Southeast High School Raiders

November 30, 2013

Southeast Hoopfest: North Murray holds off Southeast

This year’s version of North Murray’s boys basketball team hadn’t played a close game yet.

Southeast Whitfield has, and for the second time this season, the Raiders came out on the wrong end.

The Mountaineers won 71-69 in a back-and-forth game Friday at the Raiders’ own Southeast Whitfield Hoopfest tournament as Rhett Harper’s half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good. North Murray will play Excel Christian today at 2:30 p.m. in the fifth-place game. Southeast plays Bremen at 11:30 a.m. in the seventh-place contest.

In other boys games on Friday at the tournament, Excel Christian won 84-77 against Bremen, Heritage-Catoosa won 70-59 against Darlington and Woodland-Bartow’s game against East Paulding was not completed before The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

In the girls bracket, Southeast routed Excel Christian 66-29 and advanced to today’s championship, where it plays at 7 p.m. against a Heritage team that defeated Woodland-Bartow 69-59. Ridgeland’s girls won 40-33 against East Paulding.

In the North Murray-Southeast game, neither side led by double digits and the game was tied 65-65 heading to the final minute. Hinton McConkey scored on a baseline jumper with 58.8 seconds remaining to give North Murray (2-1) a two-point advantage. The rest of the game came down to free throws, with each side converting five free shots. North Murray post Omar Romero missed both of his with 3.8 seconds left, but Harper’s last-second heave didn’t provide any celebration for Southeast (1-3).

North Murray advanced to the Class 3A state tournament’s second round last year but graduated all of that team’s starters, plus one bench player. The Mountaineers won their first game this season by 23 points and lost Tuesday by 25 to Woodland-Bartow. North Murray coach Tim Ellis called playing a tight game “valuable,” regardless of the result. Romero, who was a key bench player last year and now is a starter, echoed that sentiment.

“You have to learn how to play in those situations,” he said. “We learned a lot and stepped up a lot. Some of our guys just played JV last year and are just starting to play varsity now.”

The Raiders started the season with a 70-64 loss against Gilmer in a game that was tied at 56 with around three minutes to play.

“Each game has a different personality,” Southeast first-year coach James Case said. “You’re up. You’re down. You break even. We’re still learning the system right now.”

Southeast relied on two players, Harper and Ty Pendley, for the majority of its points. Harper led all scorers with 28 points, and Pendley added 20. North Murray was much more balanced. McConkey and Noah Allen each scored 12 points to lead North Murray. Jordan Couch added 11 and a total of 11 Mountaineers chipped in with at least two points. Southeast had seven players score.

“We battled back and kept together,” Case said.

The first quarter ended 19-17 in North Murray’s favor, and Adrian Cooks helped the Mountaineers gain a 26-19 lead early in the second period with a 3-pointer, followed by a steal and jumper. Southeast ended the first half with a 10-4 run, tying the game at 38-38 with Noah Ramsey’s two free throws.

“I thought in the first half we had things going our way,” Ellis said. “Give them credit. They made a run back and it’s 38-38.”

That run continued with five straight points for Southeast to begin the second half. The Raiders held the lead until Allen’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the quarter gave the Mountaineers a 51-50 edge, and Lucas Sexton followed with a 3-pointer for a 54-50 North Murray lead. Pendley finished the quarter with a layup, cutting the deficit to 54-52.

With 3:30 left in the game, Harper left with a cut above his eye after he and North Murray’s Nathan Spivey collided. Harper re-entered with North Murray ahead 65-61 and made back-to-back jumpers to tie the game with 1:55 left.

Southeast girls 66, Excel Christian 29: The Lady Raiders advanced to the championship with their third straight win after starting the season with a blowout loss.

Crickett Wyatt led all scorers with 18 points, half coming from three 3-pointers, and Judelle Herrera added 13 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Wendy Perez had seven rebounds and five assists.

“We’re starting to play a lot better on the defensive end,” Southeast coach Michael Durham said. “I told them we’d start making shots. ... I thought we were much more aggressive on defense and we started making shots.”

Southeast led 14-5 entering the second quarter and 32-9 at halftime after Emily Beck hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Wyatt hit a jumper and followed with a 3-pointer for a 44-16 lead halfway through the third period, which ended with the Lady Raiders ahead 56-22.

Andrea Taylor led Excel Christian (0-3) with 12 points.

Text Only
Southeast High School Raiders
  • DHS at SE soccer 7 mlh.jpg Prep Roundup: Unbeaten streak rolls on for Cats

    Replicating the start of last year’s Class 4A state title match, Dalton High School’s boys soccer team needed just four minutes to score its first goal at Southeast Whitfield on Friday.
    The Catamounts scored five more — and again defended their crown of dominance in the sport.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Baseball Roundup: Raiders out of hunt for the playoffs

    Needing a win to keep Southeast Whitfield High School’s baseball season meaningful, Raiders coach Brad Lofton turned to a pair of senior pitchers on Friday at Heritage-Catoosa.
    The seniors didn’t disappoint, but it was the offense and the defense that couldn’t come through.

    April 12, 2014

  • Heritage at sE baseball 1 mlh.jpg Fight’s not over yet

    Southeast Whitfield High School baseball coach Brad Lofton felt like his team gave away the opening contest of a three-game Sub-region 7B-4A series on Wednesday at Heritage-Catoosa.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: Bruins power past Cats for key victory at home

    TUNNEL HILL — Similar to Wednesday’s Sub-region 7B-4A baseball series opener at Dalton High School, Northwest Whitfield fell behind early Thursday versus the Catamounts.

    April 11, 2014

  • Prep Roundup: Dalton golf teams in form at Fields Ferry

    Even in wet and muddy conditions, both the Dalton High School boys and girls golf teams are sharpening their games at the right time.
    With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled in two weeks, both the Catamounts and the Lady Cats finished second during play at the Fields Ferry Invitational in Calhoun on Monday. Despite the soggy conditions, Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for medalist honors with a 2-over par 74 to lead the Cats to a 313 combined score in the six-play, four-score format. Dalton finished three strokes behind tournament winner LaFayette.

    April 8, 2014

  • Wrestler of the year 2014 2 mlh.jpg All-Area Wrestling Team and Wrestler of the Year: Winning another title was the only goal for Wheeler

    When Dalton High School wrestler Sidney Wheeler won a state title for the first time two years ago as a sophomore, he admitted he became a little complacent about what it would take to replicate the feat — perhaps not noticeably so to most observers, but enough to take success for granted. Wheeler believed it a matter of course that he would win state again, and he thought the second title would simply be the middle child in a high school three-peat.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep Roundup: SE offense hot again, rolls 16-0

    Southeast Whitfield’s baseball team is back to scoring a lot of runs and winning consecutive games.

    March 27, 2014

  • Prep soccer: Morris boys earn Class 2A ranking

    It’s nothing new for a local high school boys soccer team to be among those in the state rankings.
    It is new for that team to be Morris Innovative.

    March 18, 2014

  • cchs tennis1.jpg Hungry for much more

    VARNELL — Coahulla Creek High School’s tennis teams aren’t letting much keep them from playing — and winning — this season.
    On Monday, they picked up their opponent before picking up another pair of victories.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep roundup: SE offense keeps foot on throttle

    As long as Southeast Whitfield High School’s baseball team continues to hit the ball and score runs the way it has so far this season, it really won’t matter what the defense does.
    Coach Brad Lofton still likes how the Raiders’ fielding is improving.

    March 11, 2014