MONROE, Ga. — The George Walton Academy girls basketball team stepped up in class and beat Jackson County 37-18 Friday night.

The Bulldogs led 8-6 at the first quarter break but jumped to a 21-8 lead at halftime.

GWA was up 28-13 at the final break.

George Walton freshman Leila Mathis scored 10 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore Catherine Atkinson had 8 as the Bulldogs improved to 1-1.

Katie Hitt scored 4 points to lead Class 5A Jackson County (0-2).

GWA boys 69, Jackson County 47

The George Walton boys made it a sweep Friday night with a 69-47 victory in the Bulldogs’ home opener.

GWA led 15-8, 20-11 and 50-34 at the quarter breaks.

Reese Gelsthorpe, a junior, scored 16 points including two 3-points to lead the Bulldogs (1-1).

Seniors Noah Hicks and Kennedy Johnson each had 13 points with Johnson also scoring a pair of treys. Junior Chase Jocelyn scored 11.

Bryce Blake, a 6-foot-5 senior, paced Jackson County (0-2) with 22 points.

Loganville boys 56, GWA 40

At Loganville, the host Red Devils opened the season Tuesday night with a 56-40 victory over George Walton Academy.

Loganville jumped to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as the 5A school beat its in-county Class A Private rival.

The Red Devils led 34-22 at halftime and 44-31 at the end of the third.

Senior Chris Dorbor scored 18 points, including 6 in the first quarter, to pace Loganville. Seniors Nahom Sehaye and Avery Hamliton seach scored 10.

Gelsthorpe scored 13 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead GWA. Hicks scored 10 and Jocelyn 8.


Greg Yarman is an educator in Walton County and a correspondent for The Walton Tribune.

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