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Bear Creel girls bring home title

POSTED: February 22, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy Ysheena Lyles/

Antoria Johnson (left) and Latrice Perkins (right) stand with Coach Lyles (middle).

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The Bear Creek Middle School Lady Grizzlies captured the Northeast Georgia League basketball championship for the 2014 season with a 36-30 win over the Westside Middle School Lady Huskies.

The championship capped off an incredible 12-2 season that saw the Lady Grizzlies lose two early-season games against Russell Middle and Malcom Bridge Middle School in Oconee County.

The Lady Grizzlies were led by Latrice Perkins who averaged more than 15 points and five rebounds per game playing post and guard. Perkins was joined by point guard Antoria Johnson, who averaged 10 points per game and added at least five assists each contest.

Power forward Shonteria Harris averaged seven rebounds per game and played a key role inside preventing teams from getting second looks at the goal.

"My starting five were pretty awesome altogether," Bear Creek girls’ coach Ysheena Lyles and seventh grade teacher said.

That formidable five was rounded out by Destiny Destiny Nesbitt and DaJanae Johnson.

"They are all eighth graders, and I am going to miss them tremendously," Lyles added. "Everyone on the team were major contributors."

The Northeast Georgia League is made up of Bear Creek Middle, Westside Middle, Russell Middle, Haymon Morris Middle, Malcom Bridge Middle and Oconee Middle.

The school hosted a pep rally on Feb. 18 to honor their championship team, although the festivities had originally been planned for Valentine’s Day but had to be rescheduled due to the wintry weather that shut down much of the state.

The school presented the team with a championship banner at the pep rally and honored their most recent championship team with a celebration fitting the tournament title, even if it did come a little bit late.



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