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December 17, 2013

Turner Rebels expect to contend again

TIFTON — The Turner County Rebels are back again. A year after sweeping the Region 2-A crowns and sending both teams to the state quarterfinals in basketball, they are well on their way to another excellent year. They have already swept Echols, Wilcox and Warner Robins in games.

The Lady Rebels have had a near complete overhaul of their starting lineup The only returner is sophomore guard Mylashia Yancey. She has been their scoring ace so far, averaging 17.7 points per game.

The other four spots have gone to veterans of last year's team. Junior center Taylor Daniels has improved her post game and rebounding abilities, sophomore forward Brishuana Barnes is playing significant minutes. Then, there are senior guard Keyanna Dawson is said to be a defensive stalwart, causing turnovers and sophomore guard Xariah Office, who is also playing good defense.

Newcomers to the team include sophomore Kaneshia Gilbert and juniors Cornesia Greene and Breanna Galmer.

During summer camps, the Lady Rebels had a winner record against some very tough teams and despite all the changes, head coach Tasha Kimble expects them to be contenders again.

In contrast, Tyrone Kellogg's Turner boys will be returning many of the same players from last year's season. Starters Shaquille Baldwin, Nate Martin and Jackquise Moore are back. Kellogg said he expects Martin to be his team leader and Baldwin to be the year's breakout player.

Also in blue and orange again this year are seniors Antonio Graddic and Malik Brown. There will be some new blood for the Rebels with Briand Wynn, Cederick Legget, Iman Holley and Tamarrion Terry. Terry, the only freshman of the group, projects as a post. Wynn has been out of action since breaking his nose.

Kellogg's aim to to run at a fast pace, utilizing his deep bench to keep things fresh. Like Kimble, he also sees them as contenders for the region crown, with a state playoffs push in their future.

Turner played Irwin County Tuesday night. Friday, they play Portal at home and will be at Clinch County on Saturday.

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