By dominating the glass, hitting the outside shots when they needed them and sinking free throws down the stretch, Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys basketball team got a big Sub-region 7B-4A victory Friday night in Tunnel Hill.
Three Bruins scored in double figures — with Tanner Bailey and Cyrus Addison each notching a double-double — as Northwest beat Ridgeland 64-48.
Bailey finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Addison matched Bailey’s points and pulled down 14 boards. On the outside, Levi Mosteller hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.
Northwest (9-8, 3-1) led by three at the end of the first quarter before stretching it to nine at the half with a steady pounding inside to Bailey and Addison.
“Cyrus had seven points in the second quarter and that set the tone,” Bruins coach Ryan Richards said. “We didn’t let them get any second shots either, so that gave them a lot less opportunities to score.”
Northwest kept that nine-point lead through the end of the third quarter and was 8 of 10 from the foul line in the fourth.
“Every time it seemed like we were putting them away, they would make a little run,” Richards said. “We just didn’t have an overall great game as a team, because I thought we should have closed it out earlier.”
• Northwest girls 74, Ridgeland 33: The Lady Bruins (14-3, 4-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) used their pressure defense and hot outside shooting to build an early lead and continued to roll through the early sub-region schedule. Against sub-region foes, the Lady Bruins have won by an average score of 73-32.
“We came out with the press and hit four threes in the first quarter to get it going and never really looked back after that,” Northwest coach Greg Brown said.
“We played real well. I don’t have too much to complain about.”
Northwest led 23-4 at the end of the first quarter and took a 44-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Mallory Souther led the Lady Bruins with 17 points, while Kerrigan King finished with 12.
• North Murray boys 62, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 59: In Fort Oglethorpe, North Murray let a 12-point lead disappear but never fell behind as it earned a series split with the Warriors.
The Mountaineers (12-5, 4-3 Region 5-3A) led by six going into the fourth quarter and stretched their edge to double digits before LFO came back. North Murray coach Tim Ellis said a Noah Allen 3-pointer in the waning minutes and a pull-up jumper in the lane by Hinton McConkey were key baskets late.
“We never lost the lead, and one big key to us was that they had beat us pretty handily at the beginning of the season,” Ellis said. “I have been telling the boys that game was on me. We had a good week of practice and they were pretty focused. We did a whole lot better job this time around.”
Allen led the way with 17 points, while McConkey and Alex Viars added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Warriors guard J.J. Johnson, who scored 26 points against North Murray in Chatsworth, was held to seven.
• North Murray girls 49, LFO 45: When forward Katelyn Crumbley was fouled in the fourth quarter and forced to leave the game with a bloody lip, North Murray coach Keith Robinette had to send in a player to shoot the free throws with the Lady Mountaineers trailing by a point.
Kelsey Shelton was up to the challenge.
Shelton scored seven points off of the bench and sunk both of those free throws to give North Murray the lead. The Lady Mountaineers, who had trailed 20-11 at the end of the first quarter and by five at halftime, got the win after a back-and-forth fourth quarter in which North Murray (8-11, 3-4 Region 5-3A) went 9 of 13 from the free throw line.
“We would get up a bucket by two or three and then they would tie it up,” Robinette said. “They would get up three and we would have to battle back. They definitely played with more aggression than we did and we had to settle down.”
Grace Phillips led North Murray with 12 points and Megan Pittman chipped in 11.
• Chattooga boys 68, Murray County 31: Wyatt Stuckey had seven points to lead the Indians (2-16, 2-8 Region 7-2A) in the road loss.
n Murray County girls 55, Chattooga 32: The Lady Indians took control in the second quarter from the outside to break open what had been a close Region 7-2A contest in Chattooga.
“Aubrie Osborne and McKenzie Carroll hit a couple of 3-pointers in the second quarter to kind of kick us ahead and we built on that from there,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said.
The game was tied at 8 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Indians (7-12, 4-6) had built a 46-26 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Osborne led the scoring with 14, while Carroll added 13 as nine different players scored for the Lady Indians.
