February 3, 2014

Prep roundup: Road trips have sour taste for area basketball teams

From Staff Reports
sports@daltoncitizen.com

— 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.