AFTERNOON DRIVE: Chattanooga-area girls' prep basketball players to watch

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Bradley's Kimora Fields (0) has already surpassed 1,000 career points as a sophomore and was the Class 4A state tournament MVP last season.
Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Bradley's Kimora Fields (0) has already surpassed 1,000 career points as a sophomore and was the Class 4A state tournament MVP last season.

Welcome to The Afternoon Drive, where the sports staff of the Times Free Press will give you a dose of (random) sports-related information that will hopefully get you thinking about more than just what's for dinner. This information will be packed into an online list form each weekday, but the opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff as a whole.

Today's list

Times Free Press sports writer Patrick MacCoon ranks the Chattanooga area's top five high school girls' basketball players he has seen this season. FYI, he has not yet seen Cleveland guard Lauren Hurst this season.

1. Kimora Fields (Bradley Central)

The best player on the best team in the entire state certainly gets the top nod. The 6-foot sophomore forward is unstoppable in the low block, where she plays with power and control. Fields scored 35 points on 15-of-20 shooting from the field to go along with 17 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 100-64 road victory over Division II-AA's state-ranked Chattanooga Christian. Good luck to anyone trying to defend this future Miss Basketball, who is shooting 73.5% from 2-point range. By the end of her prep career she could flirt with 3,000 points and have many state titles in hand.

2. Momo Moore (Chattanooga Christian)

People around town are already chattering about how they can see Moore winning five Miss Basketball awards in her prep career. I have never seen a player as young as Momo be so advanced in their offensive game. The eighth grader can score at will with either hand driving to the hoop, while she can catch fire from 3-point range, where she already has seven games with four or more 3-pointers. By the way, her mid-range shot is already extremely advanced as well. She took over Chattanooga State's gym, averaging 25 points per game on the way to a Best of Preps tournament title and MVP award.

 

3. Aubriyana Camp (Chattanooga Christian)

The Lady Chargers are blessed with a royalty of young riches. The freshman is the energizer bunny for CCS as well as an elite defender and rebounder for her size. She has a pair of games with at least 20 points and eight steals in wins over Baylor and Signal Mountain this season. With the tools to become a lethal 3-point shooter with time and work, Camp could certainly vie for plenty of Miss Basketball awards with teammate and best friend Moore.

4. Carlee Lowry (Signal Mountain)

Lowry understands the physics of how to be a dominant athlete in many realms. The 5-foot-11 forward plays even taller than her size as she times her leaps for offensive rebounds better than any other basketball player in the area I've seen this season. She not only has good size, power and touch in the paint, but also good speed for a front court player. The state champion volleyball outside hitter is a sure-fire double-double threat any time she hits the floor. The junior star has nearly scored 30 points in half of the games for Class 3A's No. 8 ranked Lady Eagles.

5. TaTianna Stovall (Bradley Central)

Looking to help the Bearettes secure their eighth gold ball and second in a row, Stovall has been a major addition to Bradley's state title defense this season. The 6-foot-1 junior forward alters her opponents shot nearly any time they try to score on her. On three different occasions this season she has put forth a monster double-double with at least five blocked shots. Her most recent came in a thumping of McMinn County in which she finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks. Twice this season she has helped contribute to wins in which Class 4A's first-ranked Bearettes had at least 55 rebounds.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.

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