Georgia Northwestern Inks GHSA Double-A Standout

“Seated center is Georgia Northwestern signee Mariah Price. The 5-foot-11 incoming freshman from Chattooga High School is part of a six- person recruiting class helping rebuild the Lady Cats after making their first-ever appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament last season. Coaches and family surround Price for the signing with the NJCAA Region XVII Champs.”

(Summerville, Georgia) – After losing four of the key pieces of a NJCAA Tournament team this past season, Georgia Northwestern continues what may be a quick rebuilding process in the signing of Chattooga High School’s Mariah Price.

The 5-foot-11 incoming freshman from Summerville, Georgia was nearly a triple-double performer for the Lady Indians throughout the 2011-12 schedule. Dropping in 11 points per game, pulling down 10 boards an outing, and dishing out eight assists every night, Price knows what it takes to be part of a rebuilding process.

This past senior season for Price saw those eye-catching stats help the GHSA Double-A power bring home a 15-11 mark on the year. Not too impressive until you realize that just one year before the Lady Indians only hit the “W” column once in a 25-game schedule. Price played a major role in that turnaround.

“She could play any position and play it well,” said Chattooga High School’s second-year Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Billy Martin. “We made some big changes to the style of play when I came to Chattooga just two years ago. The first year was an adjustment period. Mariah took what was learned from the 2010-11 season and helped make it all work this past year.”

With Georgia Northwestern rebuilding their team from 2011-12, Lady Cats Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams values what Price brings to the table. “She can wear a lot of hats for us,” said the third-year head coach at Georgia Northwestern. “That solid and confident character is something that can only help us go even farther.”

Price is in good company when it comes to the student-athletes Williams has inked this off-season. Joining her this fall will be prep standout guards Alana Jones (Rockmart), Kiarra Parks (Pepperell), and Alyssa Nichelson (Creekview). Joining Price at the post will be fellow forwards Sierra Smith (Armuchee) and Terika Mostella (Cartersville).

“We only had a couple of seniors on my team this past season and we worked hard to do what we were asked to do; whether we were up or down, home or on the road,” said Price. On the road is where Price made a name for herself this season. Among the standout performances away from Chattooga’s War Lodge was a season-high 29 point performance at Gordon Central to bring in one of Chattooga’s 15 wins in the campaign.

Georgia Northwestern saw its 2011-12 season end this past March making headlines on the national stage. The Lady Cats earned the NJCAA Region XVII title, as well as a birth into the NJCAA National Tournament. One week later, the Lady Cats fell on the road to the nation’s sixth-ranked team in Montgomery-Rockville (MD). A win would have landed Georgia Northwestern in its first-ever NJCAA Elite Eight appearance in school history.

Tryouts and open workouts for the 2012-13 Lady Cats are posted on GNTC.edu’s Athletics Page. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

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