Murray County High School Indians

February 8, 2014

Prep basketball: SE Whitfield boys still alive in region tourney

Southeast Whitfield High School’s boys basketball team made sure its season would continue into a new week with a victory Saturday on the opening day of the Region 7-4A tournament at Cass High School in Cartersville.

The Raiders (7-19) built a double-digit lead in the first half against Ridgeland and won 79-61 to advance to a Monday matchup with Cass, Sub-region 7A-4A’s No. 4 seed.

Southeast, the No. 5 seed from Sub-region 7B-4A, held a 16-6 lead over the Panthers — 7B-4A’s No. 6 seed — when the first quarter ended and was up 36-28 at halftime. Southeast led 61-45 entering the fourth quarter.

“It was solid defense,” Southeast coach Jim Case said. “We kind of got in a nice flow and guys were passing the ball well and looking for each other.”

It was Southeast’s third win of the season against the Panthers.

Chaz Payne and Noah Ramsey each scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Ty Pendley added 15 points and Nick Stuard scored 12. Rhett Harper finished with seven points and eight assists.

• Gilmer boys 32, Dalton 25: Trying to rest his team’s legs in the Catamounts’ fourth game in five days, coach Mike Duffie called a four corners offense to begin the third quarter.

And Gilmer’s defense sat in a zone — and waited.

Trailing 27-22 to begin the second half, Dalton (18-6) held possession for all but one second of the eight-minute quarter and scored to cut the deficit to three points.

“We held the ball for seven minutes and 59 seconds and we scored right before the quarter (ended),” Duffie said.

Gilmer’s 3-pointer to begin the fourth quarter made it 30-24, and Dalton again held the ball in the four corners offense until three minutes remained in the game.

“They just stood in a zone and let us stand out there and hold it,” Duffie said. “If you’re within two possessions, that’s close enough with three minutes left.”

Dalton missed six free throws in the first half and didn’t score on five straight possessions in the final three minutes. With the region tournament approaching, this game was less about running up and down the court and more about escaping without injuries.

“We just knew we didn’t have the legs and the energy to do that all night,” Duffie said. “We saved our legs and no injuries and now we’re ready for Tuesday.”

Braxton Thomas scored 13 points for Dalton, which is Sub-region 7B-4A’s No. 2 seed and takes on 7A-4A No. 3 seed Pickens at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Region 7-4A tournament at Cass.

Gilmer girls 63, Dalton 33: Lady Catamounts coach Lacie Coquerille played her starters in the first and third quarters, and “once it got physical, they didn’t play.

“We just have to keep Monday in mind,” she added, referring to the team’s matchup in the region tournament. The Lady Cats, Sub-region 7B-4A’s No. 4 seed, take on 7A-4A No. 5 seed Cedartown at 4 p.m.

Hannah Cox, Alex Brumbelow, Gabby Wright and Adrianna Bryant all scored six points for Dalton (10-14), which trailed 39-20 at halftime.

Murray County boys 47, Pepperell 45: Cesar Romero sank a pair of free throws after a technical foul to tie the game in the final minute and then made a shot in the paint with 11 seconds remaining to give the Indians a Region 7-2A win in their final game of the regular season.  

Romero — one of three Indians honored on senior day — finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Fellow senior Nick Stiles had 12 points on four 3-pointers, and senior Jagger Childers had eight rebounds and drew a pair of charges late in the game.

“I was real proud of our defensive effort,” Murray County coach Greg Linder said.

The Indians (4-21, 4-12) will face Morris Innovative in the first round of the region tournament at 4 p.m. Monday at Calhoun High School.

Pepperell girls 68, Murray County 50: The Lady Indians (8-17, 5-9) led 30-29 at halftime, but Pepperell outscored Murray County 22-9 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

“We played great defense in the first half, but they came out in the second half and turned it on,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said.

