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Central's Giddens joins 1000 point club

Feb. 14—THOMASVILLE — As the Lady Jackets took down Northside in an intense region tournament play-in game, Travesha Giddens was etching her name into the Thomas County Central history books. On Tuesday night, Giddens helped push Central past the Eagles with 14 points, which catapulted her into the 1,000 point club.

"I'm very proud of her," said Central head girls basketball coach Stacy Masten. "For her to be able to do that, especially in that type of environment and that type of game where it's really intense and she still can be able to keep herself together and play well for us down the stretch."

Giddens, a senior at Thomas County Central, has had a career year in her last season as a Lady Jacket. She has averaged a double-double this year, averaging 14.2 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per game. She has proven to be a prolific scorer this season, often finishing with double digits in the scoring column. She had six performances in the regular season where she finished with 20 points or more.

Giddens was instrumental in Central's play-in win as she was the second leading point scorer and led the team in rebounds with eight. Funnily enough, despite joining the 1,000 point club, when asked what makes Giddens so valuable to the team, Masten pointed to her rebounding.

"Her tenacity that she has, especially rebounding the basketball; she does that very well," he said. "This year she had a lot of double-doubles. I think the most valuable thing she does for us is rebound that basketball. She scores points, she does all of that, which is a big big plus, but she really really rebounds that basketball really well."

Giddens has averaged eight plus rebounds since her sophomore season and this season has been her best as a Lady Jacket. She leads Central in most major stat categories, including points per game, field goal percentage, rebounds per game, blocks per game and total points with 368 on the season.