The effort was there for North Murray’s boys basketball team.
Just not enough points.
North Murray fell behind by 15 at halftime Monday against host Ringgold, cut the deficit to single digits in the third quarter but lost 67-56 in Region 5-3A play.
Ringgold grabbed an early 14-10 lead and exploded in the second quarter with 18 points to North Murray’s seven.
“In the second quarter, we went through a lull,” Mountaineers coach Tim Ellis said.
North Murray (13-8, 5-6) got within eight points — and trailed 44-32 entering the final quarter — but “ran out of gas,” Ellis said.
“We turned it over a lot, but I was pleased with our effort,” Ellis added. “That was what I expect from them every night. I was a little worried about it. We’ve been up and down.”
Jordan Couch led North Murray with 21 points, most coming from four 3-pointers. Lucas Sexton and Hinton McConkey each added eight points.
North Murray doesn’t get any rest or practices before playing again. The Mountaineers travel tonight to Gordon Central, another region opponent, and play two more games this week.
• Ringgold girls 41, North Murray 34: The Lady Mountaineers (9-14, 4-7) struggled to score in stretches and ended with the same result as the Jan. 25 loss to their Region 5-3A foes in the Lady Tigers, the last game North Murray played due to last week’s winter storm and the ensuing postponement of school events.
Ringgold led after each quarter — 7-6 when the first period ended, 19-18 at halftime and 30-27 entering the final quarter. Ringgold’s last six points came at the free throw line.
“In the third quarter, they got up seven or eight and we battled back,” North Murray coach Keith Robinette said. “We cut it to three heading into the fourth. We never took the lead in the fourth. We had a four-minute stretch in the third where we couldn’t score.”
Amber Shook led the Lady Mountaineers with eight points. Erin Robinson scored seven points. Robinson, the post, was playing her first game since a partial dislocated ankle she suffered during the area volleyball tournament last fall.
“I was putting her out there for a minute or two minutes at a time to let her ease back into it,” Robinette explained.
• Gordon Lee boys 70, Christian Heritage 36: Coach Anthony Moseley said the Lions (10-13, 3-7) played “as bad as we could possibly play” and it showed on the scoreboard against the Sub-region 6A-A opponent.
“We couldn’t make any shots,” Moseley said. “We had a really off night. I guess they played well, but we played as bad as we could possibly play.”
Chase Tidwell led the Lions with 11 points. Cameron Locke added six.
• Gordon Lee girls 76, Christian Heritage 38: The Lady Lions (3-20, 1-9 Sub-region 6A-A) fell behind 50-16 at halftime and couldn’t stick with an overpowering Gordon Lee squad.
Sarah Massengale led Christian Heritage with 12 points. Jordan Suddath added six points.
• Gordon Lee JV girls 51, Christian Heritage 48: Julia McDonald led the Lady Lions (9-5) with 11 points in the loss. Baleigh McAllister added 10 points, while Sydney Stafford and Mikayla Russell each scored nine points for Christian Heritage.
The effort was there for North Murray’s boys basketball team.
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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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