From Staff Reports
North Murray High School’s girls basketball team was victorious at home Friday against a “tough” Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe squad.
The Lady Mountaineers won 55-42 after leading the Lady War-riors at the close of each quarter in the Region 5-3A matchup in Chatsworth.
Kara Deal led North Murray (2-2, 1-0) with 21 points, while Grace Phillips added 16 points.
North Murray led 16-15 entering the second period and 33-20 at halftime. LFO clipped North Murray’s lead to 44-36 entering the final quarter, but the Lady Mountaineers made 16 of 25 free throws in the game and 5 of 6 in the fourth quarter to secure a win.
“We played hard,” said North Murray coach Keith Robinette, who characterized the Lady Warriors as “tough.” “I’ve got some girls who play real hard. We have to play better fundamentally. That’s my job. It was an attack-the-rim kind of night. They tried pressuring us up the court and we had some dribble-drives to the basket.
“... That was a pretty good LFO team.”
• Northwest boys 86, Cass 49: Caleb Storey had 24 points and Andy Whisenant added 13 as the Bruins won on the road for their second straight victory to start the season.
Northwest, up 38-24 at halftime, stretched its lead to 69-37 entering the final quarter.
“It was just a slow start for us and they had a hot start,” Bruins coach Ryan Richards said. “We just kept wearing them down and making adjustments as the game went on. We still have guys feeling out roles. We just stuck with the game plan and started clicking.”
Nick Bramblett added 10 points for Northwest, while Landon Cable chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds.
• Northwest Whitfield girls 54, Cass 32: Halle Ford led the Lady Bruins (4-1) with 13 points, six assists and five steals as Northwest raced to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and a 49-18 edge entering the final period.
Mallory Souther added 11 points, while Mary Kate Allen had a team-best 10 rebounds.
• Murray County girls 64, Chattooga 38: Caitlyn Sims’ 25-point performance led Murray County (2-3, 1-1 Region 7-2A) as it cruised to a region win at home.
McKenzie Carroll and Aubrie Osborne each chipped in nine points, while Alex Johnson turned in a strong defensive effort with 10 rebounds and seven steals.
Murray County never trailed, turning a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 35-17 edge at halftime. The margin was 59-26 entering the final period.
• LFO boys 73, North Murray 49: Jordan Couch and Noah Allen each scored eight points to lead the Mountaineers, who fell to 4-2 as they dropped their Region 5-3A opener.
Trailing by 18 points in the first half, North Murray cut the deficit to 37-31 just before halftime, but LFO forced a turnover and scored at the buzzer for an eight-point halftime advantage. In the second half, LFO started with a 10-2 run and North Murray never threatened again.
• Sonoraville boys 86, Coahulla Creek 64: Dee McCord led the Colts (2-4, 0-1 Region 5-3A) with 12 points, while Tyler Phillips and Taylor Poteet each added 10.
Sonoraville shot 52 percent from the 3-point line and led 41-33 at halftime and 65-49 entering the final period.
• Sonoraville girls 70, Coahulla Creek 35: Against the reigning Region 5-3A champs, the Lady Colts (2-4, 0-1) hung tough for a quarter, trailing 16-10 entering the second period. That deficit stretched to 43-19 by halftime, though.
Haley Reece had nine points and Syndey Storey added seven points for the Lady Colts, who trailed 60-28 entering the final period.
• Coosa boys 96, Morris Innovative 21: The Tigers (0-5, 0-3 Region 7-2A) are still seeking their first varsity win in program history after being frustrated by Coosa’s press.
Justin Scott led the way for Morris Innovative with 10 points.
• Murray County’s varsity boys game was not complete by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Northwest JV girls 65, Cass 32: Lindsey Roberts paced the Lady Bruins (2-0) with 11 points, while McCall Carlock and Aubrey Young each finished with seven points.
• Northwest JV boys 60, Cass 51: Levi Mosteller led the Bruins (2-0) with 20 points and Cyrus Addison added 10.
• North Murray JV boys 55, LFO 39: Gage Earley scored 15 points for the Mountaineers (3-0), who got 11 points from Brody Frazier.
• Southeast JV girls 35, Christian Heritage 32: Lily Johnson and Jennifer Flores had eight and seven points, respectively for Southeast, and Ashlyn Clements led Christian Heritage (3-2) with 10 points, and Sydney Stafford added nine.