November 25, 2012

Area Roundup: Second-half run sparks NW past SE

It was a tale of two halves for both the Southeast Whitfield and the Northwest Whitfield girls basketball teams.

The host Lady Raiders took a 24-23 lead into the break, and led 27-23 just seconds into the third quarter, only to see the lead evaporate. The Lady Bruins went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game in the third quarter and cruised to a 63-33 win in the third-place game at the Southeast Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

“We did a lot of good things (early),” first-year Southeast coach Mike Durham said. “We played hard, played smart and got some good shots. In the second half, we didn’t match their intensity.”

It was just the opposite for the Lady Bruins.

“We were real sluggish (in the first half),” Brown said. “We had a tough game last night against Gordon Lee and it was real taxing on us. I thought we might be a little flat.”

It was the final day of the tournament which was a bracketed-style event for the girls and pool-play event for the boys. In other action on Saturday at the tournament, Dalton’s girls beat Woodland-Bartow in a consolation game. In the boys’ tournament, Southeast fell to Rockmart 64-55, while North Murray’s boys beat Gordon Lee 58-49 in the third-place game.

Meigs County (Tenn.) girls beat Gordon Lee 74-70 in the championship game, while Cobb County’s Campbell topped Meadowcreek 71-69 in the boys’ title game.

For the Lady Raiders, Durham’s team broke out of the gate early, led by two jumpers from senior Megan Collins sandwiching a runner from point guard Sydney Covington, to take a 6-5 lead. There were seven lead changes in the quarter, as both teams swapped buckets until late in the second, when Southeast’s Tavi Parris drained a long 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Lady Raiders (0-2) up by four, 18-14.

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