Senior Caitlyn Sims finished with 16 points to lead the Lady Indians, while Alex Johnson added 10. Murray County also honored seniors Holli Stanfield and McKenzie Carroll.

The Lady Indians take on Coosa at 7 p.m. Monday in the Region 7-2A tournament at Calhoun.

Adairsville boys 58, Coahulla Creek 40: Dee McCord scored 15 points for the Colts (9-16, 4-10) as they lost on the road to close the regular season.

• Coahulla Creek’s girls lost, but coach Ryan Long didn’t know the final score or have additional information about the game.

The Lady Colts finished the regular season 7-18 overall and 4-10 in Region 5-3A.

Dalton JV boys 71, Gilmer 42: Christian Bautista led the Catamounts (13-0) with 15 points, while Nick Hurt added 12 and Chase White tallied 10.

1
Text Only
Murray County High School Indians
  • DHS at SE soccer 7 mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: Unbeaten streak rolls on for Cats

    Replicating the start of last year’s Class 4A state title match, Dalton High School’s boys soccer team needed just four minutes to score its first goal at Southeast Whitfield on Friday.
    The Catamounts scored five more — and again defended their crown of dominance in the sport.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: Bruins power past Cats for key victory at home

    TUNNEL HILL — Similar to Wednesday’s Sub-region 7B-4A baseball series opener at Dalton High School, Northwest Whitfield fell behind early Thursday versus the Catamounts.

    April 11, 2014

  • Prep Roundup: Dalton golf teams in form at Fields Ferry

    Even in wet and muddy conditions, both the Dalton High School boys and girls golf teams are sharpening their games at the right time.
    With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled in two weeks, both the Catamounts and the Lady Cats finished second during play at the Fields Ferry Invitational in Calhoun on Monday. Despite the soggy conditions, Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for medalist honors with a 2-over par 74 to lead the Cats to a 313 combined score in the six-play, four-score format. Dalton finished three strokes behind tournament winner LaFayette.

    April 8, 2014

  • Wrestler of the year 2014 2 mlh.jpg All-Area Wrestling Team and Wrestler of the Year: Winning another title was the only goal for Wheeler

    When Dalton High School wrestler Sidney Wheeler won a state title for the first time two years ago as a sophomore, he admitted he became a little complacent about what it would take to replicate the feat — perhaps not noticeably so to most observers, but enough to take success for granted. Wheeler believed it a matter of course that he would win state again, and he thought the second title would simply be the middle child in a high school three-peat.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: SE offense hot again, rolls 16-0

    Southeast Whitfield’s baseball team is back to scoring a lot of runs and winning consecutive games.

    March 27, 2014

  • Prep soccer: Morris boys earn Class 2A ranking

    It’s nothing new for a local high school boys soccer team to be among those in the eurosportscoreboard.com state rankings.
    It is new for that team to be Morris Innovative.

    March 18, 2014

  • Prep roundup: SE offense keeps foot on throttle

    As long as Southeast Whitfield High School’s baseball team continues to hit the ball and score runs the way it has so far this season, it really won’t matter what the defense does.
    Coach Brad Lofton still likes how the Raiders’ fielding is improving.

    March 11, 2014

  • NM at DHS baseball   1  mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: A little bit of momentum

    Neither Dalton High School baseball coach Shane Ramsey nor North Murray coach David Redmond has had much reason to complain about their offensive production this season.
    Defense is another matter.

    March 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • DHS wrestlers leaving 3 mlh.jpg Prep Wrestling: Later than usual, but it’s time for state

    As participants in an indoor sport, high school wrestlers don’t often have to consider the weather’s effects on their competitions.
    This year’s Georgia High School Association traditional state tournaments are an exception.

    February 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Weather still shuffling schedules

    The Region 7-4A high school basketball tournaments were pushed back to a Friday start on Tuesday.
    Region 7-2A followed suit Wednesday, but Region 5-3A is still up in the air for playing games today.

    February 13, 2014