After knocking off Haralson County, 65-32, on the road Friday night, the Lions (7-5, 2-0 Region 4-AAA) used an intense defensive effort to set up some transition buckets against the Astros (3-8, 1-1).
“We played a zone and kind of packed it in. They had some size, and we tried to pack that zone in and force them to shoot it from the outside. To our advantage, they didn’t make any outside shots and we were able to push the ball up the floor once we got the rebound. We got out in transition and were able to get some fastbreak points,” noted Central coach Darius Smiley.
Central led by 10 at half and broke the game open down the stretch, getting a 21-point effort from Kahlil Wynn, while Blake Reese added 20 points and Elijah Ross finished with 13.
Central girls 61, Douglass 45: The Lady Lions (9-4, 2-0) got quality frontcourt contributions from Sherae Bonner and Brianna Cousins, who finished with 28 and 19 points, respectively, in the region win over the Lady Astros (4-9, 0-2).
Central coach Jimmy LeBlanc said back-to-back solid defensive efforts against Haralson County and Douglass this weekend got the region slate started on the right note.
“The way we played defensively both nights, we just really showed up to play. I was worried, really, about both of these for different reasons. But they came out and did an excellent job,” LeBlanc said. “So it’s nice to get a good start like this. We’ve got a big week ahead of us.”
Central JV boys 47, Haralson County 28: On Friday, the Lions (3-3) got a 19-point effort from Byron Brown.
In other prep basketball action from Saturday:
Haralson County boys 48, B.E.S.T. Academy 42: The Rebels snapped their 10-game losing skid behind a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double from Nii-Okai Reindorf. Lane Fortune added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Flint River boys 46, Oak Mountain 45 (OT): The Warriors (10-2) shook off a sluggish shooting performance in the opening half that saw them sitting with just nine points at halftime to rally back and take a five-point lead in the second half before dropping the overtime affair.
Wade Mason led OMA with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while James Hughes also dropped in 14 points.
Flint River girls 62, Oak Mountain 33: The Lady Warriors (11-1) suffered their first loss of the season, as Jessi Fuller scored 11 points and Meredith Sammon added nine.
Newnan boys 62, Villa Rica 60: The Wildcats (13-3, 5-2 Region 5-AAAAA) suffered their second loss in as many days after dropping a 62-47 region decision to Lithia Springs on Friday.
Villa Rica girls 77, Lithia Springs 73: On Friday, the Lady Wildcats (10-5, 5-2 Region 5-AAAAA) used a 54-point second half — including a 31-point third quarter — to rally past the Lady Lions for the region win.
Rhianna Warren and Kayland Crowder both poured in 21 points, while Britney Wright added 20 points and 10 rebounds.