Murray County

December 9, 2012

Prep roundup: Raiders rally for first hoops win

VARNELL — The only lead change of the night resulted in the first win of the season for the Southeast boys basketball team.

The Raiders did not lead Saturday’s game against Coahulla Creek until the final seconds, but that was all that was needed.

Zack Ramsey sank a baseline jumper with 16 seconds remaining in the game to cap visiting Southeast’s fourth-quarter rally for a 41-39 win against Coahulla Creek. In the girls game, Southeast continued its winning streak with a 51-31 victory.

The Raiders (1-7) scored more points in the fourth quarter than they did through the first three. Trailing 30-20 entering the final period, Devin Gentry sandwiched two baskets around a jumper from Bryce Middlebrooks, and Ramsey made a 3-pointer and one of two free throws to trim the Colts’ (0-3) lead to 33-30 just 90 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Raiders tied the game 39-39 with 58 seconds remaining and regained possession after a missed free throw. Southeast coach Jake Dickey called a timeout to set up the Raiders’ final possession.

“We were looking to try and feed it to our post,” Ramsey said, “but the defense was in front of our post and we couldn’t get it to him. I saw an opening. I went around a screen.”

After Ramsey’s score, Coahulla Creek called timeout with 7.2 seconds left and prepared a final play.

“We did get it in to the guy (Hunter Williams) we wanted to,” Colts coach Matthew Queener said. “We wanted to get it in and go for the tie, but Southeast did a good job of denying that. By the time we got the ball in there, all we could do is shoot the 3.”

Williams’ game-winning 3-point attempt was off and Southeast’s Gavin Hill grabbed the rebound and held on as the clock expired.

“I was most proud of the way we didn’t give up,” Dickey said. “It seemed like we were down and couldn’t make a shot to save our lives.”

Middlebrooks was filling in at point guard for Josue Quintero, who Dickey said missed the game for personal reasons. Quintero is Southeast’s leading scorer, but Middlebrooks did just fine with a team-high 12 points. Chaz Payne added eight points and seven rebounds for the Raiders.

Coahulla Creek’s Michael Ward scored a team-high 12 points, eight coming in the first quarter as the Colts took a 12-6 lead. Jordan Tant added 11 points and eight rebounds and Cordarius Tarver chipped in eight points and six boards.

“Coach Dickey and myself had looked forward to this game because we knew it was a good matchup,” Queener said. “It just came down to execution at the end.”

n Southeast girls 51, Coahulla Creek 31: The Lady Raiders (3-4) did not shoot as well from 3-point range as they did in their win over Christian Heritage the night before, but the Lady Colts (0-4) struggled more from the free-throw line.

Sydney Covington made the game’s only 3-pointer, but the Lady Colts finished 16 of 32 from the line.

The Lady Raiders led 6-4 after the first quarter and 11-7 a few minutes into the second period but scored 10 straight before Macey Fossett made one of two free throws for the Colts to break the run. Southeast, which has won three in a row, led 23-12 at halftime and 40-18 after three quarters.

“Every game is different,” said Southeast coach Michael Durham, whose team made seven 3-pointers Friday. “We didn’t make the outside shots like we did (Friday) night, but fortunately we still got some good shots inside and made a few of them.”

Sophomore Crickett Wyatt again had a big game off the bench, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Covington finished with nine points while Megan Collins had a game-high 14 points along with seven rebounds.

Coahulla Creek’s Jamie Steadman scored a team-high eight points. Nikki Ross grabbed 13 rebounds.

“We didn’t match their intensity level in the first half,” Lady Colts coach Ryan Long said.

n LaFayette girls 62, Christian Heritage 37: The Lady Generals started out on an 8-0 run and Christian Heritage (1-6) could never recover in the loss on the road.

Sarah Massengale led the Lady Lions with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Jordan Suddath had 14 points and six rebounds.

“They are just very quick and get the ball out and go,” Christian Heritage coach Heather Lowery said of LaFayette. “I thought we played pretty good defense overall, but we didn’t do a very good job of rebounding and gave up way too many second-chance baskets.”

n The Christian Heritage-LaFayette boys basketball game was canceled after a backboard was shattered in pre-game warmups.

n Gilmer boys 62, Murray County 52: Brady Todd scored 13 points, and Jake Ice and Matthew Corbin each tallied 11 as the Indians (3-4) could not complete the comeback.

Murray County led 17-13 after the first quarter but trailed 31-28 at halftime and 47-46 entering the final quarter. The Indians tied the game early in the period but the Bobcats went on a run and held a six-point lead.

“I think we cut it back to four one more time,” Murray County coach Greg Linder said. “Then it became a free-throw shooting contest. They hit their free throws, and we did not.”

n Gilmer girls 39, Murray County 24: Shea Pendley and Ashlee Strong each had seven points in a rough shooting night for the Lady Indians (3-4).

“We couldn’t throw it in the ocean tonight,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said. “They weren’t scoring either and then started hitting some shots at the end and pulled away.”

The Lady Indians led 9-6 after the first quarter but only scored two points in the second period and trailed 14-11 at halftime.

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