February 6, 2014

Area prep roundup: Lady Raiders lose, still third in sub-region

Southeast Whitfield High School’s girls basketball team lost at Heritage-Catoosa on Wednesday night, but the Lady Raiders remain in third place in the Sub-region 7B-4A standings with the regular season nearing its end.

Heritage, the second-place team in the standings behind Northwest Whitfield, led by 10 at halftime on the way to a 67-50 win over the Lady Raiders. Northwest and Heritage have locked up the top two seeds, respectively, from the sub-region for the Region 7-4A tournament at Cass, which begins Saturday.

Southeast (15-9, 4-5) is third in the standings and has the tiebreaker over Dalton, which goes into today’s game at Northwest as the No. 4 seed. Dalton could move into the No. 3 spot, but would have to win against Northwest tonight and Ridgeland on Friday and need Southeast to lose to LaFayette on Friday night.

In the loss to the Lady Generals, Cricket Wyatt led Southeast with 15 points, while Judelle Hererra added 10.

Heritage boys 55, Southeast 46: The Raiders (6-18, 2-7 Sub-region 7B-4A) trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter, but the Generals made their free throws down the stretch to hold off Southeast.

The scored was tied at 10 at the end of the first quarter and Heritage held a 26-25 lead at the half. It was 39-35 going into the fourth, but Southeast coach Jim Case said there was a breakdown in the final period for his Raiders.

“We just didn’t execute what we were trying to do in the fourth quarter defensively,” Case said. “We missed some shots and they made a few and we had to foul and they hit their free throws.”

Ty Pendley led Southeast in scoring with 15 points, while Chaz Payne had 12 points and eight rebounds. Rhett Harper added 11 points.

Darlington girls 67, Christian Heritage 40: Trailing 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, the host Lady Lions (3-21, 1-10 Sub-region 6A-A) were left behind in the second quarter as Darlington outscored them 27-7.

“We turned the ball over a little too much and they hit a lot of shots, a lot of (3-pointers) in the corner,” Christian Heritage coach Heather Lowery said. “We missed several free throws. We missed shots, that was our big thing. We got some good shots and just missed them.

“But we fought back in the second half and did a much better job.”

Christian Heritage, which trailed 55-25 entering the fourth quarter, was led by Sarah Massengale’s 14-point, eight-rebound performance. Drew Tipton added 12 points and Jordan Suddath had six points and as many rebounds.

Cartersville boys 71, Coahulla Creek 35: The Colts were overmatched by the visiting Purple Hurricanes, who are the No. 3-ranked team in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class 3A poll. Cartersville stormed out to a 41-14 at the half and was never threatened.

Taylor Poteet led the Colts (8-15, 3-9 Region 5-3A) with 10 points.

• Christian Heritage’s boys lost to Darlington on Wednesday, but when reached by phone, Lions coach Anthony Moseley had no other information on the game.

• No information on Coahulla Creek’s girls basketball game against visiting Cartersville was reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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