January 4, 2014

Prep roundup: Murray County girls pull away in fourth quarter

Devin Golden

CHATSWORTH — Murray County’s girls basketball team needed someone to break a fourth-quarter tie.

Aubrie Osborne did that, and more.

Osborne’s back-to-back 3-pointers in the last three minutes gave the Lady Indians the lead for good in a 66-54 win against Region 7-2A foe Model. In the boys matchup, the Indians lost 66-20.

Model hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 52 with 3:23 left, but Osborne sank a 3-pointer just 15 seconds later and followed with another one at the 2:42 mark. That started a 9-0 run for the Lady Indians, who improve to 4-11 overall and 2-5 in league play.

“I thought that was the best team ball that we’ve played as far as getting up and down the floor,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said. “That’s what we’ve been working on the last couple weeks.”

Model led 21-19 when the first quarter ended, but Murray County held a slim 34-31 edge at halftime. Model trimmed that deficit to 45-43 entering the last period.

The Lady Indians had three players reach double-digit ipoints — Caitlyn Sims with 17, McKenzie Carroll with 15 and Osborne with 13 — while Catlyn Richardson added nine points.

“We’ve got to get a consistency,” Hill said. “That was the best team ball we’ve played. I’m just proud of the energy we showed.”

Model boys 66, Murray County 20: The Indians (1-13, 1-6 Region 7-2A) led 6-4 early in the game after Cesar Romero’s inside spin move and bank shot, but the Blue Devils scored the next 17 points from then to halfway through the second period.

Model led 15-6 when the first quarter ended and Nick Stiles’ bank shot ended Model’s run, and brought Murray County to 21-8. But Model closed the half with a 14-0 run, leading 35-11 at the break and 55-18 when the third quarter ended.

Cesar Romero led the Indians with seven points. Model had three players reach double-digit points. Cameron O’Neal led with 14 points, V.J. Saxton contributed 13 points and Danny Fisher added 11.

Dalton boys 103, Gordon Central 42: The Catamounts (8-4) scored at least 21 points in each quarter and were the first local varsity team to reach triple digits this season.

Dalton led 27-13 when the first quarter ended and 59-29 at halftime. Dalton stretched the lead to 80-39 entering the last quarter and only allowed three points in the fourth period.

“We played well,” Dalton coach Mike Duffie said. “We played like we were supposed to. It was a team we were supposed to beat. We came out with great energy and put the game away quick.”

The Catamounts had five players reach double digits in points. Braxton Thomas led with 18 points, Emier Bowman added 16, Mark Sims contribued 14, Nathan Bryant finished with 12 and Chase White had 11. Bryant also chipped in six assists.

Southeast Whitfield girls 60, Ringgold 47: Crickett Wyatt led the Lady Raiders (10-3) with 17 points, while Wendy Perez added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tori Brock also reached double-digit scoring with 14 points.

Southeast led 13-6 when the first quarter ended, but Ringgold tied it up 22-22 at halftime. Southeast held a slim 38-37 edge entering the last quarter.

Ringgold boys 69, Southeast 54: Ty Pendley led the Raiders (4-9) with 16 points and Rhett Harper was all around the stat sheet with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Chaz Payne also had 10 points and eight rebounds for Southeast.

Mount Zion-Carroll boys 57, Christian Heritage 46: The Lions led 13-5 when the first quarter ended but a 15-point swing put them behind by seven, 26-19, at halftime and eventually led to them falling to 6-7 overall and 0-2 in Sub-region 6A-A.

Mount Zion-Carroll led 44-28 entering the third quarter despite Christian Heritage at one point tying the game.

“We just lost momentum,” Lions coach Anthony Moseley said. “Out of the four quarters, you could say we played a quarter and a half.”

Tyler Tipton had 19 points to lead the Lions, who didn’t have Cameron Locke or Andrew McEntyre for the game. They were held out due to a coach’s decision, but Moseley declined to specify why.

“We still should’ve beaten that team,” he said. “We didn’t execute at all.”

Mount Zion-Carroll girls 56, Christian Heritage 43: Sarah Massengale recorded 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a losing effort for the Lady Lions (2-12, 0-2 Sub-region 6A-A).

Christian Heritage fell behind 19-8 when the first quarter ended and 36-24 at halftime. The Lady Lions trailed by 13, 44-31, when the fourth quarter started.

