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Basketball: Johnson leads all-county girls team
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County’s girls basketball teams made history during the 2011-12 season.

For the first time, four local Georgia High School Association squads — Forsyth Central, Lambert, North Forsyth and West Forsyth — reached the state playoffs in the same year.

Each Forsyth County team benefited from strong individual performances, and the Forsyth County News sports staff has honored 11 of those players for their efforts. This year’s All-County girls basketball team consists of a player of the year, five first team honorees and five second team selections.

Player of the Year

Christina Johnson

Sr., Lambert, F — (21.3 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, 1.9 steals per game)

Johnson’s career-best 46 points against Johns Creek early in the 2011-12 season was a preview of how her senior year would play out. Johnson averaged a double-double for the season (21.3 points, 10.7 rebounds), as she led Lambert to the first state playoff appearance in its three-year history and earned Region 7-AAAA Player of the Year honors. She will continue her career next season at (NAIA) Lee University.

All-County First Team

Kayla Richards

Sr., Forsyth Central, G-F — (16 PPG, 9 RPG, 1,282 career points)

Richards saved her best for last, recording a career-high 28 points in Central’s second round playoff loss to eventual state champion Miller Grove.

It took her only 12 games into her senior season before she recorded her 1,000th career point. She earned All-Region 7-AAAA first team honors and is a three-time All-Forsyth County team selection. Richards is committed to play at (Div. II) Columbus State University next season.

Keeley Chester

Sr., Forsyth Central, PG — (13 PPG, 6 RPG, 5 APG, 1,212 career points)

Chester scored her 1,000th career point in only the 14th game of the season.

She was named to the 7-AAAA All-Region first team and is a three-time All-Forsyth County team selection.

In her final season, she helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first state tournament victory since 1986. Chester is committed to play at (Div. II) North Georgia College & State University next season.

Kim Blake

Jr., North Forsyth, PG — (10 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG)

Blake was voted as the most valuable player by her team after a season in which North reached the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs and finished with a program-best 21 wins. Blake was named to the All-Region 6-AAAAA first team.

Jenna Thompson

Sr., West Forsyth, G — (18 PPG, 6 RPG, 4 APG)

Thompson led West to the first state tournament appearance in its five-year history.

She was named to the 6-AAAAA All-Region first team and was chosen West’s Female Athlete of the Year, as she finished her career with 943 points. She will play for Young Harris College in the fall, a program which is transitioning from NJCAA to NCAA Division II.

Kristie Mason

Sr., South Forsyth, G — (12.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 SPG)

Mason led South’s girls in scoring this season, as she eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her varsity career.

She is committed to play at (Div. II) Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mason was named to the All-Region 7-AAAA second team.

All-County Second Team

Caroline Bowns, Fr., North Forsyth, F (All-Region 6-AAAAA first team selection)

Maddie O’Connor, So., West Forsyth, PG

Ari Fouriezos, Sr., Pinecrest Academy, F

Peyton Card, Jr., Lambert, F

Avery Scarbrough, So., North Forsyth, C