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FIVE GIRLS PLAYERS TO FOLLOW

Photo by Derrick Mahone
While helping Jonesboro to the Class AAAA semifinals this past season, rising senior Briana Benson averaged 15.7 points.

Photo by Derrick Mahone While helping Jonesboro to the Class AAAA semifinals this past season, rising senior Briana Benson averaged 15.7 points.

Here is a look at some girls players in the Southern Crescent that could emerge as the best in the area:

Briana Benson, Jonesboro: Benson leads a talented returning cast of Lady Cardinals. The rising senior averaged 15.7 points and seven rebounds a game last season and was first-team all-Southern Crescent. The 5-foot-8 shooting guard is balanced offensively, able to penetrate as easily as she can shoot from long range.

Domonique Clune, Dutchtown: Playing out of position, Clune averaged 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds a game last season for the Lady Bulldogs. With an offseason spent honing her ball-handlling skills, Clune is arguably Henry County’s top player and the driving force behind Dutchtown’s quest to return to the state tournament.

Kimberly Dawkins, Jonesboro: Dawkins was last season’s most impactful transfer. She helped Lovejoy make the playoffs her sophomore season (while Jonesboro stayed home) then emerged as a force at Jonesboro last season, averaging 10.1 points and 14.2 points a game. At 6-foot-1, Dawkins’ inside presence is one reason Jonesboro is on the shortlist of true state title contenders. She had a team-high 15 points in the Lady Cardinals semifinals loss last season.

Moneshia Dyer, Mundy’s Mill: Brianna McQueen got much of the attention last season, but Dyer was one of the area’s top point guards, averaging 12 points a game and earning second team all-Southern Crescent honors. With McQueen’s graduation, it’s Dyer’s show now, and the rising senior could be poised for a breakout season.

Kayla Potts, Forest Park: The only rising junior on this list, Potts missed virtually all of last season after tearing her ACL and she won’t be back until probably December. But there isn’t a point guard in the Southern Crescent with Potts’ combination of poise and skill. As a freshman, she played like the Lady Panthers’ best player at times during their run to the state finals. As a junior, she could emerge as one of the best players in the state.