Goggins helps lead Newnan girls to win
Newnan seniors Chaycie Goggins and Doniel Dean both put forth 20-plus point efforts on Saturday against Villa Rica. But only one of them was able to celebrate a victory.
The Lady Cougars, behind Goggins' game-high 22 points, were strongest at both the start and the finish of a 56-49 win over the host Lady Wildcats, jumping out to a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and putting together a final effort in the fourth after Villa Rica closed within a point.
Newnan's boys, however, weren't as fortunate in a 64-63 overtime loss where a free-throw by Villa Rica's Yassar El-Amin made the difference shortly after the Wildcat pulled his team even with a basket in the extra session.
It foiled a 25-point effort from Dean in a game where the Cougars fell apart after taking a 31-22 lead into halftime. El-Amin led four Villa Rica players in double figures with 17 points in the win.
The host Wildcats stormed out of the break to outscore Newnan 21-8 in the third quarter to take a six-point lead into the final period.
Diamond Jones added 15 points while Chris White and Immanuel Griggs had 10 and nine, respectively in a game where Newnan's starters battled foul trouble.
The Lady Cougars had better results at the finish despite watching Villa Rica's girls close to within 44-43 heading into the fourth quarter. But Goggins, who had eight points, two steals and a block in the opening period, scored the first points of the final period to put Newnan ahead 46-43 and teammate Makaila Horsley followed with a key 3-pointer during a seven point effort.
The Lady Cougars outrebounded Villa Rica 43-34 in the victory led by Bodecia Zachary's team-high 13 to go with her three points.
Destiny Parks finished with nine points and seven rebounds for Newnan's girls while guard Metryes Geter added six points and eight rebounds.
Newnan teams return to Region 3-AAAAAA play on Tuesday at home against Tri-Cities.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN SPLITS WITH LAGRANGE ACADEMY: Sara Bryan's three free-throws late in regulation helped force overtime and Kaley Grace's clutch 3-pointer in the extra session gave the Lady Lions a lead for good in a hard-fought 41-37 win over LaGrange Academy on the road Saturday.
Trinity's girls trailed for the bulk of three quarters, pulling within four to begin the fourth before Bryan helped tie it when she was fouled on a 3-pointer. She then took a pair of free throws off a technical with just over 10 seconds remaining.
Ashley Caldwell led the Lady Lions with 17 points and Bryan added 15 in the win. Grace had six for Trinity's girls, who are off until Thursday.
Trinity's boys dropped a 47-36 decision after taking a one-point lead into halftime. Host LaGrange outscored the Lions 19-11 in the final period despite 14 points from Daniel Jones and 11 from Christian Downs.