January 23, 2013

Area roundup: Excel sweeps at CHS

Despite not getting the desired outcome, Christian Heritage’s girls basketball team kept firing shots Tuesday against Excel Christian Academy.

And despite going 6-for-34 from behind the 3-point line, the Lady Lions still kept the game close before Excel pulled away late in the fourth quarter to win 43-35 in a Sub-region 6A-A matchup.

“We just weren’t hitting,” Lady Lions coach Heather Lowery said. “We weren’t patient. Then, of course, we get down to the end of the game and needed some shots, but just rushed a lot of stuff.”

The Lady Lions (5-15, 2-5 Sub-region 6A-A) swapped buckets with the Lady Eagles early, leading 10-9 with 1:16 left in the first quarter. But a 13-2 run by Excel Christian (5-13, 1-6) broke the game open midway through the second quarter for a 22-12 Lady Eagles lead.

Excel’s lead dwindled in the third quarer as Lady Lions tightened up their defense and created turnovers. After an Excel timeout with 5:39 left in the third, guard Alexis Poag cut into the deficit with a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut the lead to 30-21.

Guard Sarah Massengale then scored eight straight points after a Christian Heritage timeout, and the Lady Lions trailed 32-29.

Lady Eagles center Emily Willingham, however, countered with a flurry of her own with a putback off of an offensive rebound, then two jumpers to make the edge 40-32 with just 2:28 left.

“If we would have hit a couple of 3s down the stretch, we’re in this game,” Lowery said. “It could have been much worse than it was. We just didn’t piece it together like we should have.”

Poag paced the Lady Lions with 13 points, while Massengale added 10 and a game-high 19 rebounds.

Guard Andrea Taylor led the Lady Eagles with 15 points, while Willingham added 13, with eight coming late in the fourth quarter.

Excel Christian boys 61, Christian Heritage 41: Eagles guard Rudy Winters’ 23 points led all scorers, and the Lions found no answer for the Eagles’ intensity on defense, which created 24 turnovers.

“When you turn the ball over that many times, and then you go 10 of 32 in the paint... what else do you need (to know)?” Lions coach Anthony Moseley said. “Turnovers get us every game. That was a really good team. (Even if) you just get half of (those misses), you’re in it. We beat them on the boards, but we just need to clean our game up against a team like that.”

It was a nip-and-tuck game after one quarter, with the score tied at 10. Excel (19-1, 8-0) then outscored the Lions 19-4 in the second quarter, with Winters hitting two long 3-pointers to push the lead to 11 midway through the period.

Christian Heritage (6-10, 2-6) trailed 29-14 at halftime, and 44-26 entering the final period.

Will Patterson led the Lions with 10 points, while Michael McKinney added nine points and 15 rebounds.

Text Only
  • DHS at Heritage 1 mlh.jpg Generally disappointed

    Dalton High School’s baseball team started the fifth inning of Friday’s crucial Sub-region 7B-4A game against Heritage-Catoosa with four consecutive hits.
    The only problem for the Catamounts was that was where their good hitting started and stopped.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup: Upset puts N. Murray in baseball playoffs

    Over the past few seasons, a late-season game with Sonoraville has been the deciding factor in whether the North Murray High School baseball team advanced to the state playoffs.

    April 18, 2014

  • Miller, Mariners off to NAIA title tournament

    Former Dalton High School golf standout Chase Miller is finishing his senior year at College of Coastal Georgia on a high note.

    April 18, 2014

  • NW at SE soccer   5  mlh.jpg On to the title match

    With around 15 minutes left in Thursday’s Region 7-4A semifinals match, Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team increased pressure on Southeast Whitfield with hopes of a tying goal.
    But the host Raiders were the ones getting the late goal.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • DHS tennis day 2 2 mlh.jpg Prep tennis: Perfect Colts claim title in Region 5-3A

    Coahulla Creek High School’s boys tennis team only needed three years to win its first region championship.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Heritage at DHS baseball 3 mlh.jpg Prep baseball: Cats must win today to clinch No. 2 seed

    Dalton High School’s baseball team led 6-5 against visiting Heritage-Catoosa as late as the fifth inning with a chance to clinch second place in Sub-region 7B-4A.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Region track and field: Richardson paces Murray Co. girls

    Katlyn Richardson has had an impressive junior season for Murray County High School’s girls track and field team.

    April 17, 2014

  • Colts boys have shot at 3A golf state sectional

    Coahulla Creek High School’s boys golf team finished second in the Region 5-3A tournament at Calhoun’s Fields Ferry Golf Course on Thursday, but now the Colts will have to wait to see if they will advance to the Class 2A state sectional tournament.

    April 17, 2014

  • CHS Lowe_Bartley 3 mlh.jpg Let’s keep playing

    Academic offerings played a big part in which college football program nabbed Christian Heritage School’s Nich Bartley, one of the area’s top players in 2013.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep roundup: Coahulla Creek hurts N. Murray’s playoff hopes

    One play in the fifth inning, during which the sun got in pitcher Braiden Jacobs’ eyes, seemed to encapsulate the entire season for Coahulla Creek High School’s baseball team.
    But it could be one rule misinterpretation that defines the season for North Murray.

    April 17, 2014