Former Harlem softball star Kacee Camp received one of the highest honors an athlete can ever be given this week. At halftime of the GRU-Augusta Women’s basketball game, Camp’s No. 14 was retired by the GRU-Augusta Softball Team. Camp graduated from GRU in 2012 as one of the school’s most highly decorated student-athletes. She burst on the scene during the 2008-09 season starting all 51 games and leading the Peach Belt Conference with a .408 batting average.
For her efforts, she was named PBAC Newcomer of the Year and was named 1st Team All-Conference. She also helped lead the Jaguars to the NCAA Tournament. She was also named to the All-Southeast Region Team. Over the next three seasons Camp became one of the top players in the country. Her stellar career culminated with a senior campaign that saw Camp finish in the Top 15 in 9 different offensive categories in the Peach Belt. She hit .390 with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 27 RBI, 35 runs scored, and she posted a .451 on base percentage.
She also led the squad to the NCAA Tournament for a school record 4th straight season. She was named 1st Team All-Peach Belt and was named All-Southeast Region for a school record 4th consecutive year. She did all this while graduating with a 3.88 GPA and becoming the first Jaguar Athlete to be named a 1st Team National Academic All-American. For her career, Camp hit .362 (233/644) and perhaps her most impressive accomplishment was the fact that she started all 211 Jaguar games during her collegiate career. Congrats to Kacee on this tremendous honor.
Lady Pack’s run ends
The Greenbrier Girls Basketball Team had their outstanding season come to an end Wednesday night in the GHSA AAAAA Quarterfinals. The Pack fell to Drew 72-59 to finish the season 24-7. They were trying to make the Final Four for the 2nd time in school history, but ran into a buzz saw named Lakiyah Sims. Sims poured in 32 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to lead Drew to victory. Coach Stephanie Basinger and her team should hold their heads up with pride.
After a loss to Evans on Jan. 11, the Lady Pack stood at 13-6 and were going to have to scrap just to get in the playoffs, much less the Elite 8. However, the team got hot, reeling off 11 consecutive victories, won the Region Title, and picked up two state tournament wins. And the best part: They start three juniors and two freshman. As a matter of fact, they do not have one senior on the roster.
Greenbrier’s varsity team consists of six freshman, one sophomore, and four juniors. The freshman are led by budding superstar Destiny Marshall. She averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per contest this season. The junior class has a trio of talented players that will all be back next season. Point guard Mallory Myers runs the show and leads the area with 7.8 assists per game. Jennifer McMahan is the Pack’s long range threat, burying 90 three point shots and averaging 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. And underneath, Morgan Taylor leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game and also chips in with 14.5 points per contest.
This is a team that should be ready to make another run next season. Another bright spot…three of their seven losses came to other Columbia County teams, which is another illustration of the improvement of girls basketball in the county.