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Clayton State players receive Peach Belt honors

MORROW — With the Peach Belt Conference Tournament starting this week, the league handed out its annual awards.

Clayton State players brought in plenty of hardware when the all-conference team and individual awards were announced Tuesday afternoon.

Clayton State women’s player Drameka Griggs, a Jonesboro native, was named the league’s top female player, in addition to garnering first-team all-conference honors.

But she wasn’t the only one on the team or in the athletic program to garner postseason honors. Teammates Kayla Mobley, Shacamra Jackson and Kayla Pryce all received awards from the conference.

In addition, men’s player Juron Dobbs was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

Griggs is the first Clayton State player to receive the conference’s top honor. A four-time PBC player of the week recipient, she averaged 19.5 points to finish second in the league.

Mobley, a senior forward from Florida, was named to the second team after finishing the regular season as the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder.

Jackson, a junior from Marietta, received the conference’s award as the top defensive player. She is ranked seventh in the country in blocked shots and 10th in the conference in defensive rebounds.

Pryce, a freshman from Florida, was named the PBC Freshman of the Year after starting all 26 games for the undefeated Lakers. She had six double-digit scoring games for the team and third-most minutes played.

Dobbs, a four-year letterwinner, was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, making him the first in team history to receive that honor. He started all 26 games for the Lakers and usually drew the assignment of guarding the opponent’s top offensive player.

The women’s team wrapped up the regular season with a 26-0 record to capture their third straight regular season conference title. They open the conference tournament on Thursday with a 5 p.m. game against Armstrong Atlantic State at Columbus State.

The men’s team opens the conference tournament on Friday with a 1 p.m. game against top-seed USC Aiken in Columbus.