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DeKalb girls' hoops roundup
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
January 16, 2013 09:47 AM | 1543 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Decatur sophomore Briana Nixon makes a pass during practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Decatur sophomore Briana Nixon makes a pass during practice.
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DeKalb’s prep basketball players and teams are making headlines so fast it’s hard to keep up.

From individual milestones to aspiring teams trying to tangle with perennial powerhouses, the 2012-13 season continues to roll along leading up to next month’s all-important region tournaments.

Here are a few of the hoops happenings that have unfolded to date.

 Ladies earn a grand

A pair of area players who have already posted stellar careers have further distinguished themselves by reaching the 1,000 points scored mark this season.

Stephenson’s Kaliyah Mitchell did it as part of a 34-point barrage against Dunwoody on Dec. 14.

In 14 games for the Lady Jaguars (15-2), the senior forward averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per outing. Mitchell has hauled in over 718 boards for her career — to go with 250 steals.

Stone Mountain’s Danielle Clark also joined the 1,000 club earlier this season.

The senior guard has also amassed 300-plus assists and 300 steals during her run as a Lady Pirate.

Stephenson, Tucker head of the class

The Stephenson Lady Jaguars and Tucker Lady Tigers are ruling the roost in Class 5-A this season, courtesy of their No. 1 and 2 state rankings.

Stephenson and Tucker, who switched places this week, are also trying to fend off fellow Region 6 resident Miller Grove — the defending state champ — who currently occupies the third spot.

The three teams will soon settle the argument of who’s No. 1 as they are scheduled to square off with each other over the next couple weeks. Chances are good that one of them will walk away with the AAAAA crown after THE final game of the season.

Redan burning hot

The Lady Raiders got off to a scorching start this season, coasting to an 11-0 record. Redan, taking advantage of a balanced attack, topped foes the likes of Marist, Henry County and Chamblee along the way in its pursuit of perfection.

But, then came reigning Class 4-A champ Columbia … who casually tossed Redan’s undefeated mark aside, woodshed-style.

The Lady Raiders will be looking to bounce back after last week’s decisive loss, so don’t be surprised if they run off another impressive streak to end the season.
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