Cougars use 27-point 4th quarter to power past Central-Carroll

The Newnan Cougars exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Central-Carroll Friday for a 66-54 victory on the road in a nonregion doubleheader. Newnan led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter and 27-20 at the half, before falling behind 41-39 heading into the final period.

The Lions rallied in the third quarter with some potent offense of its own, outscoring the Cougars 21-12.

But Newnan had the final say while getting some key baskets from Jake Kneidel down the stretch.

After Central missed its first two shots of the fourth quarter, Diamond Jones connected on a pair of free throws to tie the game at 41-41, only to see Lions player Elijah Ross score the next four points as Central regained a lead.

An extended drought from the field, despite a timeout by Newnan head coach Rod Ladd, finally ended with center Immanuel Griggs scoring a basket to pull the team back to within a 45-43 deficit, before Kneidel converted a steal for a basket that tied the game.

Newnan then took the lead for good, starting with lone free throws from Jones and Isaiah Houston en route to a team-higih 14-point effort.

Kneidel then added some distance with five unanswered points, the second on a 3-pointer off a Central turnover to push the Cougars further ahead 52-45.

The Cougars received balanced scoring with five players finishing in double figures, led by Isaiah Houston's 14 points.

Griggs paced the Cougars' victory, turning in a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Diamond Jones and Jannson Williams also added 12 points while Kneidel finished with 11.

Central was led by Johnkel Lewis' 20 points. Elijah Ross chipped in 17.

CENTRAL (girls) 52, NEWNAN 30: The Lady Cougars basketball team played from behind the whole night and dropped a 52-30 decision to Central-Carrollton in a non-region contest.

The Lady Lions outscored the Lady Cougars in the first three periods, building a 20-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Central stretched the lead to 34-13 at the end of the first half. The Lady Lions had to fend off the Lady Cougars in the second half, as the Lady Cougars played their best basketball of the game in the second half and were only outscored 18-17.

Despite the loss, Bodecia Zachary finished with a double-double, scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Metryes Geter added nine points and eight rebounds.

Central was paced by Sheare Bonner's 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine Thrash added 10 for Central.

Newnan swings back into action this afternoon when it entertains LaGrange at 1 p.m.

TRINITY 57, OAK MOUNTAIN 33 (girls): The Trinity Christian School girls basketball rallied for a 57-33 victory over Oak Mountain Academy Friday night in Carrollton.

Trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Lions caught fire over the final three quarters en route to the victory.

Trinity was led by Ashley Caldwell, who chased a triple-double during the victory with team highs in points (16) rebounds (10) to go with seven of her team's 15 steals.

Sara Bryan also added 15 points and six of Trinity's 15 assists.

Kaley Grace finished the game with 14 points.

Sirena Eller also had six points and five assists.

OAK MOUNTAIN (boys) 65, TRINITY 29: The Oak Mountain Academy boys basketball team built a 39-11 lead at the half against the Lions in GISA High School basketball action Friday night, and cruised to a 65-29 win.

Trinity's Daniel Jones led the way for the Lions with 10 points.

Lions teammate Jack Burke added 6.



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