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College Notebook: May seeing plenty of action at South Carolina

Former Heritage girls basketball standout Jewel May is seeing an increase in her playing time at South Carolina.

The freshman pulled down a season-high five rebounds and scored seven points in a loss at Ole Miss on Jan 20.

Against No. 2-ranked Tennessee, May had three points and a blocked shot on Jan. 13.

May scored a career-high 14 points against Savannah State on Jan. 6. She is averaging 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds off the bench for South Carolina and has played in 14 games.

Burtts shines off bench

Angelique Burtts, a former Citizen Girls Basketball Player of the Year, reached double figures in Middle Tennessee's 87-53 victory at Troy on Jan. 17.

Burtts, a redshirt freshman, scored 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench for the Lady Raiders. She tied her career-high with five field goal attempts and also set career marks for 3-pointers (two) and 3-point attempts (three).

The former Lady Bulldog also had three rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal in the victory.

Riggins continues strong play

Justin Riggins, a former Rockdale standout, recorded 21 points during Northwest Shoals Community College's 106-104 win over Snead State on Jan 17. He also tallied three rebounds.

During a 106-103 victory over Bevill State-Fayette on Jan. 17, Riggins scored 11 points and added three rebounds.

The former Bulldog has played in 17 of 18 games this season with Northwest Shoals and is averaging 10.8 points and 3.0 rebounds a contest while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, including 40 percent from 3-point range.

Thomas records strong efforts for Lawson State

Salem's Joy Thomas continued to shine in her freshman season for Lawson State Community College by posting back-to-back strong efforts in Alabama Community College Conference play.

Against Wallace State-Hanceville on Jan. 21, Thomas scored 13 points and eight rebounds in a 92-76 loss, hitting 6-of-13 field goal attempts.

Thomas also scored 12 points, sinking 3-of-4 3-point attempts, in a 78-59 setback to Shelton State on Jan. 17. In the same game, Thomas' former Salem and current Lawson State teammate, Kristina Huff, had five points and four boards.

Dobbs, Cook play key roles for Truett-McConnell

Heritage's Jaquas Dobbs and Eastside's Torrio Cook played key roles in leading Truett-McConnell to a pair of victories last week.

Dobbs scored 19 points and added 13 rebounds while Cook chipped in 14 points in the Bears' 100-96 victory over Coastal Georgia.

In a win over Belmont-Abbey, Dobbs had 12 points and Cook finished with 10.

Dobbs is averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for the Bears, while Cook is averaging 6.9 points a game. Dobbs is also shooting 58 percent from the field.

Mitchell strong on boards for Agnes Scott

Rockdale product Nicole Mitchell pulled down 13 rebounds in Agnes Scott's victory over LaGrange on Wednesday.

She is averaging a team-high 11.4 rebounds a game.

Indoor track

James makes big impact

at Kennesaw State

Freshman Josh James helped Kennesaw State set a new school record in the 4x400-meter relay at the Niswonger Invitational last Saturday at Johnson City, Tenn.

The Owls finished fourth in the event with a time of 3 minutes, 21.88 seconds, a full minute under the previous school mark.

James helped lead the Heritage boys track team to the Region 8-AAAA championship last spring.

If you know of former local athlete from Rockdale or Newton counties competing on the collegiate level, we'd like to hear from you. E-mail Kristen Lofton at sports@rockdalecitizen.com.