Chapel Hill’s girls’ team led 21-7 after the first eight minutes of play and continued to dominate from their. They outscored Jackson 15-9 in the second quarter, 10-8 in the third, and 17-6 in the fourth.
“I was very pleased with our defense and our defensive pressure,” said CHHS coach Scott Long. “We had a good shooting night and played intense, yet loose.”
Earnicia Washington led the Lady Panthers with 20 points, eight rebounds, and eight steals. Ashley Chestnut followed with 11 points and four assists. Erica Jones scored six points and added eight rebounds. Jazmine Lawrence grabbed nine boards.
In the boys game, Chapel Hill went up 11-8 in the first quarter and 23-21 in the second. However, the team struggled out of the gate in the second half and trailed 40-32 at the end of the third.
The Panthers fought back in the fourth and with a minute to go had cut the deficit to five. They were down by one with six seconds remaining when Logan Johnson threw an ally-oop in-bounds pass to Jaymarius to seal the victory.
“I was excited and proud of the boys,” said CHHS assistant coach Forrest Johnstone. “We played good, solid defense, and battled back late for the win.”
Turner led the team with 19 points. Efe Balfour followed with 12.
Alexander at Troup
Alexander traveled to Troup High School on Friday to take on a 5-AAAA region opponent. The Lady Cougars dominated the opening game, winning 71-22. The boys went down double-digits early in their game and could not fight all the way back for a 71-62 loss.
The AHS girls went up 17-6 after the first quarter and led 37-13 at the half. They were up 57-19 at the end of the third.
“We played really well and did not make many turnovers,” said AHS coach Marcy Camp. “I wish we played like this when we have big games. We came together and played like a team.”
Claudia Hester led Alexander with 17 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Molly Brown finished with 16 points, putting her just 35 away from the career milestone of 1,000, which Camp hopes she can reach at home on Tuesday, with a game also today. Brittany Edenfield rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Lady Cougars with 10 points.
In the boys game, Alexander trailed by as much as 16 in the first quarter and at the end of the opening eight minutes, were behind 19-8. They were down 35-40 at halftime and 45-43 at the end of the third.
“They got off to a great start and we dug ourselves in a hole,” said AHS coach Jason Slate. “We had a bad stretch there right in the middle of the fourth quarter and had to start fouling them and they made their free throws.”
Lemarcus Frazier led the offense for the Cougars with 19 points. Mikell Lands followed with 15 and Mawuenyega added 13.
New Manchester at Hiram
New Manchester took on 5-AAAAA region opponent Hiram on Friday. The Lady Jags opened the series with a heartbreaking 35-32 loss. The Jaguar boys defeated the Hornets 68-54.
After trailing 9-5 and 21-9 in the first two quarters, the New Manchester girls fought back into the game in the third, outscoring the Lady Hornets 17-6.
In the fourth quarter the game was tied with a minute to go when Hiram came down and went up by two. The Lady Jags came down the floor looking to convert but missed their opportunity and were forced to foul. After a free throw by the Lady Hornets, New Manchester had one more opportunity with 10 seconds remaining but could not get off the shot.
“We came out and played really well defensively but could not get anything to fall early,” said NMHS coach Josh Martin. “For the first time this season we came out in the third and played well. We got some turnovers and made some shots but at the end our youth hurt us.”
Deesha Brefford led the Lady Jags with 11 points. Deshauna Smith followed with 10.
In the boys game, New Manchester trailed 17-13 after the first quarter but cut the deficit to one by the half. A 20-11 third quarter gave the Jags a 44-36 advantage. They outscored Hiram 24-18 in the final quarter for the win.
Keymont Jenkins led New Manchester with 22 points. Nashon Dorch followed with 16.
“Keymont and Nashon really stepped up in a big way, not just scoring but also with their confidence,” said NMHS coach David Cottrell. “We played hard for 32 minutes and it was a complete effort.”
Douglas County at Westlake
Douglas County’s basketball teams traveled to Westlake on Friday. The DC girls opened with an overtime thriller, pulling out a last second 65-63 victory. Because of OT, boys game information was not available by deadline.
The DC girls got off to a slow start, trailing 26-15 after the first quarter. They were behind by 11 at the half and seven after three quarters. In the fourth, the Lady Tigers tied the game at 55-55 to send it into overtime.
In OT, Westlake tied the game with a three pointer, giving DC the ball with eight seconds on the clock. Santasia Faust got the ball with just seconds remaining and hit a layup for the victory.
“We started slowly defensively and were not doing what we were supposed to do in the 2-2-1 press,” said DC coach Chet Forsh. “We switched to man in the second half and played better.”
Faust led the team with 24 points. Amadi Brooks added 15 and Maya Benham netted eight.