December 28, 2012

Prep roundup: Vess leads way with 35 points


North Murray gets a rematch with Calhoun, the team it lost the Mistletoe Madness title game to. The two play at 7 p.m. today.

n Dalton boys 94, Chattooga 73: Brandon Painter and Rico Mears led the Catamounts (8-2) with 17 points each. Demond Rucker tallied 15 points and Emier Bowman added 12 points.

Dalton led 23-14 after the first quarter, 56-38 at halftime and 75-56 after three periods. The Cats went 15 of 17 from the free-throw line in the second quarter and 28 of 39 for the game.

“So many people scored,” Dalton coach Mike Duffie said. “Alex (Bautista) is our leading scorer, and he only scored nine. I liked our scoring in transition and how we did from the free-throw line.”

Dalton faces the LaFayette-Calhoun winner at 8:30 p.m. today.

n Calhoun girls 69, Northwest 52: Halle Ford had 17 points to lead the Lady Bruins (7-5) while Autumn Blackwell chipped in 13.

Northwest trailed 27-25 at halftime, but trailed 69-33 after three quarters after the Lady Yellow Jackets made six 3-pointers.

“The third quarter was the difference in the game,” Lady Bruins coach Greg Brown said.

The Lady Bruins play at 1 p.m. today against Ridgeland.

n North Forsyth girls 70, Murray County 25: McKenzie Carroll led the Lady Indians (4-7) with 10 points against their Class 5A opponents in the Pickens Holiday Classic.

The round-robin event continues today with Murray County playing Collins Hill, a Class 6A school.

Lady Indians coach Michael Hill hopes his team grows due to the competitive field.

“That’s what I’m hoping for, for the gompetition to make us better. As soon as we get back after the new year, we’re in the thick of our region,” Hill said.

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