High School Tennis

Lady Cougars fall 3-2 in second round

Mother Nature seemed as cruel for Newnan’s girls tennis team on the final day of the 2014 season as she was when it opened in February.

A year that began with a washed out home opener due to rain ended with the conclusion of a weather-delayed second-round match in the Class AAAAAA tournament at home with North Cobb.

Except it didn’t end there.

Monday’s storms arrived just in time to interrupt senior Caroline Davis’ rhythm in a conclusive No. 3 singles match after both the Lady Cougars and Lady Warriors split the first four 2-2.

With her opponent cramping on the court, Davis led a tiebreaker 3-2 after rallying back to split the first two sets 4-6, 6-2. The match, however, was forced to continue on Tuesday at the Peachtree Tennis Center. Refreshed, the North Cobb player and Davis proceeded to trade five consecutive points before the Lady Warrior pulled away to win 7-5.

“We were in a pretty good position there and then the bottom fell out [Monday] with the rain,” said Newnan head coach Hap Hines. “We played by USTA rules and we have to respect that. We may not be going to the Elite 8, but I can speak that I have some of the best kids who play with class. They’ve had a wonderful year. I hate that it had to end this way. But [seniors] Emily Ferguson, Caroline Davis and Gray Griffies have done a lot for Newnan tennis.”

Monday’s portion of the match saw the Lady Cougars, who finished as Region 3-AAAAAA runner-up hold their own against a North Cobb team that placed fourth out of a deep 4-AAAAAA alignment.

Carly Griffies evened the match at 1-1 at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in what Hines called “her best match all year.”

Ansley Knight and Ferguson kept the match tied 2-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 2 doubles.




More Sports

11 Quintessentials qualify for AAU Junior Olympics

When the Quintessentials Track and Field team from Coweta heads to Norfolk, Va., later this month for the AAU Junior Olympics, they are goin ... Read More


Local Racing

Armisteads celebrate Father's Day weekend with wins

Joe Armistead, Jr. and son Joey celebrated Father's Day early last week as the father/ son duo won their respective divisions racing action ... Read More


Thursday Thunder

Johnson gets first win of year in Masters Division

Senioa driver Tina Johnson raced to the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Thursday Thunder's Masters/ Pro Division this week. John ... Read More


Newnan's Williams commits to Marshall

Newnan High 6-foot-9 center Jannson Williams still has one more season to play with the Cougars, but the All-County selection has taken the ... Read More


Basketball

Former Indian Madarious Gibbs showcasing skills in China

Former East Coweta standout Madarious Gibbs is using his basketball talents to see the world this summer. Although Gibbs finished his colleg ... Read More