February 6, 2013

Prep roundup: Murray County basketball picks up pair of Region 7-2A wins

CHATSWORTH — All eight seniors on Murray County High School’s boys basketball team scored Tuesday night.

But Martin Contreras and Jacob Sturgill were the only two for a while.

The home team never trailed in a 70-51 Region 7-2A victory against Chattooga on senior night in Kenneth Ross Gymnasium. Murray County’s girls set up a sweep with a 40-29 win.

Murray County (13-11, 8-5) senior Brady Todd, the team’s leading scorer this season, didn’t register a point in the first half, but his side still led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter and 35-23 at halftime.

A lot of that was because of Contreras and Sturgill, who combined for four 3-pointers and the team’s first 22 points of the game. Cesar Romero’s free throw broke the streak with 5:20 left in the first half.

“Brady Todd got a lot of attention,” Murray County coach Greg Linder said. “If they’re going to defend us like that, then our outside shooters have to step up. And they did.”

In the second half, Todd scored 11 points as Chatt-ooga (5-18, 1-11) switched to a man-to-man defense and allowed Murray County to develop interior offense.

“All my seniors scored and all helped with that win,” said Linder, who didn’t have any seniors last year.

Matthew Corbin had eight points and nine rebounds, Jorge Romero and Dillion Cantrell each added two points and seven rebounds, Jake Ice tallied four points and Dylan Hubbard had two points. They all trailed Contreras’ game-high 17 points and Sturgill’s 15.

“I think in the first quarter the outside shooting brought their defense out,” Sturgill said. “I thought we played excellent except for boxing out and rebounding.”

Murray County plays Friday at Model in a game that was originally scheduled for last week but postponed. It could have a lot to do for seeding in next week’s region tournament. Calhoun has clinched the No. 1 seed, but the second spot is up for grabs.

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