Coahulla Creek High School’s boys basketball team held Gordon Central to 17 points in the first half, but shot less than 50 percent at the free throw line and on layups while giving away the lead in the second half.
Still, the Colts were able to pick up their first win since before Christmas, earning a 55-52 victory in Region 5-3A competition on the road.
Dee McCord and Blaine Williams each had 11 points to lead Coahulla Creek (7-9, 2-4 Region 5-3A), which lost the lead with two minutes left in the game. The Colts led 25-17 at the half.
“We were less than perfect, so every time we did something good, we did something bad to let them catch up,” Coahulla Creek coach Matthew Queener said.
“They know how to pull out games in the end. The games that have been close, we have been able to pull all of them out except one, but we have to do a better job on free throws and layups.”
• Gordon Central girls 56, Coahulla Creek 52: The Lady Colts (5-11, 2-4 Region 5-3A) put together a 25-point fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome earlier mistakes that led to a 35-17 halftime deficit on the road.
“The first half we weren’t ready to play basketball and it showed,” Lady Colts coach Ryan Long said. “They jumped out to a big lead on us. If we could play like we did in the second half for four quarters, we could be dangerous. I was very proud of the second-half effort.”
Coahulla Creek, which trailed 17-11 after the opening period and was down 42-27 entering the fourth quarter, closed the gap to as little as three points in the final eight minutes.
“We had opportunities,” Long said. “We just put ourselves in such a hole.”
Sydney Storey’s 18-point, eight-rebound effort led the Lady Colts, while Nikki Ross had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Haley Reece added 11 points.
• Christian Heritage boys 65, Temple 53: The Lions (7-9) never trailed as they picked up a win outside of league play at home, using a strong first quarter to keep the Tigers distant the rest of the way.
Christian Heritage led 21-11 when the opening period concluded, 32-23 at halftime and 43-32 entering the fourth quarter.
“We played hard,” Lions coach Anthony Moseley said. “It wasn’t an easy game. They were very athletic. They played aggressive defense but we played great defense.”
Jake Porter scored 21 points to lead Christian Heritage, which also received a scoring boost from Cameron Locke’s 13 points.
• LaFayette boys 70, Dalton 49: The hot-shooting Ramblers dealt visiting Dalton (10-5) its first loss in three games to start the Sub-region 7B-4A schedule.
LaFayette was unhurt by its 17 turnovers as it went 8-for-10 from behind the 3-point line, while Dalton was 1-for-22. The Catamounts, who took 24 more shots from the field than the Ramblers, went 22-for-72 on field goals.
“We did everything but score,” Dalton coach Mike Duffie said. “But we didn’t shoot well, and we didn’t defend well enough. When you don’t shoot well you have to defend even better and we didn’t. We just got beat.”
LaFayette led 21-13, 39-22 and 57-34 at the quarter breaks.
Dalton was paced by Braxton Thomas (24 points, 11 rebounds), while Emier Bowman chipped in 14 points.
• LaFayette girls 46, Dalton girls 44: The Lady Cats (6-9, 0-3 Sub-region 7B-4A) rallied in the final minute but couldn’t close the gap completely as they lost on the road.
Dalton, which trailed by six points with two minutes left in the game, was down by a basket and had the ball with 15 seconds to play. But the Lady Cats — who went back and forth early with LaFayette but trailed 11-10, 24-16 and 37-28 at the quarter breaks — were unable to produce any points, missing a 15-footer with five seconds remaining.
“Early in the game, rebounding hurt us,” Lady Cats coach Lacie Coquerille said. “We gave up a lot of second-chance points in the second quarter.”
Hannah Cox led Dalton with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Sarah Hartshorn chipped in eight points.
• Dade County boys 69, Murray County 43: Cesar Romero scored 14 points in a losing effort for the host Indians, who didn’t have another player reach double-digit scoring.
Murray County (2-15, 2-8 Region 7-2A) trailed 9-5 when the first period ended and 23-16 at halftime. At one point in the third quarter, the Indians cut the deficit to three.
Then things got bad for them as Dade County went on a 20-0 run.
“We couldn’t overcome it,” Murray County coach Greg Linder said.
• Dade County girls 42, Murray County 31: McKenzie Carroll had 10 points to lead the Lady Indians (6-12, 3-5 Region 7-2A), who struggled offensively at home as their three-game winning streak ended.
Murray County trailed 8-2 after the first quarter, 18-7 at halftime and 28-18 entering the fourth quarter.
“We just couldn’t get anything to go in,” Lady Indians coach Michael Hill said. “It was just one of those nights. But Dade played real good defense, too.”
• Cartersville boys 85, North Murray 59: Down 20-4 after one quarter, the Mountaineers fought back to cut Cartersville’s lead to 36-30 at halftime in Chatsworth.
However, when North Murray’s offense went away for a long stretch in the fourth quarter, so did its hopes for a complete comeback. North Murray, which trailed 59-49 entering the final period, drops to 11-5 overall and 3-3 in Region 5-3A.
“We cut it to four points in the third quarter and then hit a major drought,” Mountaineers coach Tim Ellis said. “That was the tale of the game. But we were down six at halftime and really battled our butts off. ... We could have laid down (after the first quarter), but we didn’t. I was very proud of our kids. I like my guys and the fight they had.”
Hinton McConkey was key to the second-quarter comeback, making a trio of 3-pointers and scoring 14 of his 16 points in the game in that period.
Jordan Couch added 11 points for the Mountaineers, while Noah Allen had eight.
• North Murray did not report results from Tuesday’s varsity girls game by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Armuchee boys 79, Morris Innovative 29: The Tigers (0-17, 0-10) trailed 23-14 after the opening quarter and their hosts led 46-18 entering halftime.
“I thought we were going to stay with them for a while,” Morris Innovative coach Doug Peters said.
Justin Scott had 17 points to lead the Tigers, while Russell Burse chipped in seven.
• Dalton’s boys and girls were swept by host Rome, with the Cats falling 88-81 and the Lady Cats losing 101-69.
It was the first loss in 17 meets this season for Dalton’s boys, who were ahead by three points going into the night’s final event — the 400 freestyle relay — while the Lady Cats dropped to 10-7.
The Cats won the 200-yard medley relay as the lineup of Taylor Mathis, Austin Richard, Tanner Storey and Ethan Young turned in a state meet-qualifying time of 1 minute, 45.69 seconds.a
In individual competition, Alan Trejo and Young were double winners for Dalton. Trejo took the 200 freestyle (1:55.52) and the 500 freestyle (5:38.55), while Young won the 200 individual medley (2:05.72) and the 100 butterfly (52.59).
Mathis won the 100 backstroke in 56.75.
For Dalton’s girls, Romina Mendoza was a double winner, taking the 100 freestyle (1:02.97) and the 100 breaststroke (1:25.14).
Dalton hosts the North Georgia Regional meet this weekend.
“Hopefully our team will regroup and use this to get a little motivation,” Dalton coach Charles Todd said.
• Coahulla Creek did not report results from Tuesday’s scheduled meet at Darlington by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.