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Area players sign college scholarships

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Former Riverdale girl’s basketball standout Tiayra Green signs a scholarship to Wingate.

Special Photo Former Riverdale girl’s basketball standout Tiayra Green signs a scholarship to Wingate.

One former basketball standout and two teammates highlight the first week of the spring signing period, which began Wednesday.

Also, a pair of twin tennis players also made their college decisions official.

Former Riverdale High standout Tiayra Green signed a scholarship with NCAA Division II Wingate University while Luella High teammates Amber Griffin and Britney Guy signed their letter-of-intent earlier this week.

Griffin signed with Div. I Coppin State and Guy chose Div. II Lincoln Memorial.

The Bowen twins, Kimberly and Krystal, signed scholarships with Tuskegee University in Alabama, a Div. II school that competes in the Atlanta-based Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Here is a look at each of the signees:

Tiayra Green: The 6-foot small forward who spent her sophomore season with Chattahoochee Tech College where she averaged 18.7 points per game this past season.

That total was good enough for second in the GCAA and 14th in NJCAA Division I. She also averaged 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game while shooting 42 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. She was named to the GCAA second team after the season and was honored as GCAA Player of the Week during the season.

She will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Lady Bulldogs.

Prior to CTC, she played one season at Div. I Tulsa, a member of Conference USA. She played her high school basketball at Riverdale High School in Riverdale, earning Class AAAAA all-state honors as a senior after averaging 26 points per game.

Amber Griffin: The point guard was named to the All-Southern Crescent honorable mention team after missing most of the season with an injury. During the time she played with the Lady Lions, Griffin averaged eight points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. She also averaged 1.7 steals per game. Coppin State is a Div. I school that plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Britney Guy: The Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald Henry County Player of the Year played a key role in the Lady Lions reaching the Class AAAAA playoffs. She averaged a team-leading 17.2 points, 3.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Her versatility showed in being able to play both the point and shooting guard position. She handled a lot of the team’s point guard duties when starter Amber Griffin sustained an injury during the season. Lincoln Memorial is a Div. II school in Kentucky.

Kimberly and Krystal Bowen: As the team’s Nos. 1 and 2 singles players, they’ve helped make Woodland one of Henry County’s strongest programs the past couple of years. Last season, they led the Lady Wolfpack to the Class AAAA quarterfinals and spent much of the season ranked in the top 10. This season, Woodland is 8-1-1 and finished second in Region 3A-AAAA.