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February 4, 2014

Prep Roundup: Lady Colts’ early work holds out

VARNELL — Coahulla Creek High School’s girls basketball team scored the final 11 points of the first half Tuesday night.

In the end, that was the difference in the Lady Colts’ Region 5-3A matchup with Ringgold.

Coahulla Creek made the most of a strong first half and won 49-38 to spoil Margaret Stockburger’s first game coaching varsity basketball in Whitfield County since retiring three years ago as the head coach of Northwest’s girls program.

Bethany Goodwin’s 3-pointer put Coahulla Creek (7-15, 4-7 Region 5-3A) ahead 19-11 with 3:16 left in the first half. Haley Reece followed with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 11 and the quarter ended with Coahulla Creek ahead 27-11.

Lady Colts coach Ryan Long said the game plan was to take away Ringgold’s post game.

“We wanted to see if we could take that away and if they could make outside shots,” Long said. “They’re a great-coached team and closed the gap in the second half. We had a great first half, one of the best we’ve had.”

In the second half, Ringgold (6-18, 4-9) played better — but not enough to erase the 16-point difference. The Lady Tigers trailed 35-24 entering the final quarter but started hitting 3-pointers and trailed just 43-38 with 58.9 seconds left.

Coahulla Creek secured the win on the next play by breaking Ringgold’s pressure defense and finding Reece for an easy layup.

“I think the main thing was they were ready to play and we weren’t,” Stockburger said. “You have to be ready to play every game.”

Goodwin led all scorers with 17 points, while Lady Colts post Nikki Ross added 10 points and 13 re-bounds. Sydney Storey finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and Reece finished with 10 points.

• Ringgold boys 85, Coahulla Creek 63: The Colts (8-14, 3-8 Region 5-3A) trailed by a point at halftime but were down 16 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dee McCord scored 15 points for Coahulla Creek, Taylor Poteet added 14, Levi Wilson chipped in 11 and Hunter Williams had 10. Ringgold led 36-35 at halftime but stretched that lead to 63-47 by the end of the third period.

“They shot well from the 3-point line, which Ringgold always does, and had a good inside game,” Coahulla Creek coach Matthew Queener said, noting Ringgold clinched the No. 2 seed for the upcoming region tournament with the win.

• Northwest girls 61, Ridgeland 50: Peyton Maret had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Bruins (20-3, 9-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) overcame an early challenge in Rossville to remain undefeated in league play.

Northwest has already clinched the sub-region title and a No. 1 seed for the Region 7-4A tournament.

The Lady Bruins trailed 20-12 at the end of the first quarter but led 33-27 at halftime and 48-38 entering the final period.

“It was a battle. (Ridgeland) played really well tonight,” said Northwest coach Greg Brown, whose team beat the Lady Panthers 74-33 in Tunnel Hill on Jan. 17. “I thought we were a little bit flat, but they played us really well. They kind of played the way I expected them to play us the first time. I thought that was kind of a fluke that we beat them that bad the first time.”

Kerrigan King added 13 points for the Lady Bruins, while Mallory Souther had 11 points and four steals and Halle Ford contributed a team-best seven assists.

• Northwest boys 96, Ridgeland 53: Levi Mosteller scored all 17 of his points in the second quarter — he went 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and added a two-point field goal — to ignite the Bruins (14-10, 7-2 Sub-region 7B-4A) on the road.

Caleb Storey also scored 17 points for Northwest, which had 14 of 15 players on the roster find the basket. Andy Whisenant added 12 points and Jackson Carroll had 10 as the Bruins reached their scoring high for the season.

Northwest led 19-8 after the opening quarter, but Mosteller’s outburst helped make it 50-30 entering halftime. It was 75-45 going into the fourth quarter, which was shortened to six minutes by the Georgia High School Association’s mercy rule.

“Levi, that second quarter he just blew the game open,” Bruins coach Ryan Richards said. “Our guys did a good job getting him the ball.”

• North Murray boys 81, Gordon Central 49: Payton Swilling had 15 points in a “lights-out” effort for the Mountaineers (14-8, 6-6 Region 5-3A) as they won on the road, North Murray coach Tim Ellis said.

“I was extremely proud of him,” Ellis added. “... We came out a little flat after playing last night, but we turned it on and got it going.”

Adrian Cooks added 14 points and Jordan Couch had 10 for the Mountaineers, who led 19-13, 44-25 and 55-39 at the quarter breaks.

• North Murray girls 39, Gordon Central 35: Amber Bandy had eight points and Kelsey Shelton dominated the defensive glass with nine rebounds to lead the Lady Mountaineers (10-13, 5-7 Region 5-3A), who had nine different players score in the road win.

• Model girls 59, Murray County 57: The Lady Indians (8-16, 4-9 Region 7-2A) trailed by 12 points in the final minutes before rallying to within a basket of tying, but they were unable to force overtime or secure the road win.

McKenzie Carroll scored 20 points to pace Murray County — which trailed 13-12, 27-24 and 45-34 at the quarter breaks — while Caitlyn Sims chipped in 14 and Shea Pendley added 10.

“The girls played amazing ball the last two minutes ... they played their hearts out,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said.

• Model boys 67, Murray County 37: Cesar Romero had 16 points to lead the Indians (2-21, 2-12 Region 7-2A) — who trailed 23-9, 39-19 and 43-27 at the quarter breaks — and Nick Stiles added nine points in the road loss.

“Both of those guys shot over 50 percent from the field and really did a good job all the way around,” Murray County coach Greg Linder said.

• Pepperell boys 67, Morris Innovative 28: The Tigers (0-24, 0-15 Region 7-2A) fell behind 24-7 after the opening quarter and were down 36-13 at halftime.

Justin Scott had 10 points, while Jaleel Brown added eight points for Morris Innovative.

“We did some things good but didn’t do enough good,” Tigers coach Doug Peters said. “They were shooting well from 3-point range.”

• North Murray junior varsity boys 61, Gordon Central 40: J.T. Langford and Gage Earley each had 11 points for the Mountaineers (11-2).

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