I expected big things from Jasmine Stone this year, but she has even exceeded my expectations so far in 2013-14.
The 5-9 senior guard started the year by scoring 20 or more points in her first six games. However, over the last couple of weeks she has been exceptional. As Evans went 3-1 with wins over McIntosh County Academy, Statesboro and Cedar Shoals (the loss was to Cross Creek), Stone scored 25, 28 and a season high 31, respectively.
She is also finding her mark from long range. In her first five games she made a total of eight 3-pointers, and her season high in a game was two.
Since Dec. 10, she has made three or more 3-pointers in each contest, including five versus McIntosh, four versus Statesboro, and five more versus Cedar Shoals.
She has now made 31 of 103 attempts from beyond the arc this season. Stone has also improved other areas of her game. She has posted two games with seven assists and averages nearly four assists per game. She is also among the area leaders in steals with an average of 2.4 per game, including a season high eight in a blowout win of North Augusta.
Add those impressive numbers to her 22.5 points per contest and it is no surprise that the Lady Knights are 9-2 on the season.
Border Bowl I and underclassman combine this weekend
If you have not had enough football, we do have one final game for you.
It’s Border Bowl I this weekend at Laney Memorial Stadium. The game will feature the top senior players in the CSRA. Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler leads the Georgia squad versus Team South Carolina, which is coached by Dan Pippin of North Augusta. The game will get under way at 1p.m. and will feature 11 players from Columbia County.
Earlier the same morning, former Greenbrier star and college All-American Ryan Bowers will host his annual CSRA Combine. Bowers, the owner of AthElite Sports Training Academy, has ran a combine for several years, but this year’s event is a little different. This year is invitation only and will showcase underclassmen exclusively.
Also, only the top 50 underclassmen from the CSRA garnered an invitation. The athletes who were invited will have a chance to test themselves in several areas versus the very best young football talent in the CSRA. The top performers in each category, as well as the top overall prospect will be honored at halftime of the Border Bowl, which is being televised on WJBF Channel 6.
Just like the Border Bowl, AthElite’s Fab 50 Underclassmen Combine will include several players from Columbia County. Here are a few names to look for.
Lakeside: Rashad Roundtree, Stephan Houzah, B.J. Raymond, Nick Patterson
Evans: Matlin Marshall
Greenbrier: Jamal Richard
Grovetown: Ben Jean, Eugene Govan
Harlem: Austin Burt
The combine begins at 8 a.m. and is open to the public. Come check out the next crop of gridiron stars.