From Staff Reports
Holly Stanfield led the way with a 22-point effort and a strong second quarter helped Murray County High School’s girls basketball team pull away in a 63-39 victory Tuesday night at Christian Heritage School.
The Lady Indians, who bounced back from Friday’s 50-48 season-opening loss at Gilmer, got balanced scoring outside of Stanfield’s double-digit performance. Caitlyn Sims added eight points, Shea Pendley had seven and McKenzie Carroll chipped in six.
Murray County turned an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 39-24 advantage by halftime. The Lady Indians were up 53-30 entering the final period.
“We were pretty much in control the whole game,” Murray County coach Michael Hill said.
Sarah Massengale led the Lady Lions (0-2) with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Pressley Poag added seven points and Alexis Poag finished with six.
• Marietta girls 35, Northwest Whitfield 28: The Lady Bruins used fast-paced play to score 151 points in their first two games this season.
Things slowed down considerably for them in their final day of action at the Rome Thanksgiving Classic.
The Lady Bruins (2-1), who rolled to a 73-39 win against Model on Saturday at the Classic and a 78-34 win against Rome on Monday, were much quieter in their loss to the Lady Blue Devils. Northwest was held to one point in the second quarter, although that wasn’t much worse than the first period.
“We were down 18-5 at the half,” Lady Bruins coach Greg Brown said. “Both teams really struggled with scoring and had a lot of turnovers in the first half. ... We cut (the deficit to two points) in the fourth quarter, but we could never get the lead. The kids fought hard, but we just dug ourselves too big of a hole.”
Mallory Souther led Northwest with 12 points, while Halle Ford added seven points and three assists. Macy Weeks grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
“Our tempo was not near as high,” Brown said. “We didn’t have the energy we had the first two games.”
• Southeast Whitfield girls 37, Excel Christian 28: Sydney Covington scored nine points as the Lady Raiders (2-1) won on the opening day of their home Thanksgiving tournament, the Southeast Hoopfest.
Crickett Wyatt and Wendy Perez each added eight points for Southeast, which trailed 13-12 at halftime. Perez also grabbed 16 rebounds.
Southeast and Excel play again at 4 p.m. Friday, with that matchup determining who remains in the winners’ bracket. The teams had already agreed to play twice because another team dropped out late.
The tournament’s only other action Tuesday was in the boys bracket. Darlington beat Excel Christian 71-51 and Heritage-Catoosa beat Bremen 76-71.
Today at the Hoopfest, in girls games Ridgeland takes on Woodland-Bartow at 4 p.m. and East Paulding plays Heritage-Catoosa at 7 p.m. In boys games, North Murray faces Woodland at 5:30 p.m. and Southeast squares off with East Paulding at 8:30 p.m.
• North Paulding boys 72, Morris Innovative 30: Tevin Robertson scored 16 points for the Tigers as they lost their second and final game at the Sonoraville Thanksgiving Classic.
Justin Scott and Russell Burse each added six points for Morris Innovative (0-2), which trailed 37-17 at halftime.
“Early on, we played OK,” Morris Innovative coach Doug Peters said. “We turned the ball over but regrouped and settled down. In the second half, we came out strong but sort of fell apart.”
Morris Innovative, which is in its first season of varsity competition after two years of junior varsity play, opens its home schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday against Dade County at the City Park Elementary School gymnasium in Dalton.
• Northwest placed sixth among 16 schools at the Etowah Thanksgiving Duals.
The Bruins finished second in their pool, beating Paulding County 60-15, Rome 49-29 and McEachern 61-15. Northwest lost 50-24 to North Forsyth in its third pool dual.
In the dual for fifth place, Northwest lost 49-30 to host Etowah.
Bryan Gembe won all five of his matches at the 113-pound weight class for the Bruins. Isaiah Mack (285) went 4-1, while Austin Taylor (170) was 3-1.
Northwest’s junior varsity team wrestled in an eight-team bracket and finished second.
The Bruins lost 48-34 to Brookwood and won 54-26 against North Forsyth. With a three-way tie in the pool, Northwest advanced as pool champion based on the tiebreakers of most pins and most near falls.
In the bracket, Northwest beat Allatoona — the other pool’s champion — 48-28 before losing 63-24 to Gilmer in the championship.
Jacob Splawn (106) and Coty Carlock (126) each went 4-0 for the Bruins. Madison Hayes (170) and Michael Robles (285) each went 3-1, while Chris Roe (113) won both of his matches.
• Southeast finished 3-2 in duals competition at Cartersville High School.
The Raiders lost 57-24 to Cartersville and 48-27 to Rockmart, but rebounded with a 42-21 win against Armuchee, a 45-33 win against North Cobb and a 42-30 victory versus Pace Academy.
The Raiders forfeited four weight classes — 106, 132, 170 and 195 — due to injuries and illness, coach Michael Herndon said.
Omar Ruiz (126) and Austin Allen (182) each won all five of their matches and improved to 15-0 for the season.
Noah Bartenfield (113), Chris Rosas (120) and Tyler Brown (152) each went 4-1.