This year’s Mac Braxton Classic consisted of some of the top female talents from surrounding areas. Atlanta standout, Princess Goff, continued to show her advanced scoring ability with three 30+ scoring games in the tournament. Jameasha Frierson of Southwood showed why she is the #5 player for the class of 2023 in Louisiana, leading the Lady Cowboys to a 57-37 victory over Jonesboro Tigers. Other standout performers were Xabrianna Jackson of Jonesboro with a 28-point performance and Malayshia Tate of Summerfield with a 20-point performance.
Coach Fuller states, “Every year I am amazed with the amount of talent that goes unseen in small rural area schools. That is why I’ll be forever grateful to God for the opportunity that He has afforded me to shine a light on girls’ basketball in this area, by setting a platform where college coaches can see the unseen.”
The Lakeview Lady Gators picked up where they left off with another tournament win, bringing their record to 5-0. The Lady Gators took the court being led in by fans favorite, Trinity Browder, with poms poms in both hands. Yet, the Fisher sisters (Jameisha and Janaiya) put on a show, combining with over half of Lakeview’s points, 41 out of 76; 21 points and 20 points respectively to a dominating victory of 76 to 30 over the Montgomery Tigers.
The Summerfield Rebels also fell prey to the Lakeview Lady Gators with a loss of 58-70. Although the Lady Gators found themselves down in the first few minutes of the game, Timberlyn Washington led the Lady Gators on a 10-point scoring streak to finish the first quarter with the Lady Gators leading 17-12. Timberlyn Washington continued to lead the Lady Gators throughout the game finishing with 24 points. Saniyah Marshall also made her presence felt by scoring her 2nd double-double of the season with 14 point and 12 rebounds.
Coach Fuller stated, “Summerfield was a great test with much respect to Malayshia Tate, a true floor general.” I’m proud of the way our bench played in the tournament. If we continue to get this type of play from Hailey Poydras and Asharia Smith, there is no limit to how far this team can go,” said Coach Fuller.
The Mac Braxton Classic is always a reminder of the Great Lady Gators who have excelled on the court. The Gators are still coming out of “The Swamp” to continue their legacy with Gator Pride. Special thanks to the Braxton Family for continuing to impact lives as Coach Braxton did through the Mac Braxton Annual Scholarship.