• Coahulla Creek boys 61, Sonoraville 59 (OT): Blaine Williams and Dee McCord trapped a Sonoraville player and forced a turnover, and McCord scored on a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Colts the win in Varnell.
The two teams were knotted at 55 at the end of regulation.
Levi Wilson led Coahulla Creek (8-9, 3-4 Region 5-3A) with 13 points.
• Sonoraville girls 45, Coahulla Creek 37: The Lady Colts lost the lead in the fourth quarter and Sonoraville made its free throws down the stretch to win the Region 5-3A contest.
Coahulla Creek (5-12, 2-5) went into the game determined to slow down post Carrie Cheeks, who had torched the Lady Colts in the past. Packing its defense inside and daring the Lady Phoenix to win from the outside, Coahulla Creek held Cheeks to 11 points.
“They started making some shots, but we were really executing on defense,” Lady Colts coach Ryan Long said. “They made some shots and capitalized on some turnovers, but I am proud of how we executed that game. We wanted to pack it in on defense. We wanted to limit her touches and her production, and that was exactly what we did.”
Haley Reece led the Lady Colts with 14 points, while Nikki Ross added 11.
• Christian Heritage boys 59, Excel Christian 58: After allowing a seven-point lead to begin the final quarter slip away, the Lions (8-9, 1-4 Region 6-A) went to Jake Porter for last-second heroics.
Porter’s 3-point play with four seconds left was the game’s last points as Excel Christian missed its final shot.
Christian Heritage trailed 15-14 when the first quarter ended but was on top 32-25 at halftime and 47-40 entering the final period.
“We didn’t give up,” Lions coach Anthony Moseley said. “That was a big thing to me. When the other team went up, we didn’t give up.”
Porter led Christian Heritage with 15 points, Cameron Locke added 14 and Chase Tidwell had 12.
• Excel Christian girls 41, Christian Heritage 39: A 3-pointer by Excel Christian in the final 30 seconds and trouble hanging on to the next possession kept the Lady Lions (2-16, 0-5 Region 6-A) from picking up a close win at home.
The Lady Lions, who led 20-17 at halftime after trailing 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, were down 27-26 entering the final period. They had a two-point lead inside the final minute, but early on had trouble finding the basket at all.
“We had a slow start,” Christian Heritage coach Heather Lowery said. “(Excel Christian) slows things down, and we kind of fell into that a little bit. We were down 7-0 and I had to call timeout and get us refocused.”
Lowery said the Lady Lions had “some success” with their pressure defense but also struggled at the foul line, going 8-for-27.
Ashlyn Clements led Christian Heritage’s scoring with 13 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Sarah Massengale earned her latest double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
• Coosa boys 84, Morris Innovative 27: After falling behind 57-10 at the end of the first half, the host Tigers (0-18, 0-11 Region 7-2A) cut the difference in the second half.
“I was so proud of our guys and their effort in the second half,” Tigers coach Doug Peters said. “Once they calmed down, they came to life a little bit.”
• North Murray JV boys 55, LFO 38: Gage Earley scored 21 points as the Mountaineers (10-1) also got 14 points from J.T. Langford and 10 from Brody Frazier.
• North Murray JV girls 42, LFO 7: Tyree Walker’s eight-point effort led nine different scorers for the Lady Mountaineers (6-3).
• Southeast JV girls 43, Dalton 35: Mia Smith led Dalton (5-3) with 12 points. Southeast’s scorers were not reported.
• In junior varsity competition at the Murray Invitational, North Murray had several medalists.
Winning their weight class for the Mountaineers were Ethan Martin (120 pounds) and C.J. Delgadillo (138).
Cutter Black (126), Chris Brown (145) and Emmanuel Jacobo (285) placed second, while Zip Caldwell (120), Lee Norman (132) and Vincent Delgado (195) took third and Colton McCurdy (132), Jasper Pierce (138) and Tyler Mckenzie (152) were all fourth.