Region 3-AAAAAA Basketball

Lady Cougars end state playoff drought, finish as No. 4 seed

by Doug Gorman

Newnan's girls basketball team may feel disappointed about Tuesday's finish at the Region 3-AAAAAA basketball tournament.

But the Lady Cougars won't be putting the basketballs back into storage either.

Despite falling to third-seeded Langston Hughes 57-26 in Tuesday's third-place game, Newnan is headed to the Class AAAAAA state tournament for the first time in school history after snapping a six-year postseason drought with its win over rival East Coweta.

The last time the Lady Cougars advanced this far, it was when Newnan was still a Class AAAAA school in 2007-08.

Unable to maintain an early 5-2 lead against No. 3 seed Langston Hughes (22-5), Newnan had to settle for a fourth-place finish out of Region 3-AAAAAA and will travel to 1-AAAAAA champion Lowndes in this weekend's first-round state playoff game to be played either Friday or Saturday.

Following its 46-44 win over rival East Coweta behind a final go-ahead basket by guard Metryes Geter and a 60-27 loss to top-seeded Westlake on Monday, the Lady Cougars ran out of steam in the last of three tournament games at Tri-Cities.

Unlike the victory over East Coweta, where Geter gave Newnan its only lead of the game in the closing seconds, the Lady Cougars found themselves leading early against Hughes before having the floor pulled out from beneath them.

The Lady Panthers used a 24-5 run to the half for a 16-point lead and never looked back.

Newnan took its early 5-2 lead on baskets by Geter and and Destani Parks, but it didn't take the Lady Panthers much longer to get hot.

Langston Hughes went on a 14-0 run paced by the play of Destiny Taylor who scored eight points in the second quarter, hitting two 3-pointers.

Despite its two early field goals, Newnan connected on just five shots from the field while unable to connect again until late in the third quarter.

Bodecia Zackery broke the drought for Newnan with a basket to cut the Lady Panthers' lead to 41-13.

After falling behind 48-14 at the end of the third quarter, Newnan played its best basketball in the final eight minutes, scoring 12 points.

Baskets by Geter and Shakera Geter helped pace the offense.

Parks also converted all four free throw attempts in the period to finish with a team-high 11 points. Chaycie Goggins added six, all coming from the free-throw line...

Taylor and Jharna Alston each led Langston Hughes with 10 points apiece.

Lowndes (18-8) wrapped up its region title last week with a 72-66 win over Brunswick.

Lady Panthers 57, Lady Cougars 26 Newnan 5 5 4 12-26 Hughes 11 15 22 9-57



More Sports

MOAB grapplers win gold at NAGA state championships

By CHRIS GOLTERMANN cgoltermann@newnan.com Athletes representing MOAB Fighting Concepts in Newnan had a steady hold of more than their opp ... Read More


Local Racing

Johnson in contention heading into final race of season tonight at AMS

By DOUG GORMAN dgorman@newnan.com The final week of the Thursday Thunder racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway is expected to generate p ... Read More


Pluskota captures doubles title at Evansville ITF event

Former Tennessee All-American and Northgate High tennis standout Natalie Pluskota and her partner Brooke Austin captured the a doubles champ ... Read More


Swords barely misses cut at USGA Girls Amateur

Newnan golfer Annie Swords was unable to hang around for match play at this year’s USGA Girls Amateur. While making her third trip in ... Read More


Area Golf Digest

Cameron Daniel wins division at Hurricane Junior event

Cameron Daniel kept a title close to home as the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted a two-day tournament last weekend at Canongate-on-White O ... Read More

Area triathlete training to compete in XTERRA World Championships

When Robbie Dunlap is on his mountain bike, running long distances or diving into the water for a swim, he is in a world of his own. The 23- ... Read More