High School Basketball
Newnan girls unable to withstand second-half surge
by Doug Gorman
The Carrollton Lady Trojans turned a six-point halftime lead into a 69-39 victory over Newnan in the non-region game Tuesday at the Max Bass Athletic Complex.
After taking a 33-27 lead into the locker room at the half, Carrollton turned up its offense on one end and played stingy defense on the other en route to the victory.
With the loss, the Lady Cougars fell to 0-3.
The Lady Trojans opened the second half on a 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. Newnan didn’t score its first points of the second half until 1:49 left in the third quarter.
Carrollton spread the offensive wealth against the Lady Cougars placing four players in double figures.
Brooklyn Emory led all scorers for the Lady Trojans, finishing the game with 24 points. Alecia North and T.J. Jackson each 12 and Kim McKinney tossed in 11.
Bodecia Zackery led Newnan with 9.
Jackson helped the Lady Trojans pull away in the in the first quarter with back-to-back 3-point shots. Her 2-point field goal late in the first quarter helped Carrollton take a 21-11 lead.
The Lady Cougars cut the margin back to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter, and played their best basketball of the game to open the second quarter.
Newnan went on 13-2 run at the 5:32 mark of the second quarter and grabbed its final lead of the game on a basket by Zackary to give the Lady Cougars a 24-23 lead.
After two ties, including its last when Destini Parks scored the score 27-27, McKinney, Emory and Alecia North each scored baskets to close out the first half for the Lady Trojans.
Carrollton threw the knockout punch when it stormed out of the gate to open the second half.
North and Emory each it three baskets in the third quarter before the Lady Cougars finally broke the drought.
O’lexus Bonner and Chaycie Goggins each hit a free throw in with under two minutes to go break the Lady Cougars scoring drought that last almost eight minutes.
Parks finished as the Lady Cougars second leading scorer, finishing with 9.
Bonner finished with five points for the Lady Cougars, including going 3 of 4 from the foul line.
The loss dropped Newnan to 0-3.
LADY TROJANS 69, LADY COUGARS 39
CARROLLTON 21 12 19 17--69
NEWNAN 14 13 4 8—39
CARROLTON—Robinson 7, North 12, Emory 24, Swint 3, Jackson 12, McKinney 11
NEWNAN—Colton 2, Goggins 4, Zackary 9, Goshay 6, Baker 4, Bonner 5, Parks 8, Geter 1