Price, a 5-foot-11 incoming freshman from Summerville, nearly averaged a triple-double for the Lady Indians last season, scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists a game. Those numbers helped Chattooga go from a 1-24 season two years ago to 15-11 this past season.
“She could play any position and play it well,” said Chattooga head coach Billy Martin. “We made some big changes to the style of play when I came to Chattooga just two years ago. The first year was an adjustment period. Mariah took what was learned from the 2010-11 season and helped make it all work this past year.”
“She can wear a lot of hats for us,” said GNTC head coach Jim Williams. "That solid and confident character is something that can only help us go even farther.”
Parks, a 5-4 guard, will be looking to fill the shoes of the graduated Mia Morrow at the point. She led the Lady Dragons to a third place finish in Region 7-AA in the 2011-12 season by averaging 24 points a game. She also earned All-Region honors as a senior.
The recent Pepperell graduate held four different records in track for the Lady Dragons before giving that up to concentrate on basketball. She finished her high school hoop career with 1,055 points, which is among the most in school history.
“Kiarra brings solid experience from the backcourt,” said Williams. "This is a family committed to doing what it takes to succeed. Kiarra truly is carrying that torch now.”
Rockmart's Alana Jones is a 5-1 guard, known throughout the area as one of the fastest players in the game.
She averaged 15 points per game in her senior season. She also was a track star for the Lady Jackets, competing in the 400 meters and the long jump as a junior and senior.
“She’s a solid worker and has a reputation for being a great point guard,” Williams explained. "She’ll fit right in. We have a lot of speed this time around and that will help us with our defense-first attitude.”
Jones will take the torch from Lady Bobcat forward Kelsie Philpot who also came to the program from Rockmart High School just two years ago. Philpot, Morrow, Kayci McGee, and Jessica Williams are all out-going Lady Bobcats who helped the program win conference championships two years in a row.
Georgia Northwestern saw its 2011-12 season end this past March after making headlines on the national stage. The Lady Bobcats earned the NJCAA Region XVII title, as well as a birth into the NJCAA National Tournament.
Tryouts and open workouts for the 2012-13 Lady Cats are posted on GNTC.edu’s Athletics page. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Bobcats athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at (706) 764-3813 or e-mail to email@example.com.