TIFTON — As football segues into basketball, former Tift County standouts are showing their skills on the court.
Former Blue Devil Preston Horne helped Virginia Tech to a 71-66 upset of No. 3 Michigan State Monday in the Maui Invitational. Horne had 12 points and a team-leading seven rebounds. The Hokies led 32-28 at halftime.
Horne gave Virginia Tech the lead for good at 43-42 when he made a three-pointer midway through the second half.
A junior, Horne averaged 9.8 points per game through Monday, with a high of 14 points against Lehigh Nov. 16.
Virginia Tech played Dayton Tuesday in the Invitational and will play against an opponent to be determined today. They will host No. 1 Duke Dec. 6.
Tyrie Jackson is making a home for himself at East Carolina. Jackson, who signed with Virginia Tech in high school, transferred to Northwest Florida State College before landing with the Pirates.
Jackson’s already shown the shooting skills that got him noticed as a Blue Devil. He hit 20 points against Rice last Sunday. ECU goes to James Madison Saturday at 4 p.m.
Dail Adaway continues her career at Georgia College. She scored 11 points in a 57-51 victory over Albany State Monday, with nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Her points production tied her career high. This is Adaway’s fourth season at Georgia College.
Joslyn Reyes has also seen the floor in one game for Georgia College this season.
Micah Johnson is another Blue Devil who landed on a new roster this season. Johnson plays for Berry College after stints at Alabama State and Indian River (Fla.). He has started every game for the Vikings and had a 20-point outburst against Emory earlier this month.
Johnson and Berry will be at Ferrum (Va.) today before hosting Toccoa Falls Dec. 3.
At Albany Tech, Jemarquis (J.J.) McClain is a regular in the lineup. Known as a defender for Tift County, McClain has been pulling down his share of rebounds for the Titans, with a season high of eight against American Basketball Institute.
Moneisha Goldsborough is a senior at Augusta College. Goldsborough took a medical redshirt in 2018-19, but has still not seen the court this season. In 2017-18, she started nearly every game for the Lady Jaguars and led the team in blocks.