Golden Hawks are fun to watch

dshirley@macon.comMarch 9, 2012 

The Washington County girls basketball team and its fans likely have been pointing to this week for a year.

It’s the Golden Hawks chance to shine.

Their chance to show off their talents.

Their chance to repeat.

And if you’re a basketball fan in Middle Georgia, it’s a chance to see something special.

The Golden Hawks are undefeated this season, and they have won their past 62 games overall. If they can get to 64, they will raise another GHSA Class AAA championship trophy Saturday night.

It’s a special team led by a special player in Allisha Gray, who is one of the best players in the state and the entire country. Gray is an extremely talented player who can do a little bit of everything to help her team win.

She’s dynamic, fun to watch and fundamentally sound all at the same time. And she will be worth the cost of admission to the Macon Coliseum this week.

The Golden Hawks take on North Hall at 4 p.m. on Friday. If they win that game, they will play the winner of Friday’s other semifinal, between Columbia and Westside-Augusta, in Saturday night’s championship game.

And while Gray, who has been named Washington County’s first Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year, is the undeniable star for the Golden Hawks and head coach Sug Parker, she isn’t the only star.

There is talent all around her in Sheirkerriea Nelson, Imani Simmons, Shon Kitchens, Kala Brown and more.

Behind those players, the Golden Hawks have won all 30 of their games by double figures. Think about that for a second. That’s the epitome of dominance.

In the playoffs, they have knocked off Eastside, Westover and Monroe by a combined 63 points while North Hall has won its three by 21 points.

It wouldn’t be a big surprise if the Golden Hawks win Thursday and then win again Saturday to claim their second straight title. That’s exactly what the team and its fans have been looking forward to all season.

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