) will not be as directly affected by the new rule.
Another group that is as directly affected by the new rule as any, are the GHSA officials and referees who have to enforce the new rule.
Thankfully, the three year period of implementation for the new rule will allow coaches, players and officials alike time to learn and understand how things are going to go.
Last night, Feb. 24, the Gilmer Bobcats traveled to Fannin Co. to take on the Rebels for the 10U recreation basketball district championship. Although both teams fought hard until the end, the Rebels were the ones to walk away with a 44-31 championship victory to move on to the state tournament.
Gilmer got the ball from tip off and wasted no time putting the ball into action. Chas Curtis started things off for the Bobcats as he drove to the basket for a layup to give Gilmer the early lead. Curtis finished the night with 12 points. For the Rebels, Keaton Watkins responded by drawing a foul and adding a point from the free-throw line to put Fannin Co. on the board. Watkins led the Rebels in scoring for the night as he earned 16 points overall. Kole Foster was the one to get the lead for Fannin Co. as he made an outside shot to put the score at 3-2. The Bobcats were quick to take back the lead as Preston McVey made a shot on the block to put the score at 4-3. McVey was an unstoppable force on the block for the night as he led the Bobcats in scoring for the night with 14 points. Cannon Holloway returned the favor with a made layup to give Fannin Co. the lead back and put the score at 5-4. Holloway finished the night with eight points. Holloway continued putting the ball into action as he passed up the court to Rylin Davis who drove the ball in for a layup to extend the Rebels’ lead. Davis finished with 11 points. Gilmer’s McVey made a shot on the block to put the score at 7-6 with Fannin Co. in the lead to end the first quarter.
The game continued to go back-and-forth to start the second quarter as McVey continued to show off his moves on the block to give Gilmer an 8-7 lead. Jayden Richerson for Fannin Co. quickly responded as he made an outside shot to put the score at 9-8 with Fannin Co. in the lead. Reid Holloway added onto the score as he drew a foul and contributed a point of his own from the free-throw line. McVey was the one to tie up the ball game 10-10 for Gilmer to take the lead on the very next play as Jase McCollum made a rebound shot and contributed five points overall to the Bobcats’ score. McVey for Gilmer contributed two points of his own from the free throw line and Curtis scored another layup to advance the Bobcats’ score. Rylin Davis for Fannin Co. made a free throw to put the score at 16-13 with the Rebels trying to catch up. Fannin Co.’s Holloway received an assist from Richerson to give Fannin Co. the lead with at 17-16. The Rebels’ lead did not last long as McVey put another shot up from the block to put the score at 18-17 with Gilmer back in the lead to go into halftime.
To start off the second half, Fannin Co. found their fire. Holloway was the one to take the lead back for the Rebels as he made an outside shot followed by a layup to put the score at 21-18. Richerson had grit on defense as he took a charge to keep the Bobcats from scoring a layup. The Rebels played a solid defense as they only allowed the Bobcats to score four points the entire quarter while Fannin Co. scored 18 to run away with their lead and never looked back. The Rebels were able to close out the third quarter with a 38-22 lead against the Bobcats.
Although Gilmer was down, they refused to give up. They kept making steals to drive to their basket while Fannin Co. did the same. Casen Bailey made his presence known in the second half of the game as he got after it and added four points on the board for Fannin Co. overall. McCollum closed out the game as he made a 3-point shot to add to the Bobcats’ score, however it was not enough to catch up to the Rebels, who won the championship 44-31.
Gilmer head coach Patrick McVey stated, “This Gilmer team worked hard all season long but just fell short tonight.”
Fannin Co. head coach Bryan Richerson stated, “The kids played well. It’s a sight to see these kids get some success as something for us to build on.”
Fannin Co. will go on to play the winner of District 2 on Friday night, March 6, at 8:45 p.m. at Hendrix Park Gym located at 3960 Wilma Edwards Road in Ellavell, Georgia.
For the first round of state playoffs, the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels traveled to Atlanta to take on the Westminster Wildcats last night, Feb. 14. Both teams fought hard until the end, but Fannin Co. was the one to come out on top with a 54-45 victory to move on to the second round of the state playoffs.
