From Staff Reports
A strong second half kept the winning streak alive for Northwest Whitfield High School’s girls basketball team
The Lady Bruins won their sixth straight game with a 59-30 victory against Class 2A’s Model on Saturday in Tunnel Hill.
Northwest (15-3) trailed 13-12 at the end of the opening quarter, but its defense only allowed eight points over the next two periods. The Lady Bruins led 22-16 at halftime and 40-21 entering the fourth quarter.
“Our effort and intensity was not good to start the game,” Northwest coach Greg Brown said. “It slowly got better as we went along. We played a much better second half and were able to put them away.”
Macy Weeks led the Lady Bruins with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Kerrigan King added 11 points and Halle Ford helped with five steals and four assists.
n Model boys 77, Northwest 65: The Bruins fell behind early and never mounted a serious rally as the Blue Devils took an easy non-region win.
“We had a bad first quarter and we never recovered,” Northwest coach Ryan Richards said. “We didn’t do a great job of matching their intensity and got ourselves into a hole.”
Caleb Storey led the Bruins (9-9) with 14 points, while Aaron Ball and Clay Phillips each scored 11.
n Southwest Atlanta Christian girls 72, Christian Heritage 33: Sarah Massengale had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Lady Lions, who fell to 2-17 overall and 0-6 in Sub-region 6A-A with the home loss.
Southwest Atlanta Christian finished second in last year’s Class A private school state tournament.
n Christian Heritage boys 65, Southwest Atlanta Christian 59: The host Lions (9-10, 2-4) won their second straight Sub-region 6A-A contest after building a 52-40 lead through three quarters.
Trailing 22-21 when the first quarter ended, Christian Heritage held Southwest Atlanta Christian — the alma mater of NBA star Dwight Howard — to eight second-quarter points. The Lions were up 36-30 at the break.
Chase Tidwell paced Christian Heritage with 18 points, while Jake Porter added 17 points, Nich Bartley chipped in 12 and Tyler Tipton had 11.
“All of the Atlanta teams are extremely athletic,” Christian Heritage coach Anthony Moseley said. “We took them down in the paint and made them get into foul trouble.”
n Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe girls 49, Southeast Whitfield 33: Crickett Wyatt scored 12 points to lead the visiting Lady Raiders, who endured a 16-minute scoreless stretch that lasted from the first quarter to the third quarter.
Sydney Covington added seven for Southeast (12-6), which led 7-6 entering the second quarter but trailed 18-7 at halftime and 28-20 entering the final period.
n LFO boys 63, Southeast 48: The Raiders (4-14) trailed by five at the end of the first half, but LFO gradually pulled away in the second half in a non-region victory in Fort Oglethorpe.
Ty Pendley led the team with 16 points, and Rhett Harper added 12.
n Adairsville boys 65, Coahulla Creek 52: The Colts scored two points in the second quarter on their way to falling two games below .500 both overall (8-10) and in Region 5-3A (3-5).
Tyler Phillips scored 13 points for Coahulla Creek, which led 13-10 after the first quarter but trailed 25-15 at halftime and 39-27 through three quarters. Levi Wilson chipped in with 12 points.
n Adairsville girls 59, Coahulla Creek 24: The Lady Colts fell to 5-13 overall and 2-6 in Region 5-3A. Individual statistics were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
n LaFayette boys 72, Morris Innovative 32: The Tigers (0-19) fell behind 23-3 by the first quarter’s conclusion but coach Doug Peters was happy with his team’s ability to bounce back as Morris Innovative trailed 45-17 at halftime in LaFayette.
“After the first quarter, we played better,” Peters said. “... The effort is there. It’s just execution.”
Russell Burse led the Tigers with 12 points, while Justin Scott added seven.
n Southeast JV girls 35, LFO 14: Isabel Salinas scored eight points to lead the Lady Raiders (9-3).
n Southeast JV boys 52, LFO 39: Keaton McCutchen scored 22 points, while Drake Amos added nine for the Raiders (10-4).
n Northwest JV boys 54, Model 39: Jackson Carroll scored 24 points, while Trey Walker added 11 for the Bruins (10-2).
n Northwest JV boys 53, Ridgeland 18: In a late result from Friday, Alex Hooker led the way with 15 points for Northwest.
n Northwest’s freshmen boys team split a pair of games at Cartersville, winning 56-42 against the host Purple Hurricanes but falling 49-45 to Paulding County.
In the win, Alex Hooker led the Bruins (8-5) with 17 points and Jay Jones had 10. Against Paulding, Grant Terrell led the Bruins with 12.