After leading by eight at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Lions (18-5, 11-1 Region 4-AAA) were outscored, 18-6, by Chapel Hill (20-3, 11-1) in the second quarter and 15-10 in the third quarter to put the game too far out of reach. Central did muster a comeback attempt in the fourth, but it wound up three points shy.
Brianna Cousins led Central with 15 points, with Wesli Simmons and Sherae Bonner adding 11 points each, while Chapel Hill’s Kaniesha Mixon scored a game-high 20 points.
The Lady Lions return home to face Callaway on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
In other prep basketball action from Friday night:
Gordon Lee boys 74, Mt. Zion 65 (2OT): The Eagles (9-13, 2-8 Region 6A-A) put up their best fight on the road, but ran out of steam in a nine-point, double-overtime loss against the Trojans.
T.K. Tuggle and Nathan Bernhardt were the leading scorers for the Eagles with 13 points each, as Tayon Farmer added 11 and Jason McCubbin chipped in with nine.
Christin Heritage boys 81, Temple 64: Trevor Shell’s 36-point, 14-rebound effort wasn’t enough for the Tigers (5-14). Briahous McPherson also reached double figures with 12 points.
Temple will open its new gym today at 5:30 p.m. against Chattahoochee County.
Oak Mountain girls 40, Furtah 38: The Lady Warriors picked up a two-point win, with Jessi Fuller getting a 19-point effort, while Jordan Francis added 10 points.
The first day of wrestling was a good one for the Villa Rica High School squad, as it placed six grapplers into today's Area 5-AAAAA semifinals with all 13 wrestlers still alive.
Michael Hurley at 106 pounds and Sam preston at 120 upset their No. 2 seeded and No. 3 seeded opponets, respectively, to reach the semifinals, while Josh Ivey (113), Tristan Ware (132), Maurice McGuire (170) and Demetris Flemister (195) also clinched a top-six spot.
The other seven wrestlers will open up in the consolation bracket, beginning at 9 a.m., still with a shot to place and finish in the top four to earn a spot in sectionals.
The Host Central High School wrestling team has three wrestlers still in competition for an Area 2-AAA title going into today’s tournament action.
Avery Ward at 120 pounds, along with Jarrett Thomas (152) and Joe Simpkins (182), reached the semifinals on Friday night, while five other Central grapplers are still in competition as three were knocked out — one due to injury.
Central currently sits seventh in the overall standings with 36 team points, while Sonoraville (93.5) leads, with Ringgold (88) and Rockmart (83) in second and third.
A trio of local swimmers from Oak Mountain Academy will be competing in the GISA State Meet at Georgia Tech today, with the action starting at 4 p.m.
Senior Sam Wall, seventh-grader Jewell Burson and sixth-grader Olivia Strickland are all hitting the water today, with Wall and Burson making repeat trips and Strickland swimming on the state stage for the first time. Wall is a four-time qualifier and this marks Burson’s second state appearance.
Wall is competing in the 50 and 200-yard freestyle events, while Burson is slated to swim the 50 and 100 freestyle, along with the 100 IM. Strickland is competing in the 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 100 IM.
Additionally, two other local Carrollton Bluefin swimmers that are competing with Heritage are Harper Minor and Charlie Minor, who are both swimming in three events.
The West Georgia Tech softball team opened its spring campaign with a blast, belting a pair of home runs in a 5-2 victory over Andrew College in the Golden Knights’ first game of the Darton College Tournament in Albany on Friday afternoon.
Kat Moreno connected on a three-run homer in the top of the second inning and Courtney Braswell delivered a solo dinger in the fifth to provide some insurance.
Braswell, a Central High School product, went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Moreno was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Katie Stone went 2-for-3.
Newcomer Blair Byrom pitched a complete game for WGTC, allowing just two runs on eight hits with four punchouts in seven innings of work.