Westminster got the ball from tipoff where they had trouble making their way to the basket. Fannin Co. had a solid defense where they earned rebounds and drove the ball to their basket for points. Saidee Collins was the first to put points on the board with a shot from the block to give Fannin Co. the early lead. Mackenzie Johnson continued the trend as she drove to the basket immediately after to put the score at 4-0. Johnson had a great night on defense as she got after the ball and was able to draw fouls and added a free throw to the Lady Rebels score. The Wildcats began to put the ball into action as they made 3-pointers to put points on the board. The Lady Rebels kept adding to their score and closed out the first quarter with a score of 13-8.
As Westminster began to look inside to their posts for points, Fannin Co. did the same. The Lady Rebels passed around the key well as they had great looks inside to their posts. Olivia Sisson showed off her moves on the block as she added four points to Fannin Co.’s score. Becca Ledford was the one who led the Lady Rebels in scoring for the night with 19 points overall. Abby Ledford also showed off her hustle as she drove to the basket and added four points on the board for Fannin Co. to go into halftime with a 21-17 lead
To start off the second half, Fannin Co. began to make their 3-point shots. Natalie Thomas was on fire above the key as she added 12 points to Fannin Co.’s score from four made 3-pointers. Reagan York continued the trend as she added 10 points on the board for the Lady Rebels, six of them being from made 3-point shots. Westminster began to make a comeback as they were able to make a 3-point shot to tie the game 31-31. Abby Ledford was able to sneak in and and make a wide open shot down low to get Fannin Co.’s lead back with a score of 33-31. Becca Ledford followed right behind as she made a layup to advance Fannin Co.’s lead and closed out the third quarter with a score of 35-33.
The Wildcats quickly tied the game back up to start off the fourth quarter and were able to take a 37-35 lead with made free throws. They continued to advance their lead until Reagan York made back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game 43-43. Natalie Thomas answered the call as she was able to make a 3-point shot of her own to put Fannin Co. ahead 46-43 for the Lady Rebels to keep adding onto to their score and advancing their lead. As the buzzer sounded, Fannin Co. found themselves with a 54-45 victory to move on to play in the second round.
When asking Becca Ledford about the team’s efforts this season, she stated, “We have put our heart and soul into this team and we no longer do this for ourselves. We do this for each other, our coach, our fans, and everyone who supports the Rebel Nation.”
Four members of the Fannin Co. Rebels basketball team have been named to the Region 7-3A All-Region team as voted on by the region coaches.
One of the four, junior Kaeden Twiggs, was named to the All-Region First Team after a standout campaign this season for coach Bryan Richarson. Twiggs averaged 10 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 assists per game from both the guard and forward spots for the Rebels this season.
Three of the four were named All-Region Honorable Mention: junior Cohutta Hyde and sophomores Jordan Bennett and Landon Norton.
Hyde, a guard, averaged 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2 assists per game this season.
Bennett, a guard, averaged 5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 assists per game this season.
Norton, also a guard, averaged 5 points. 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 assists per game this season.
Five members of the Lady Rebels basketball team have been named to the Region 7-3A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.
Two of the five, senior Morgan Holt and junior Abby Ledford, were named to the all-region first team after standout season for coach Ryan Chastain.
Holt, a 5-foot-10 guard and forward, averaged 14 points, six rebounds, two steals, and a block per game this season.
Ledford, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals for the Lady Rebels.
Three of the five players were named Honorable Mentions for their performances this season: senior Saidee Collins, junior Mackenzie Johnson, and sophomore Becca Ledford.
Collins averaged five points, five rebounds, and a steal per game; Johnson averaged four points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals; and Becca Ledford averaged 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Lady Rebels.
Fannin Co. (17-10) earned the No. 3 seed from Region 7-3A in the state playoffs. The Lady Rebels haven’t been past the region tournament since 2013.
The Lady Rebels will face Westminster (20-7), the No. 2 seed from Region 5, at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, in Atlanta in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Yesterday, Feb. 7, the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels (17-11) basketball team traveled to East Hall to take on Greater Atlanta Christian (14-11) for the second round of the region tournament. Both teams were fighting for a win to move on to the championship game that would be played the next day, but the Spartans were able to pull off a 55-43 victory to compete for first place the next day.
