Bulloch Academy seniors Danielle Atkinson and Chelsea Oglesby will get the opportunity this Saturday to step onto the basketball court one last time in their high-school careers.
They were recently selected to represent the Georgia Independent School Association in the annual Georgia-South Carolina All-Star basketball games. The Lady Gator guard and forward are two of only 12 senior girls on the Class AAA squad.
"I am so excited for Chelsea and Danielle to be able to play one last game together,” said BA head coach Paul Webb. “It is quite an honor to be chosen as one of the best 12 players in Class AAA. Both are deserving."
The annual All-Star weekend pits teams from the GISA against those of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is sponsored by the Coaches Associations of both organizations. The Class AAA girls’ game will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium of Tattnall Square Academy in Macon. There will also be Class A/AA girls’ and boys’ games and a Class AAA boys’ contest.
Atkinson and Oglesby helped lead the Lady Gators to school’s first-ever state basketball championship last weekend at Hawkins Arena on the campus of Mercer University
"Danielle made quite an impression on the coaches during the state Final Four,” said Webb. “Not only did she shut down two of the top players in the state, holding both well below their average, but she also chipped in about 12 points per game both nights.”
The defensive standout was a vocal emotional leader in the team’s historic season. The scrappy guard, who had 80 steals, epitomized the team’s hardwork and dedication that led to the 33-1 campaign.
"I am so happy for Danielle,” said Webb. “She has been such a great leader this season and has done a fabulous job, especially on defense."
She also led the team in free-throw percentage, knocking down 65 percent of her shots from the charity stripe. Atkinson scored 181 points during the season.
Oglesby was the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game for a season total of 376. She was the team’s leading rebounder (6.6 pg) and led in blocked shots (15).
"Chelsea has been so dominant all season long,” said Webb. “She was fighting illness in the Final Four but just played her heart out."