Thursday, July 31, 2008

Local girls to be showcased in basketball event

Providence Day's Janee Johnson and West Charlotte's Nikki Burton are key players on the Georgia/Lina 76ers girls' high school team playing in the Nike Nationals this week in North Augusta, Ga.

The event brings together some of the country's best girls' traveling teams and showcases some of its best high school talent.

Burton, who plays power forward for the size-challenged Lions, is a natural point guard. Johnson, a center at Providence Day, plays inside but also is allowed to shoot 3-point shots.

The 76ers team that Burton and Johnson played for lost to a team from Illinois in the Silver bracket 73-65 Wednesday. That left the team at 2-2 for the week.

NOTE: According to ESPN's national ranking, Erinn Thompson of Bishop McGuinness, a 6-3 center, is the state's top recruit. She's ranked 18th nationally and will attend Virginia.

Concord Cannon's Krista Gross, a 5-11 guard, is No. 29. She's undecided for college. Northwest Halifax center Lakeesha Daniel (undecided) is No. 73. Statesville guard Keyrra Gillespie (undecided) is No. 90.

- Langston Wertz Jr.