TIFTON -- Familiar faces will be all over the court Tuesday night when the Abraham Baldwin Stallions and Fillies begin their 2005-06 basketball seasons.

The Fillies and Stallions will face off against the junior varsity teams from Brewton-Parker Tuesday. Coach Julie Conner's Fillies will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by coach Todd Sheppard's Stallions at 7:30 p.m.

Both ABAC teams will have a number of players that should be recognizable for fans of high school basketball in the Tiftarea.

Among the freshmen Fillies this season are 2005 All-Tiftarea Player of the Year Turrelle Jones of Cook High School, as well first team All-Tiftarea performer Natavia Jackson of Fitzgerald High. Besides those two names, the Fillies will also feature Ashley Stewart of Berrien High, who was an honorable mention All-Tiftarea pick last season.

"We love to get local players. It shows we have a lot of talent in the South Georgia area," Conner said. "It is great when fans can come to our games and see faces they recognize from local high schools."

The ABAC coach added that Jones, Jackson and Stewart are all "freshmen that will make an impact this season. We were lucky to get them."

While not all of them are freshmen, Sheppard's Stallions will also have several new faces with local connections this season.

The two biggest newcomers are former Tift County Blue Devils Stanley Brownlee and Thomas Hightower. Brownlee is back in Tifton after playing at Jones County (Miss.) Community College last year. Hightower redshirted at Seminole (Fla.) Community College.

That duo helped lead the Blue Devils to the state championship game in 2004.

Other players from the Tiftarea on the Stallion roster include Cook High alum Michael Sapp, as well as Worth County products James Williams and Sam Tolbert.

While he did not play his high school basketball in the Tiftarea, the Stallions will also have Colquitt County's John Michael Hall, a name familiar to fans of Tift County basketball.

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