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Three area hoop players sign scholarships

May 14, 2007

 Undated - Lee County forward Brad Giddens wasn't a flashy player with the region champion Trojans basketball team.

Giddens was the consumate team player who did what ever it took to help his team to victory.

Giddens though got a chance to show his basketball talents in a workout at Brewton-Parker College.

The Barons coaching staff were so impressed, they offered Brad a scholarship.

Brad signed that college scholarship Monday afternoon at Lee County High School.

Giddens high school coach Greg Freeman says Brad played an integral role in the Trojans region title and that Brad will be a key player at Brewton-Parker as he gets bigger and stronger.

Dougherty High forward Tamera Washington is another example of making the most of your opportunity.

Washington was a reserve for Charlene Jackson's Lady Trojans team when the season started.

An injury to a teammate bumped Washington into the starting lineup.

And when that happened, Dougherty's season turned around with the Lady Trojans winning the region title.

Washington's rebounding and shot blocking abilitiy was also noticed by college recruiters.

Tamera Washington will play next season at Fort Valley State after signing a scholarship with the Lady Wildcats.

Tamera's father Tim was a star at Albany High and the two both wore the same number in high school.

Over in Edison, Darton College coach Laura Blackwell landed one of the top guards in the state Calhoun County's Shannon Coleman signing to play for the Lady Cavs next season.

Shannon is the all-time leading scorer in Calhoun County history where she was a four-year starter.

 She averaged 20 points and eight rebounds a game her senior season where the Lady Cougars lost to eventual state champion Hawkinsville in the Class-A state quarterfinals.

In her sophomore season, Calhoun County finished second in the state to Terrell County.

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