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December 28, 2013

Prep roundup: Lady Cats take second at tourney

Calhoun High School’s girls basketball team made its shots.

Dalton didn’t.

The Lady Catamounts lost 68-33 to the Lady Yellow Jackets in Satur-day’s championship at LaFayette High School’s Medi-Thrift Phar-macy Holiday Classic. In a pair of fifth-place games at the tournament, Dalton’s boys beat Ridgeland and North Murray’s girls topped Coosa.

Hannah Cox scored 13 points for Dalton’s girls, who trailed 15-10 after the opening quarter against Calhoun. But the Lady Yellow Jackets scored 22 points in the second quarter for a 37-18 halftime lead, and that stretched to 52-24 after three quarters.

“We shot the ball very poorly,” Dalton coach Lacie Coquerille said, “and they shot the ball extremely well.”

The Lady Cats (6-4) shot 26 percent from the field for the game, said Coquerille, who added that Calhoun made more than half of its attempts.

“Defensively, we kind of played in shock,” she added.

“Once they got a lead, we never took it back to them. ... We played very intimidated.”

It was the second top-three finish at a holiday tournament in as many weeks for Dalton, which took third last weekend at North Murray’s Alfa Insurance Mistletoe Madness.

North Murray girls 54, Coosa 33: Kara Deal led the Lady Mountaineers (6-7) with 13 points, while Grace Phillips contributed 12 as they secured fifth place in the eight-team tournament.

North Murray led 8-7 at the end of the opening period but built its lead the rest of the way. The Lady Mountaineers — who played three games in three days for the first time this season — were up 20-12 at halftime and 37-22 at the third quarter’s close.

“In this tournament, it seems like we’ve started slow in all our games,” North Murray coach Keith Robinette said. “In the third and fourth quarters, we tend to be settled in and playing with a little more urgency. We need to get out that habit, though. I need them playing well out the gate.”

After struggling with free throws in the first quarter, the Lady Mountaineers were better the rest of the way, Robinette added.

Dalton boys 74, Ridgeland 64: Despite what coach Mike Duffie called “a tremendously bad shooting night” — the Cats (6-4) took 84 shots to their opponents’ 46 — Dalton still managed to win thanks to a lot of hustle.

Dalton, which finished the game with 32 offensive rebounds, led 38-28 at halftime against Ridgeland, a fellow Sub-region 7B-4A team. The lead stretched to 58-43 by the third quarter’s end.

“We just shot and shot and shot, and not even until we made it,” Duffie said. “The good part was we were hustling for the boards and getting rebounds. The bad thing was we weren’t consistent finishing plays.”

Emier Bowman and Lyle Durham each had double-double performances with 14 points and 17 rebounds and 10 points and 14 rebounds, respectively. Braxton Thomas led with 22 points, while Jeffrey Brown chipped in 12.

Northwest Whitfield boys 90, Loudon (Tenn.) 59: All 10 players in the lineup scored for the Bruins as they bounced back from an opening-round loss at the Midway (Tenn.) Christmas Classic and secured a spot in the tournament’s fifth-place game.

Caleb Storey led the way with 17 points, while Aaron Ball added 13 and Walker Maret finished with 12. Caleb Branson chipped in nine points and eight assists for Northwest (6-6), while Tevin McDaniel had eight points and seven assists.

Northwest coach Ryan Richards said starters Tanner Bailey and Andy Whisenant were out of the lineup due to illness.

The Bruins overcame a 20-18 deficit at the end of the first quarter to lead 45-35 at halftime and 68-44 entering the final period. Northwest lost 86-59 to Upperman of Baxter, Tenn., on Friday.

“We just took a big step forward being a team,” Richards said. “We moved the ball around and guys were getting themselves open and knocking down shots. It was just a good day overall, playing together and defending well. ... We just had a better mindset and played a lot better together today.”

The Bruins finish their time at the tourney Monday, taking on Tennessee’s Cumberland Gap in a 2:30 p.m. matchup.

Christian Heritage boys 46, Sonoraville 37: Cameron Locke scored 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to pace the Lions (6-5), who led from start to finish in their first day at Sonoraville’s Phoenix Classic.

Jake Porter contributed 10 points for Christian Heritage, which led 17-11, 31-20 and 39-28 at the quarter breaks.

Wheeler girls 68, Murray County 36: The Lady Indians trailed at each of the quarter breaks —19-4, 31-5 and 49-28 — as they wrapped up an 0-3 stint at the three-day Pickens Holiday Classic.

McKenzie Carroll led the Lady Indians (3-10) with 11 points, while Aubrie Osborne added nine and Caitlyn Sims had eight.

• Southeast Whitfield’s junior varsity boys team picked up two wins, beating Christian Heritage 39-32 in overtime on Saturday and Rome 44-36 on Friday.

Against Christian Heritage, Keaton McCutchen scored 18 points and made six free throws in overtime to seal the win for the Raiders (8-1).

Nine players scored for Southeast in the victory against Rome.

• Northwest’s JV girls team won twice Saturday to remain undefeated through 10 games.

Northwest beat Rome 67-16 and then won 57-24 versus Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School.

In the first win, Kylee Ward led the Lady Bruins with 14 points and Lexi Storey added 12. In the second game, Storey led with 16 points and Lindsey Roberts added 14.

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