Both teams came out ready to play from tip off as Greater Atlanta Christian got the ball. It was a fast paced yet low scoring quarter as it took both teams a few minutes to put any points on the board. The Lady Spartans were the first to put points on the board and gain an early lead as they drove to the basket. Mackenzie Johnson was the first to score any points for Fannin as she drove to the basket to put Fannin on the board. Abby Ledford continued the trend as she earned points from a made layup and free throws to add five points to Fannin’s score to end the first quarter with GAC in the lead with a score of 10-6.
Becca Ledford was working hard as she was able to make a layup and put the Rebels behind by only two points with a score of 23-21. Ledford was the one to lead the Lady Rebels in scoring for the night with 18 points. The Spartans were able to keep making their way to the basket as they kept their lead and added onto their score. Reagan York also showed off her hustle as she made her way past the defense to score a layup and draw a foul where she made both of her free throws. Despite Fannin’s hard work attempting to catch up, GAC was able to keep their lead with a score of 22-17.
The crowd was on their feet to start the second half and you could feel the energy fill the gym. Both teams were so hopeful and fought until the end for a victory. The Rebels began to look inside to their posts to start the third quarter. Sadiee Collins and Olivia Sisson showed off their moves on the block as they each made a basket to add to Fannin’s score. Natalie Thomas was on fire with her outside shooting as she contributed 10 of her own points to the Rebels score. On one set of her foul shots, Thomas was able to make them both to tie the game 29-29. With Fannin just a shot away from taking the lead for the first time in the game, the Spartans made a last second basket on the block to put the score at 31-29 to go into the final quarter.
Tension was high as the fourth quarter began. The Spartans found their fire right as the eight minutes began as they made two layups back to back, followed by a 3 point shot to take back their lead. The Rebels were able to add more points on the board, but it was not enough to catch up to the Spartans as the buzzer sounded on their 55-43 victory.
The Rebel’s win put their overall record at 17-11 and their region record at 7-7. Catch Fannin’s next game today as they travel to East Hall to take on Dawson County at 3pm to see who will claim third place in the region.
Last night, Feb. 4, the Fannin Co. Rebels (7-19) traveled to Greater Atlanta Christian (19-7) to take on the Spartans for the first round of the region tournament. The teams were competing to see who would move on in the tournament or who would go home and be done for the season. Fannin Co. was the one to endure a tough 79-28 loss to end their season.
The Spartans got the ball from tipoff where they wasted no time putting the ball into action. They played a solid defense as they made the Rebels work hard to get to the basket. Senior, Jerritt Holloway, led Fannin in scoring for the night with five points as he showed off his moves to score layups. Eli Brisbay-Cochran continued the trend as he made his way to the basket to contribute four points to Fannin’s score. Greater Atlanta Christian was able to get the early lead as they closed out the first quarter with a score of 25-6.
GAC was able to extend their lead to start off the second quarter. The Spartans were on fire with their outside shots as they added onto their score. Andre Bivens continued the trend as he made a 3-pointer to add to Fannin’s score. Cohutta Hyde showed off his skills as he was able to pull up for shots and add four points to Fannin’s score. The Spartans were able to double their score as they went into halftime with a score of 51-10.
To start the second half, the Rebels began to look inside to their posts to score points. Miles Johnson and Brady Martin showed off their moves on the block as they each earned a basket for Fannin to add onto the board. Dylan Collins and Jalen Ingram were aggressive down low as they drew fouls and each contributed two points from the foul line. Despite Fannin putting more points on the board, GAC ended the third quarter with a 64-19 lead.
With six minutes on the clock to start the fourth quarter, Fannin began to make and draw fouls. Landon Norton showed off his hustle as he drew a foul and added two points to the Rebels score from the free throw line. Jordan Bennett continued the trend as he scored two of his own foul shots. As the buzzer sounded, the Spartans found themselves with a 79-28 victory.
Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 7-19 and their region record at 0-13. After the game, Senior Miles Johnson shared with Team FYN Sports, “This season may not have ended the way we wanted it to, but we hope that the team will build from it for future seasons. We just need to learn from our mistakes so that Fannin Basketball will grow and be as strong as ever.”
