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Farmers & Merchants Bank Prep Athletes of the Week
Boys: Albright continues to shine; Girls: Eason key in PHSs 3-0 start
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Kanesha Eason

    For Antrjuan Albright — it's all good.
    Coming into Tuesday night, Albright had 74 points in his first three games. Not a big deal considering over a three-game stretch his sophomore year he put up 104.
    The senior guard for Screven County is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,182 points — and the digits just keep racking up. The 6-foot-1 pure shooter can hit from anywhere on the court.
    "He's been starting since his freshman year," said Screven coach Arthur Davis. "He's a pure shooter. In the past his ball-handling was suspect, but now he's improved that. He's (Division) I-type guard."
    Albright is shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc coming into Tuesday night and 56 percent overall in 81 career games.
    "He's a good kid," said Davis. "He makes good grades and does things in the community. He kind of leads by example. He will get in there if he feels he has to, but mostly he leads by example."
    Albright and the Gamecocks will be back in action when they travel to Portal Saturday.

Eason key contributor for Panthers

   After a disappointing season in 2006, the Portal Lady Panthers have kicked off ’07 with a three-game winning streak, and Kanesha Eason has averaged around eight points a game during the run. Tuesday against Southeast Bulloch, she made her seven points count.
    Trailing by six with 2:45 to play, Eason was fouled as she sank a layup. After converting the three-point play, teammate Sacona Sheffield knotted it up with a 3-pointer.
    With 1:27 remaining and the game tied at 27, Eason stole it away from the Lady Jackets and brought it back down the court for the Panthers. Another foul put her on the line with the game tied. She sank both free throws to give PHS a lead that would hold tight until the final buzzer.
    “Kanesha has had a good season so far,” said Panther coach Earl Donaldson after the 31-29 win at SEB. “It was good to see her come through in a pressure situation. She made a difference out there for us tonight.”
    Eason also grabbed five rebounds in the winning effort.
    Having started the season at 3-0, Portal has matched its win total from the 2006-07 season. Eason and the Panthers look to continue the winning streak on Saturday when they travel to Screven County for a 6 p.m. non-region contest.