From Staff Reports
TUNNEL HILL —
Northwest Whitfield’s girls basketball team routed Tennessee’s East Ridge at home on Saturday with a 72-20 win.
The Lady Bruins (5-1) didn’t allow a single point in the second quarter and stretched their lead from 25-5 to 43-5 at halftime. In the third quarter, Northwest lengthened its grip to 61-11.
“We’re trying to push tempo,” Northwest coach Greg Brown said, “and I think we did a good job in the beginning. Even athletic teams are having a tough time running up and down the floor with us.”
Kerrigan King led Northwest with 15 points and Halle Ford added 11 points while Mallory Souther tallied 10 points.
• East Ridge boys 54, Northwest 51: The Bruins led after each quarter except the last and lost their first game of the three-game-old season.
Northwest’s Caleb Storey hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 26-21 halftime advantage and Northwest led 36-29 entering the fourth quarter. East Ridge grabbed a 39-38 lead with Kolbe King’s 3-pointer and held for the win.
Storey led the Bruins with 20 points, and Jamon Horne added 12.
• Coahulla Creek boys 41, Southeast Whitfield 34: With the scored knotted at 30 in the fourth quarter, Taylor Poteet hit a 3-pointer to give the Colts the lead for good for a win over the Raiders.
Coahulla Creek trailed by a bucket going into the fourth quarter and held the Raiders (3-4) to just four points in the fourth quarter. Blaine Williams led all scorers with 12 points, while Dee McCord added eight for the Colts (3-4). Ty Pendley scored 11 to lead Southeast, and Noah Ramsey added 10.
Coahulla Creek coach Matthew Queener said his goal was to limit the scoring of Pendley and fellow guard Rhett Harper.
“Baine and Levi Wilson played a fantastic defensive game,” Queener said. “They had the responsibilities of guarding Rhett and Ty, and they did a great job on them all night long.”
• Coahulla Creek girls 47, Southeast 36: Sydney Storey’s 18-point performance paced the Lady Colts (3-4) as they won an intracounty rivalry matchup at home, while Nikki Ross chipped in 15 rebounds and 10 points for a double-double.
“We made our free throws in the fourth quarter,” Coahulla Creek coach Ryan Long said. “That’s really what won the ball game.”
Storey went 13-for-16 from the free throw line, and each visit to the line was in the last quarter.
Haley Reece added 11 points for Coahulla Creek, while Southeast (4-4) got 18 points from Cricket Wyatt and Wendy Perez grabbed nine rebounds.
• Christian Heritage boys 71, Morris Innovative 34: Less than 24 hours after dropping a back-and-forth battle at Southeast, the Lions (3-1) rolled over the visiting Tigers (0-6) behind a 25-point effort from Jake Porter, who led all scorers.
Andrew McEntyre added 10 points for the Lions, who were up 29-15 at halftime.
Tevin Robertson led Morris Innovative with 14 points.
• Gilmer boys 63, Murray County 48: Cesar Romero’s 13 points topped the scorebook for the host Indians, who remained winless through five games.
In a late result from Friday, Murray County lost 50-39 to Chattooga in its Region 7-2A opener. Murray County was tied 12-12 after the first quarter but trailed 27-16. Romero led the Indians with 14 points.
• Gilmer girls 52, Murray County 46: The Lady Indians (2-4) kept it close at home but lost for the second time this season to the Lady Bobcats.
McKenzie Carroll’s 14 points paced Murray County, which also got 13 points from Caitlyn Sims and nine from Aubrie Osborne.
The Lady Indians’ four losses have come by a combined 17 points, coach Michael Hill said.
• Ridgeland girls 59, Christian Heritage 45: Sarah Massengale scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Lady Lions (1-5), who trailed 37-16 at halftime at home, while Ransley Defoor had 11 points.
• Northwest JV girls 66, East Ridge (Tenn.) 16: Lexi Storey and Kylee Ward each had 13 points as the host Lady Bruins remained undefeated through three games.
• Southeast JV girls 44, Coahulla Creek 23: Rana Mashburn had nine points and seven rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders (3-1) at home.
• Coahulla Creek JV boys 59, Southeast 51: Noah Morrison scored 14 points and Nathan Johnson and Alex Fisher each added 11 for the Colts (5-1). Drake Amos scored 11 to lead the Raiders, and Keaton McCutchen added 10.
• Murray County JV boys 33, Gilmer 30: Tucker Humble scored 10 points as the host Indians won for the first time in four games to start the season.
• Bradley Central (Tenn.) freshman boys 70, Northwest 58: Grant Terrell led the Bruins (0-2) with 11 points.
• Northwest Whitfield won the Adairsville Tiger Plunge but team scores and individual results were not available.
• Southeast’s first-year squads finished at the back of the pack at the seven-team Chiefs and Grizzlies Invitational, which was hosted by Sequoyah and Creekview at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center.
Cherokee, Lambert, Lumpkin County and Woodstock also participated.
No Southeast swimmers placed, with the best performances heat victories by Christian Hernandez (boys 50-yard freestyle, 27.59 seconds) and Lauren Thomas (girls 100 breaststroke, 1:44.2).
• Northwest finished second at Dade County High School’s Brett Warren Invitationa. Chattanooga’s Baylor won the traditional tournament with 238.5 points, well ahead of Northwest (173), Gordon Lee (158) and LaFayette (155.5) in the 16-team field.
Northwest’s Alex Reynolds won the 145-pound weight class, while the Bruins’ Dillan Darrah took second at 170. Bryan Gimby (113), Justin Palmer (120), Timmy Peters (132), Austin Taylor (160) and Jordan Pittman (182) each finished third, while Blake Hayes (126) and Dylan Pittman (138) were fourth.
Murray County also competed, with Domingo Bautista (113) the lone medalist for the Indians.
Dalton was scheduled to compete at the tournament but did not report results by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Austin Allen picked up the first tournament title of his high school career as Southeast finished eight out of 16 teams at Woodstock’s Wolverine Invitational.
Allen, a senior 182-pounder, remained undefeated through 24 matches to start the season.
Noah Bartenfield (106) and Omar Ruiz (126) added fourth-place finishes for the Raiders — Ruiz suffered his first losses of the season — while Chris Rosas (120) and Ismael Sandoval were each fifth.
• Coahulla Creek finished fourth out of six teams at Oglethorpe County’s traditional tournament, with eight Colts placing in the top three of their weight classes.
Gaspar Andres (113) and Labron Kendrick (145) took first, while Juan Lee (120), Jacob McClure (138) and Christian Castro (220) each finished second. Levi Kinsey (106), Alan Caro (170) and Zion Hester (195) were third.