High School Basketball
Newnan girls rally to top Northgate
by Doug Gorman
Newnan and Northgate girls basketball teams played with split personalities Tuesday at the Max Bass Athletic Complex.
In the end, the Lady Cougars took advantage of a dry spell by Northgate over the second and third-quarters en route to a 40-35 comeback victory.
Northgate jumped out to a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, and pushed it to 18-16 at the break, but a shooting slump that started in the second quarter extended into the third long enough to see Newnan’s girls battle back for a 27-24 lead to open the final period.
Newnan finished off Northgate down the stretch with free throws including four straight from Metryes Geter.
“We were able to finish the job,” said Newnan head coach LaVarrett Pearson. “Those free throws were big."
Geter led the way for the Lady Cougars with 19 points and Destani Parks added 10 for Newnan.
Katie Mitchell and Lyric Underwood each led Northgate with 11 points apiece as the Lady Vikings looked to be in control early by going on a 6-0 run to close out the opening period.
Rose Barrera pushed the Lady Vikings out to a 10-9 lead. Mitchell was fouled and hit both free throws and LeBlanc converted a basket late in the first period to close out the first-quarter scoring.
But Northgate hit just one field-goal in the second period and Geter drained a 3-pointer for Newnan to cut the Lady Viking lead to 18-16 at halftime.
Northgate then appeared ready to take control of the game in the opening minutes of the third quarter when Amber Radda save the ball from going out of bounds, knocked it back to Underwood under the basket and off the glass for an easy basket and a 24-19 lead.
From there, however, Northgate began its drought as Newnan closed out the third quarter on a run sparked by three straight 3-point shots starting with one from Parks.
Geter closed out the third quarter with one of her treys and hit free throws to give Newnan a 27-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“That third quarter killed us,” said Northgate head coach Matt Trucks. “We came out and we had a lead, and I told them we were going to have to amp up the pressure because we are in their gym. We just couldn’t run an offense. I am pleased with the hustle.”
Northgate rallied back the with four straight points from Ebonee Echols in the fourth quarter. Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left closed the gap to 37-34, but Newnan closed out in the end with free throws.
Pearson is hoping Newnan can use this victory to build some momentum.
“We needed this,” Pearson said. “Hopefully this is something we can learn from.”
LADY COUGARS 40, LADY VIKINGS 35
NORTHGATE 14 4 6 11—35
NEWNAN 9 7 11 13—40
NORTHGATE—Echols 8, Barrera 3, Leblanc 2, Mitchell 11, Underwood 11
NEWNAN—Parks 10, Colton 1, Horsley 4, Harris 1, Geter 19, Goshay 3, Baker 2