Senior Bradley Floyd was named the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association boys All-State first team this week while junior Kori Penland was named All-State for the second straight season, being selected to the girls first team by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
Floyd was also one of just 10 Class A players named Honorable Mention by the GSWA.
The GACA girls team had not been released as of press time.
Floyd, one of the best point guards to ever play in Chickamauga, is believed to be the first boys All-State player in school history.
This means a lot to me, said the 5-foot-9 senior guard. I was shocked when I found out and didnt know what to say. Its a really great honor. I just want to thanks everyone that voted for me.
The reigning Region 6-A Player of the Year ended his senior year averaging 20.5 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals a game while shooting 37 percent from behind the arc and 84 percent at the foul line.
Head coach Ed Clendenen says while the numbers are impressive, its the things Floyd does that do not end up in the box score that tell of his true worth.
Hes been very valuable to us, Clendenen explained. Hes like a third coach on the floor. Hes a great leader and been a great example for the younger kids in the program. Hes always working hard and doing things that it takes to win. He deserves every honor he gets.
The Gordon Lee boys program had not been to the state playoffs in nearly 20 years before Floyd suited up for the Trojans. They have since been three straight years, all of which came with Floyd running the show.
That says a lot about him and his makeup and desire to succeed, Clendenen added. Im looking forward to seeing him play at the next level.
Floyd is hoping to play ball in college and is being recruited by several schools, including Bryan College, Covenant College and LaGrange College.
Penland, a 5-8 guard, was a slam-dunk choice to the five-team squad.
Her 26.4 points per game average was one of the highest in the state and she complimented it with nearly six re-bounds, four assists and three steals a game, despite usually facing defenses designed to stop her.
Sometimes it was tough, but it wasnt too bad, said the Region 6-A Player of the Year. My teammates really help me out, setting screens and things like that.
Penland was named to GACA first team and was an Honorable Mention to the GSWA team last year.
Head coach Lester Galyon said that Penlands work in the offseason, including AAU ball, pays big dividends.
Kori works harder on her game than any player I have ever coached, Galyon said. Basketball is a fair sport - the harder you work at it, the better you become. Thats why Kori is a two-time all-state player and region player of the year.
I am very glad to have her and the majority of her teammates back next year.
Many projected a rebuilding season for the Lady Trojans this past season as the team returned just one senior.
Instead Gordon Lee thrived in the underdog role, winning 20 games before being eliminated by defending state champion Southwest Atlanta Christian by nine points in the Sweet Sixteen.
We were really motivated because not a lot of people expected us to do well, Penland said.
Penland is quickly becoming a sought-after college prospect, having received offers from Division I programs Furman, Appalachian State, Murray State and Belmont. UT-Chattanooga is also highly interested in the rising senior.
Both players were also named to the Team of the Year by the Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club. Penland was named as the girls Co-Player of the Year