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Athlete of the Week: Erica Jones, Chapel Hill
by Marcel Pourtout
January 08, 2014 10:27 AM | 2618 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After reaching the semifinals of the Class AAA playoffs last season and winning a school-record 27 contests behind a senior-laden team that saw nine players graduate, expectations were muted for the Chapel Hill girls’ basketball program coming into this year’s campaign.

However, behind the scoring efforts of senior guard Erica Jones, the Panthers have already won nine games this season, including an undefeated record through three Region 4-AAA contests, and look poised to make another strong postseason run in February.

Jones has averaged more than 20 points per contest this season is and among the top scorers in the state. She had a game-high 23 points in Chapel Hill’s 59-54 overtime victory over Alexander on Dec. 31. Jones hit a critical free throw with less than a minute left in the contest to tie the contest and send it into the extra period.

“The returning players from last year have brought back experience and leadership to teach the younger girls what it takes,” head coach Christopher Long said.

The Panthers, who have already defeated region foes Jackson-Atlanta, Douglass and Callaway by an average of 19 points this season, return to action on Friday and Saturday for two additional road contests against Haralson County and Central-Carroll, respectively.

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