Landon Norton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Rebels!
Norton, a sophomore guard, played well in two games last week for Fannin Co. (6-17, 0-12 Region 7-3A).
On Friday, Jan. 31, Norton scored just two points but made his presence felt on defense as the Rebels fell to Greater Atlanta Christian (18-7, 9-3) in Blue Ridge, 64-33.
Against non-conference opponent Murphy (8-10, 3-5 Big Smoky Mountain 1-A) on Saturday, Feb. 1, Norton scored a team-high 14 points, including hitting four shots from beyond the arc, as the Rebels earned the narrow, 48-46 win in North Carolina.
For his efforts, Norton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!
Becca Ledford is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels!
Ledford, a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, had two standout performances for Fannin Co. (16-9, 6-6 Region 7-3A) last week.
On Friday, Jan. 31, Ledford tied a team high with 12 points as the Lady Rebels fell to Greater Atlanta Christian (14-11, 10-2) in Blue Ridge by a score of 66-53.
Ledford followed that with nine points in a 63-44 non-conference loss to Murphy (18-0, 8-0 Big Smoky Mountain 1-A) on Saturday, Feb. 1, in North Carolina.
For her efforts, Ledford is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Rebels!
Jerritt Holloway is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Rebels!
Holloway, a senior guard, is a leader and consummate teammate for the Rebels (5-16, 0-11 Region 7-AAA).
Holloway has played basketball for all four of his year at Fannin Co. He is a great teammate and one of three senior leaders on the team.
Holloway provides a spark on offense and defense when he comes into the game, often contributing on the scoreboard.
For his efforts, Holloway is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!
Morgan Holt is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels!
Holt, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, had three standout performances as Fannin Co. (16-7, 6-5 Region 7-AAA) won three road games during the week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Holt tied a team-high with 13 points, to go along with five rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and three steals as the Lady Rebels defeated region-foe Cherokee Bluff (4-19, 1-9) in Flowery Branch.
Against East Hall (8-14, 3-7) on Friday, Jan. 24, in Rabbittown, Holt put up a game-high 25 points, including five made 3-pointers, to go with 11 rebounds, six assists, and a steal as Fannin Co. won 60-37.
Holt finished the week with 10 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and two steals in a 57-27 victory Saturday, Jan. 25, against non-conference opponent Southeast Whitfield Co. (6-18, 2-9 Region 6-4A) in Dalton.
Head coach Ryan Chastain said Holt was a big part of the huge win Saturday.
“She did a good job of getting everyone involved,” Chastain said.
For her efforts, Morgan Holt is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels!
Cohutta Hyde is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Rebels!
Hyde, a junior guard, played well is two games last week for Fannin Co. (4-14, 0-9 Region 7-AAA).
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Hyde scored a team-high 11 points as the Rebels fell to North Hall (15-7, 6-3) in a tough region game, 60-32, in Blue Ridge.
Hyde followed that with great defense and ball handling, while adding two points, during a 53-44 region loss to Lumpkin Co. (8-13, 4-5) on Friday, Jan. 17, in Dahlonega.
For his efforts, Hyde is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!
For their second region matchup of the season, the Fannin Rebels (5-15, 0-9 region 7-AAA) traveled to Lumpkin Co. (8-12, 4-5 Region 7-AAA) last night, Jan. 17, to take on the Indians. The Rebels lost by just one point the first time they played and hoped to redeem themselves with a win. Unfortunately, Lumpkin Co. rose above and claimed a 53-44 victory.
Fannin Co. started off the game strong, lead by Jalen Ingram who used some quick moves to put up eight first-quarter points, including the opening made shot. Brady Martin followed the trend as he made his mark down low by earning five of his own points. While Fannin Co.’s posts were earning points, Lumpkin Co. was on fire above the key as they made 3-pointers to earn a 12-7 lead to end the first quarter.
The Rebels earned their fair share of 3-point shots in response to Lumpkin Co. Jerritt Holloway was the one to lead Fannin Co. in scoring for the night with 11 points, nine of them coming beyond the arc. Landon Norton was also able to make one above the key to add to the Rebel’s score. Despite their great outside shooting game, the Rebels still found themselves trailing the Indians going into halftime with a score of 27-20.
