Local teams return to basketball court tonight

by Doug Gorman

There's not always too much down time for high school basketball teams during Christmas vacation.

Practices, tournaments, and usually some-non-region games fill up a squad's calendar during the two-week hiatus from the classroom.

The Northgate girls stayed busy in an attempt to get better, playing four contests during the break and going 2-2, including playing in a tournament at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.

The Lady Vikings dropped the first two games during the holidays, falling 40-35 to Newnan and 50-32 to Eagle's Landing Christian, but they are currently riding a two-game winning streak with a 49-22 victory over Social Circle and a 44-40 victory over North Cobb Christian.

Those victories came in the Strong Rock Tournament.

It was exactly what head coach Matt Trucks was looking from the tournament.

'We are pleased to have gotten two wins out the tournament,' Trucks said. 'We wanted to go over there and get as many people as we could on the floor. Now, our goals are the same, we want to make a run at the region, and finish with a winning record.'

Tonight, the Lady Vikings get back in action when they host McIntosh in their first Region 4B-AAAAA game of the year starting at 6 p.m.

A victory over the Lady Chiefs (6-6) will move the Lady Vikings (6-7) back over the .500 mark.

McIntosh recently had a three-game winning streak, snapped by Decatur in a 42-25 loss.

Northgate's boys enter tonight at 5-6 overall, while McIntosh is 9-4. The Chiefs most recently knocked off East Coweta 78-54 on Monday in LaGrange.

The Vikings have picked up some recent wins beating Our Lady of Mercy, 69-48 and Strong Rock 69-43.

REMATCH AHEAD FOR EAST COWETA: East Coweta and Sandy Creek complete a home-and-home non-region series tonight in Sharpsburg at John Thrower Gym after playing at Tyrone in November.

Both East Coweta squads are hoping for a better outcome.

In girls action, Sandy Creek won the first meeting 56-28, while the Patriots easily captured the boys game 78-59.

Despite falling to the Lady Patriots, East Coweta has enjoyed some early success.

After replacing long-time coach Paula Jones, who retired after last season, new coach Jared Waggoner's Lady Indians have won more than they have lost and move into tonight's non-region game against Sandy Creek with a 6-3 record.

Among the the Lady Indians' biggest victories this year include a 44-34 decision over South Paulding, a 51-33 win over LaGrange and a 64-47 win over Tri-Cities in a Region 3-AAAAAA contest.

The Indians lost to McIntosh 78-54 on Monday.

HERITAGE SCHOOL TRAVELS TO MACON: The Heritage School, fresh off its host Christmas tournament heads to play Stratford Academy in a non-region doubleheader in Macon. The boys game between the Hawks (5-1) and the Eagles (7-1) is a matchup between one-loss teams.

The Lady Hawks (8-1) also have only lost one game heading into tonight's trip to play an 8-2 Stratford lineup.

Other local schools will wait until Saturday to resume the 2013-14 season with Newnan traveling to Villa Rica, Trinity Christian heading to LaGrange Academy.

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