However, the Lady Lions trimmed their deficit to five points.

“We dug outselves a hole,” Christian Heritage coach Heather Lowery said, “but we played well in the second half.”

Gordon Central girls 44, Dalton 34: The Lady Catamounts fell to .500 overall, 6-6, after a sluggish first half.

Dalton trailed 13-5 when the opening quarter ended and 29-12 at halftime. The deficit stretched to 39-20 by the third quarter’s conclusion.

“We didn’t really show up until the fourth quarter,” Dalton coach Lacie Coquerille said. “We couldn’t get anything going offensively all night.”

Callie Smith led the Lady Catamounts with 11 points and Anna Kate Sisson scored 10.6-6 overall.

Pepperell boys 64, Morris Innovative 23: The Tigers (0-13, 0-7 Region 7-2A) committed at least 40 turnovers in the loss.

“It was very disappointing because we played so much better (Thursday),” Morris Innovative coach Doug Peters said.

Pepperell led 12-1 when the first quarter ended, 30-7 at halftime and 58-12 entering the last period.

Justin Scott led the Tigers with 14 points.

Dalton JV girls 39, Gordon Central 18: Kirsten Deal led the Lady Catamounts (3-1) with 18 points in a win.

Northwest JV girls 51, LaFayette 19: Lexi Storey scored 13 points and Karli Williams contributed 12 for the Lady Bruins, who are undefeated through 11 games.

Northwest JV boys 69, LaFayette 40: Alex Hooker put in 16 points, Jackson Carroll had 13 points, Will Blanchard contributed 11 points Austin Morrison had 10 as the Bruins improved to 7-1.

Ringgold JV boys 57, Southeast 54: Keaton McCutchen scored 17 points as the Raiders improved to 9-3 this season.

• In another area events, Northwest Whitfield High School’s wrestling team had a chance to punch its ticket to the state duals tournament during the Area 7-4A duals at Gilmer on Saturday.

Too bad they wrestle in the same area with Gilmer and Cass.

“Gilmer and Cass are solid all the way through and might be the top two teams in the state,” Bruins coach Allen Tucker said. “I will not be surprised if they meet each other in the state finals.”

Gilmer, the winner of six state duals titles since 2005 and four straight, beat Cass in the tournament finals. Even then, the Bruins had a chance to take the No. 2 seed from the region and advance to state.

Northwest beat Dalton 54-28 and then topped LaFayette 42-36 in the wrestleback portion of the tournament, and since the Bruins and Cass hadn’t faced each other before in the tournament, the two teams wrestled for “true” second. However, Cass won easily, 48-18.

Northwest, which came into the tournament as the No. 5 seed, beat Heritage-Catoosa on Friday before losing to Gilmer in the semifinals.

“We finally caught and passed Heritage, which had been the top team around here for a long time,” Tucker said. “I just keep looking at our lineup and we did the best we could. We won four matches against Cass and just missed out on three more. We have gotten better and better throughout the year, and I am very pleased.”

In the three matches on Saturday, 152-pounder Austin Taylor was the only Northwest wrestler to go 3-0. Jordan Pittman was 2-0 at 170, while Bryan Gembe (106), Blake Hayes (113), Justin Palmer (120), Dillan Darrah (182), Jordan Lewis (195) and Isaiah Mack (285) all went 2-1. Gembe’s loss in the Cass match was his first loss to an area foe this year.

The Bruins will now turn their attention to the area traditional tournament, which will be held Jan. 31 at Cass, and the Conasauga Cup on Jan. 14 at Dalton.

“After today, I think that we should have four or five kids seeded in the top four for the traditional tournament,” Tucker said. “Getting third in this region is a great accomplishment.”

• Coahulla Creek lost in the Area 5-3A duals to Rockmart, 40-39, in the consolation bracket.

Levi Kinsey (106), Labron Kendrick (145), Josephn Long (152) and Jacob Elrod (285) all earned pinfall victories for the Colts against Rockmart.


• Southeast Whitfield’s girls finished third out of six teams at the Woodland-Bartow Invitational at Adairsville High. The Raiders were fifth out of five teams. Woodland won both boys and girls with the boys earning 125 points and the girls scoring 147. The Southeast girls finished with 17 points, and the boys had six.