Calhoun High School’s girls basketball team made its shots.
The Lady Catamounts lost 68-33 to the Lady Yellow Jackets in Satur-day’s championship at LaFayette High School’s Medi-Thrift Phar-macy Holiday Classic. In a pair of fifth-place games at the tournament, Dalton’s boys beat Ridgeland and North Murray’s girls topped Coosa.
Hannah Cox scored 13 points for Dalton’s girls, who trailed 15-10 after the opening quarter against Calhoun. But the Lady Yellow Jackets scored 22 points in the second quarter for a 37-18 halftime lead, and that stretched to 52-24 after three quarters.
“We shot the ball very poorly,” Dalton coach Lacie Coquerille said, “and they shot the ball extremely well.”
The Lady Cats (6-4) shot 26 percent from the field for the game, said Coquerille, who added that Calhoun made more than half of its attempts.
“Defensively, we kind of played in shock,” she added.
“Once they got a lead, we never took it back to them. ... We played very intimidated.”
It was the second top-three finish at a holiday tournament in as many weeks for Dalton, which took third last weekend at North Murray’s Alfa Insurance Mistletoe Madness.
• North Murray girls 54, Coosa 33: Kara Deal led the Lady Mountaineers (6-7) with 13 points, while Grace Phillips contributed 12 as they secured fifth place in the eight-team tournament.
North Murray led 8-7 at the end of the opening period but built its lead the rest of the way. The Lady Mountaineers — who played three games in three days for the first time this season — were up 20-12 at halftime and 37-22 at the third quarter’s close.
“In this tournament, it seems like we’ve started slow in all our games,” North Murray coach Keith Robinette said. “In the third and fourth quarters, we tend to be settled in and playing with a little more urgency. We need to get out that habit, though. I need them playing well out the gate.”
After struggling with free throws in the first quarter, the Lady Mountaineers were better the rest of the way, Robinette added.
• Dalton boys 74, Ridgeland 64: Despite what coach Mike Duffie called “a tremendously bad shooting night” — the Cats (6-4) took 84 shots to their opponents’ 46 — Dalton still managed to win thanks to a lot of hustle.
Dalton, which finished the game with 32 offensive rebounds, led 38-28 at halftime against Ridgeland, a fellow Sub-region 7B-4A team. The lead stretched to 58-43 by the third quarter’s end.
“We just shot and shot and shot, and not even until we made it,” Duffie said. “The good part was we were hustling for the boards and getting rebounds. The bad thing was we weren’t consistent finishing plays.”
Emier Bowman and Lyle Durham each had double-double performances with 14 points and 17 rebounds and 10 points and 14 rebounds, respectively. Braxton Thomas led with 22 points, while Jeffrey Brown chipped in 12.
• Northwest Whitfield boys 90, Loudon (Tenn.) 59: All 10 players in the lineup scored for the Bruins as they bounced back from an opening-round loss at the Midway (Tenn.) Christmas Classic and secured a spot in the tournament’s fifth-place game.
Caleb Storey led the way with 17 points, while Aaron Ball added 13 and Walker Maret finished with 12. Caleb Branson chipped in nine points and eight assists for Northwest (6-6), while Tevin McDaniel had eight points and seven assists.
Northwest coach Ryan Richards said starters Tanner Bailey and Andy Whisenant were out of the lineup due to illness.
The Bruins overcame a 20-18 deficit at the end of the first quarter to lead 45-35 at halftime and 68-44 entering the final period. Northwest lost 86-59 to Upperman of Baxter, Tenn., on Friday.
“We just took a big step forward being a team,” Richards said. “We moved the ball around and guys were getting themselves open and knocking down shots. It was just a good day overall, playing together and defending well. ... We just had a better mindset and played a lot better together today.”
The Bruins finish their time at the tourney Monday, taking on Tennessee’s Cumberland Gap in a 2:30 p.m. matchup.
• Christian Heritage boys 46, Sonoraville 37: Cameron Locke scored 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to pace the Lions (6-5), who led from start to finish in their first day at Sonoraville’s Phoenix Classic.
Jake Porter contributed 10 points for Christian Heritage, which led 17-11, 31-20 and 39-28 at the quarter breaks.
• Wheeler girls 68, Murray County 36: The Lady Indians trailed at each of the quarter breaks —19-4, 31-5 and 49-28 — as they wrapped up an 0-3 stint at the three-day Pickens Holiday Classic.
McKenzie Carroll led the Lady Indians (3-10) with 11 points, while Aubrie Osborne added nine and Caitlyn Sims had eight.
• Southeast Whitfield’s junior varsity boys team picked up two wins, beating Christian Heritage 39-32 in overtime on Saturday and Rome 44-36 on Friday.
Against Christian Heritage, Keaton McCutchen scored 18 points and made six free throws in overtime to seal the win for the Raiders (8-1).
Nine players scored for Southeast in the victory against Rome.
• Northwest’s JV girls team won twice Saturday to remain undefeated through 10 games.
Northwest beat Rome 67-16 and then won 57-24 versus Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School.
In the first win, Kylee Ward led the Lady Bruins with 14 points and Lexi Storey added 12. In the second game, Storey led with 16 points and Lindsey Roberts added 14.
Calhoun High School’s girls basketball team made its shots.
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On a mission
The local girls who visited the Dominican Republic last week on a mission trip through Score International tell a matching story.
Toward the end of a visit to Pasitos de Jesus, a girls orphanage in Boca Chica, the children began singing the Gospel song “Mighty to Save” to their visitors.
“It sent chills down your spine,” said Kala Franks, a rising senior at Coahulla Creek High School. “I felt they were ministering to me rather than us ministering to them.”
In the lineup again
When Northwest Whitfield repeated as the Georgia High School Association Class 4A softball state champion last fall, that appeared to be the last time the majority of the Lady Bruins’ senior class would be teammates on the diamond.
Now, thanks to the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic, five of those six seniors will reunite to play together one more time.
Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round
Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.
All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age
Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.
N. Murray second at Cam Newton
Members of the North Murray High School football team and coaching staff pose with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, standing center, after finishing second in the third annual Cam Newton Foundation 7 on 7 Football Tournament at North Cobb High School in Acworth. The Mountaineers will advance to face other regional tournamentwinners at the Charlotte (N.C.) Championship Tournament on July 10-12. Northwest Whitfield also competed in the tournament with linebacker Clay Phillips (not pictured) being selected as a Tournament All-Star.
All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year
As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.
Dalton girls finish second in Class 4A
In the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last year, the Dalton High School team finished third at Nob North Golf Course. Monday, playing in the state championship at Waynesboro Country Club, the Lady Catamounts finished second by just two strokes.
“There is just one more place left to win,” Dalton coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “They have the time ahead of them to do it.”
N. Murray cheer duo headed to DSC
CHATSWORTH — For North Murray cheerleader Tori Stainton, earning a spot on Dalton State College’s competition squad is the fulfillment of a long process. Classmate Stacia Baker went for a tryout on a whim and found her own spot with the Roadrunners.
No shortage of highlights this year for Phillips
CHATSWORTH — When Grace Phillips finished posing for photos of her signing a volleyball scholarship with Andrew College on Monday in North Murray High School’s library, a crowd of supporters gathered for the ceremony put their hands together.
It wasn’t the first time she’d heard applause during a memorable and achievement-filled senior year.
Good day sends Dalton boys to state golf tourney
With a spot in the Class 4A state tournament on the line, Dalton High School’s golf team put together one of its best rounds this season on a course coach Hunter Johnston said was as demanding as any the Catamounts had played this year.
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