Marion County senior forward Ashley Whitley drives to the basket Saturday against Clinch County in the Georgia High School Association Class A public school girls basketball state semifinals at Valdosta State University.
Marion County senior forward Ashley Whitley drives to the basket Saturday against Clinch County in the Georgia High School Association Class A public school girls basketball state semifinals at Valdosta State University. Marcia Rodriguez Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
Marion County senior forward Ashley Whitley drives to the basket Saturday against Clinch County in the Georgia High School Association Class A public school girls basketball state semifinals at Valdosta State University. Marcia Rodriguez Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

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