Creekview’s Nichelson Heads To Georgia Northwestern

“Incoming Lady Cat Alyssa Nichelson sits center during her signing to attend Georgia Northwestern this fall. Sitting left and right of Alyssa are her parents, Michelle and Armando. Faculty and coaching staff from Creekview High School and Georgia Northwestern stand behind her.”

(Canton, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams grabbed a gem out of the 2012 Georgia Prep Hoops signing class in the recruitment of Creekview’s Alyssa Nichelson.

The 5-foot-9 Lady Grizzly is one of four Creekview senior starters who ran rough shot through the Region 7-AAAA Tournament just three months ago; taking the region title by 19 points over Rome.

Nichelson and her senior counterparts have all signed to play college ball in the fall of 2012. The 26-4 Creekview squad would eventually fall in the state quarterfinals this season to Southwest Dekalb.

In his seventh year in Grizzly Country, Creekview Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Roger Nolan says Nichelson is perfect at getting you what you need, when you need it. “She’s a great kid. Very appreciative of everything she gets. When she plays, there’s a lot of energy on the floor,” said Nolan. “I call her the ‘anti-diva.’ No drama. Tell her something you expect one time and that’s what you get every time.”

The double-digit scorer first made her way on Georgia Northwestern’s radar at the end of her junior year. The Canton, Georgia native forced overtime against Miller Grove in a GHSA Sweet 16 match-up with a long-range three-pointer with just seconds to spare. “It’s my favorite moment from my time here at Creekview,” said Nichelson. “I’m really excited about going to Georgia Northwestern. Coach Williams is a lot like Coach Nolan. You want to play hard for them.”

The Creekview graduate will be one of several new Lady Cats helping fill key voids in a Georgia Northwestern line-up from 2011-12 which took them all the way to a NJCAA region title and a trip to the National Sweet 16 round of the NJCAA post-season tournament.  “She plays fundamental basketball and goes baseline to baseline all game long,” said Williams. “She plays inside and outside. She’s physical enough to do it. She doesn’t look like it on the outside. But that’s exactly what she is. She’s a gamer.”

Nichelson is the daughter of Michelle and Armando Nava. “She has worked hard for everything she has earned,” said Mrs. Nava. “She’s interested in getting into a nursing program. Georgia Northwestern has one. And now, she gets the chance to go after her career and play basketball at the next level.” Nichelson has one brother, Chris.

Georgia Northwestern saw its 2011-12 season end this past March. Their NJCAA Region XVII title earned them a birth on to the national stage. 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 will be posted in the near future on’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

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.