High School Basketball

Cougars knock off Chapel Hill to stay unbeaten

by Doug Gorman

alt

Doniel Dean drives between two Chapel Hill players on his way to the basket during a 29-point performance on Saturday while teammates Jannson Williams and Diamond Jones (20) look on. 


The Newnan boys basketball team won't have to worry about senior leadership thanks to a roster dotted with upperclassmen.

In its final game before next week's Thanksgiving break, the Cougars moved their record to 2-0 with a 78-50 victory over visiting Chapel Hill on Saturday at the Max Bass Athletic Complex.

Newnan's victory came less than 24 hours after defeating Lithia Springs.

Saturday its was senior Doniel Dean's turn to step up. The Cougars' guard finished the game with 29 points to lead all scorers.

Dean helped push the tempo against Chapel Hill creating several easy transition baskets en route to the team's victory.

He finished the game with two 3-point shots, including one behind mid-court as time expired to give the Cougars a 42-24 lead.

'It was a good effort,' Newnan head coach Rod Ladd said. 'Our seniors have put a lot of time in, so I am really pleased with the effort' Newnan's turned a close game early in the second quarter into a rout.

Isiah Houston's baskets early in the second quarter gave the Cougars a 19-15 lead.

Chapel Hill cut the lead to two points on its next trip down the floor, but that was as close as the Panthers came.

Newnan pulled away spreading the offensive wealth between five players en route to a 23-7 run to close out the second quarter.

The Cougars put distance between themselves and the Panthers scoring from both the inside and outside.

In addition to Dean's trey to close out the first half, Diamond Jones and Jannson Williams also drained 3-point jumpers to push Newnan's lead to double digits at the break.

In addition to Dean's double-digit performance, Jones connected on two 3-point shots and finished with 14 performance.

Terrance Hughes led Chapel Hill with 13 points. Brandon Peterson added 10.

Newnan built a 17-14 lead as Dean started his impressive performance by drawing fouls and hitting 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

Chapel Hill led early in the first period on a basket by Peterson to go up 11-8, but the Panthers' 3-point lead was as big as it would get. Newnan regrouped with a 9-3 run.

Newnan defense also took over in the second quarter limiting the Panthers to just three field goals over an eight-minute stretch.

One of Jones' 3-pointers in the second quarter pushed the Cougars out to 29-19 and the lead stayed at double digits the rest of the night.

'We just want to keep on getting better because our region is really strong,' Ladd said. 'We are going to keep on grinding and improving every time we take the court.'

Ladd can already see his team improving on the defensive end of the court in its two games.

'I thought we gave up too many points in transition against Lithia Springs, but we did a much better job this time,' Ladd said. 'My main point going after Friday was we can play a whole lot better on defense, and I think we did that.'




More Sports

Golf Digest

Local players among leaders at GSGA Four-Ball

Pairings comprised of local golfers remained in conten- tion during the second round of the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual Fo ... Read More


High School Soccer

Wild night ends in pair of tough losses for Northgate

Northgate soccer lineups came up empty in a Region 4-AAAAA showdown at Starr’s Mill, while teams from The Heritage School earned victo ... Read More


High School Baseball

Indians hang on, defeat South Cobb

East Coweta capped off a Region 3-AAAAAA sweep of South Cobb with a 5-3 win over the Eagles on Friday in Austell, building a five-run lead a ... Read More


Newnan lacrosse teams sweep Campbell

?Newnan swept an Area 1-AAAAAA lacrosse double-header at home on Friday with respective 13-1 and 8-4 boys and girls victories over Campbell ... Read More


High School Tennis

Lady Lions breeze to win over Bethlehem; Northgate sweeps

On a windy spring afternoon, Trinity Christian’s girls tennis team breezed through a Region 1-AAA victory on Friday at the Peachtree C ... Read More

High School Baseball

Teams prepare for stretch runs

Local high school baseball teams have nearly reached the halfway point of the season, and one thing is certain, East Coweta, Newnan and Nort ... Read More