2019-03-13 / Front Page

They played for it all!


2019 EARLY COUNTY HIGH LADY BOBCATS from left: 5 - junior My’Kia Wright, 0 - sophmore Keonna Jackson, 23 - senior Janya Williams, 35 - junior Takeisha Jones, 15 - junior Ta’Ziaya Jones, 14 - junior - Ashontay Henderson, 21 - sophmore Makayla Timpson, 24 - senior Taliah Wesley, 10 - freshman Ny’Asia Marshall, 11 - sophmore Tekenia McClendon, 1 - freshman Jordan Eafford, 20 - junior Erin Timpson and 4 - senior Brandi Mincey. 2019 EARLY COUNTY HIGH LADY BOBCATS from left: 5 - junior My’Kia Wright, 0 - sophmore Keonna Jackson, 23 - senior Janya Williams, 35 - junior Takeisha Jones, 15 - junior Ta’Ziaya Jones, 14 - junior - Ashontay Henderson, 21 - sophmore Makayla Timpson, 24 - senior Taliah Wesley, 10 - freshman Ny’Asia Marshall, 11 - sophmore Tekenia McClendon, 1 - freshman Jordan Eafford, 20 - junior Erin Timpson and 4 - senior Brandi Mincey. The Early County High Lady Bobcats did not return home with the championship trophy last week, but they will forever be champions in the hearts of their fans.

The Lady Bobcats, 27-5, went into Thursday’s GHSA AA state championship game against the Frederick Douglas High Lady Astros of Atlanta looking for their first state title since 2003.

However, the Lady Astros, 27-6, had their eyes on a state title as well — their first ever! And, with the game tied with less than two minutes to play, they fought off the Lady Cats at the end for a 57-51 win and that first ever title.

The Lady Astros were led by two-time Region 6 player of the year and Jacksonville State signee Nekiyah Thompson who scored 23 points.

The Lady Bobcats were led by sophmore Makayla Timpson who scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, five blocked shots and four steals. Jordan Eafford scored 10, Ta’Ziaya Jones 7, Janya Williams 5 and Taliah Wesley 9. The Lady Bobcats’ path to the championship game included playoff wins over Jefferson Co. (72-34), Woodville-Tompkins (62-41), Rabun Co. (73-60) and Model (74-60).

Two great seasons

The Bobcats had a great season, compiling a 23-6 record on their way to the Region 1-AA championship.

They defeated Glenn Hills 77-69 in the GHSA state playoffs before losing a 49-46 heartbreaker to Vidalia in the second round. Vidalia advanced to the championship game before losing 51-49 to Therrell of Atlanta.

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