High School Basketball
4th quarter spurt helps Newnan girls best Tri-Cities
by Doug Gorman
Less than 24 hours after falling to Westlake Friday night, the Newnan Lady Cougars returned to Region 3-AAAAAA action Saturday afternoon and knocked off visiting Tri-Cities 49-39.
It took a late fourth-quarter spurt for the Lady Cougars to finally pull away from the Lady Bulldogs en route to the win.
Tri-Cities cut Newnan’s lead to 37-35 early in the fourth quarter when Teirra Wortham hit a 3-point shot.
But the Lady Cougars closed out the game on an 11-2 run to improve their record to 2-2 in Region 3-AAAAAA and 6-13 overall.
Tri-Cities fell to 6-7 and remained winless in region play at 0-4.
Clutch free-throw shooting by Metryes Getter helped Newnan seal the victory after she stepped to the line and hit three of four attempts in the final 1:29.
“This was really a big win for us,” said Newnan head coach LaVarrett Pearson said. “Those free throws were huge.”
Newnan spread its offensive wealth with three players finishing in double figures en route to the win.
Makaila Horsley led the way with 12 points and Chaycie Goggins and Nashara Baker each had 11.
Horsley added two 3-point shots for the Lady Bulldogs, hitting one trey in the first quarter and adding one in the third period.
She also hit four of five free throws in the fourth quarter.
Newnan went to the line 12 times in the final eight minutes and converted 8 of 12 attempts
Two players for Tri-Cities ended the day in double figures. Pershaia Callaway finishing with 12 points and Sheirra Stokes adding 10 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Newnan’s Baker stepped up early in the third quarter when she converted an old-fashioned three-pointer, hitting the shot and then making the free throw to give Newnan a 32-25 lead, Tri-Cities closed the gap to three heading into the final period when Callaway and Wortham each hit two free throws for the Lady Bulldogs.
Newnan led 25-23 at the end of the first half, pulling away from Tri-Cities at in the second quarter pulling ahead by as many as six points twice while trying to break free of a 12-12 tie after one period.
Baker and Ayanna Harris each hit free throws in the second period to help Newnan put some distance between them and the Lady Bulldogs, but Tri-Cities kept coming back twice cutting the lead two points and tying the contest when Sheirra Stokes hit a pair of free throws to even the score at 23-23.
Newnan retook the lead at the break when Shy Moreland and Coggins hit one free throw each to send the Lady Cougars into the break with a 2-point lead.
LADY COUGARS 49, LADY BULLDOGS 39
TRI-CITIES 12 11 9 7—39
NEWNAN 12 13 10 14—49
TRI-CITIES—Worthan 9, Callaway 12, Stokes 10, Lane 8
NEWNAN—Horsley 12 Goggins 11, Baker 11, Geter 9, Parks 5, Moreland 1