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.
The Fannin Co. High Rebels wrestling team is sending five wrestlers to the state tournament after a strong showing at the Class 3A B Sectional at South Forsyth High on Feb. 7 and 8 in Cumming.
Four Rebels placed second and one placed fifth at the sectional tournament.
At 106 pounds, Kainan Henson (72-16) placed second in the tournament. Henson had a first-round bye and in the quarterfinals, he advanced by pin in 41 seconds. Henson earned a spot in the finals by defeating his semifinal opponent by pin in 59 seconds for the Rebels.
Grayson Patterson, in the 120-pound bracket, also managed to earn a second-place finish.
After a first-round bye, Patterson earned a spot in the semifinals by defeated his quarterfinal
opponent by pin at the 3 minute, 35-second mark. Patterson then went on to wrestle in the
finals after pinning his semifinal opponent by pin at 1:58.
In the 126-pound bracket, Landon Galloway earned a second-place finish. Galloway started with a first-round bye, before defeating his quarterfinal opponent by decision, 10-2. Galloway emerged victorious in his semifinal match, also by decision at 9-6, before falling in the final.
At 152 pounds, McCay Turner earned a second-place finish. In the first round, Turner defeated his opponent by decision 8-0. In the quarterfinals, Turner won by pin in 29 seconds.
Turner then earned a spot in the finals by winning his semifinal match by pin in 54 seconds.
Rounding out the state placers for Fannin Co. was Corbin Davenport, who placed fifth at 145 pounds. Davenport had a first-round bye due to his seeding, before losing his quarterfinal match in overtime, 13-8. In the consolation bracket, Davenport won his first match by pin at 4:59, then won his second match by decision, 5-2, to earn a spot in the state tournament.
The Class 3A state tournament is slated for Feb. 13-15 at the Macon Centreplex in Macon.
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.
Fannin Co. High school senior Miles Johnson signed his National Letter of Intent on Thurdsay, Feb. 5, to declare his intention to play football at the University of Georgia as a preferred walk-on.
Johnson, a four-year varsity offensive lineman for the Rebels, had offers from nearly 10 schools, but chose Georgia because he wanted to play in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
“This has been a wild ride, to be honest with y’all,” Johnson said during his signing. “I have to first thank god for everything. (I’ve) always had the dream (of) going somewhere (in) the SEC, and that’s to him it’s all possible now.”
Fannin Co. head football coach Chad Cheatham said, “A lot of hard work, many years of beign on the football field, baseball field, basketball (court) whatever it is, goes into to something like this. Long hours in the weight room. A lot of sweat, a lot of blood, a lot of tears.”
Cheatham addressed Johnson directly by saying, “Miles, we appreciate what you’ve done, son. You know we love you, this community loves you, and it’s just an honor to be able to share this with you.”
Johnson finished by thanking everyone in attendance, including his parents who were sitting with him for the signing.
Johnson said his parents, Earl Johnson and Leslie Jabaley-Mann, are “my biggest supporters. … I can’t thank them enough. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I’d be in the position I am today.”
He also thanked, “Coach Cheatham, all the coaches I’ve had throughout high school and all the way up to now. I gotta thank my teammates, their all here today. (They) have been my brothers all throughout high school and since we were little kids.”
Johnson finished by saying, “I appreciate all the support from this community.”
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A video of Johnson’s signing can be found below.
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.”
Today, Feb. 3, Haley Parks signed a letter of intent to further her volleyball career at Truett McConnell University. Not only was Haley committing to play volleyball at Truett, but so was one of her closest teammates, Cheyanne Tilson. All of Haley’s friends and family filled the cafeteria for this special day.
Haley is a senior at Fannin County High School who has played the sport for the school for the past four years. Parks is an outstanding athlete who has been awarded for her success on the court as she received the Defensive Player of the Year award her sophomore year. Not only does the senior have achievements on the court, but also in the classroom. The scholar is a dual enrollment student at the University of North Georgia who also takes AP courses at the high school. She has been awarded for her academic success by being inducted into not only the National Honors Society, but also the National Technical Honors Society. The athlete is also very involved in clubs at the school as she has the title of Community Service Coordinator in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). When competing with the club, she won the FCCLA Star Event Competition on the national level. When asking the senior why she chose Truett McConell, she stated, “I chose Truett because it was a really good opportunity for me. I wanted the chance to play the sport I love beyond high school and the university gave me that opportunity.”
“Cheyanne and Haley have set examples of what is possible for players in this sport which receives very little if any recognition from the community and the school. It was my honor and privilege to have been a part of their high school careers and I look forward to following their achievements at Truett McConnell,” head coach of the Lady Rebels volleyball team, Jason Stanley, stated about his players.