As Lumpkin Co. full-court pressed the Rebels, Fannin Co. began to turn up the heat on their defense. Jordan Bennett showed off his great ball handling skills as he added 10 points to Fannin Co.’s score for the night. Andre Bivens and Cohutta Hyde showed off their hustle as they both drove past the defense to make a layup, followed by Bivens’ 3-point shot to add to the board for the Rebels. Although they were close, the Rebels were still behind Lumpkin with a score of 40-35 to go into the final quarter.
Fannin Co. continued to fight as they put more points on the board in hopes of catching up to the Indians. Despite those efforts, Lumpkin Co. was able to turn up their defense as they made steal after steal to drive back to their basket to earn points. The Indians were able to draw a foul and make both of their free throws to close out the game on their 53-44 victory.
The Rebels’ loss puts their overall record at 5-15 and their region record at 0-9. Catch Fannin Co.’s next game Tuesday, Jan. 21, as they travel to Cherokee Bluff to take on the bears at 6:30 p.m.
Last night, the Lady Rebels (13-8, 4-5 Region 7-AAA) traveled to Lumpkin Co. to take on the Lady Indians (12-8, 4-5) for their second region matchup of the season. Although Fannin Co. almost made a comeback after falling behind early, Lumpkin Co. was the one to walk away with a 53-47 victory.
The Lady Indians came out ready to play as they were able to get the early lead over Fannin Co. While the Lady Rebels mostly drove to the basket and looked inside to their posts for their points, Lumpkin Co. was shooting well from outside. Sophomore Morgan Holt was the one to lead the Lady Rebels in scoring for the night as she earned 13 points overall. The Lady Indians made their mark in the first quarter and were able to close it out with a 16-8 lead.
Fannin Co. full-court pressed the Lady Indians to start off the second quarter. The Lady Rebels were putting up a great defense as they kept the Lady Indians from scoring in the first several minutes. Olivia Sisson added four points to Fannin Co.’s score. Saidee Collins followed the trend as she had moves on the block to make baskets and draw fouls to earn eight points of her own. Although Fannin Co. was doing great on the block, Lumpkin Co. had a 25-18 lead to go into halftime.
To start off the second half, Fannin Co. began to find their fire. Holt made some shots from outside as Reagan York drove to the basket and added 10 points to the Lady Rebels score. Fannin was able to tighten up their defense and made it harder for Lumpkin Co. to get to the basket. The Lady Rebels tied the game 30-30 in the third before Lumpkin Co. quickly responded to end the third quarter with a 39-38 lead.
Mackenzie Johnson and Abby Ledford got after it as they showed off their hustle by each making a basket to add to Fannin Co.’s score. Johnson played scrappy on defense as she was called for her fifth foul in hopes of keeping the Lady Indians from scoring more points.Despite their fight, the Lady Rebels were unable to get their lead back. Lumpkin Co. was able to close out the night with a 53-47 victory.
Fannin Co.’s loss puts their overall record at 13-8 while their region record stands at 4-5. Catch the Lady Rebels next game as they travel to Cherokee Bluff on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to take on the Lady Bears at 5 p.m.
Saidee Collins is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels!
Collins, a 5-foot-10 senior forward, had a pair of strong games last week as the Lady Rebels (13-7, 4-5 Region 7-AAA) lost a pair.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Collins scored five points as Fannin Co. fell to North Hall (15-7, 6-3) in a tough region contest, 64-47 in Blue Ridge.
At Lumpkin Co. (13-8, 4-5) on Friday, Jan. 17, Collins scored eight points as the Lady Rebels fell 53-47 to the top 10-ranked Lady Indians.
For her efforts, Collins is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Rebels!
Andre Bivens is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!
Bivens, a junior guard, had a pair of strong games for Fannin Co. (4-12, 0-7 Region 7-AAA) last week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Bivens scored just two points but played well all over the floor as the Rebels pushed Greater Atlanta Christian (12-5, 5-1) to the brink before falling 46-40 in Norcross.
Bivens followed that with six points Friday, Jan. 10, against No. 2 Dawson Co. (17-2, 7-0) in a 90-41 loss in Blue Ridge.
For his efforts, Bivens is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!