High School Basketball

Lady Cougars comeback falls short

by Doug Gorman

alt

Newnan’s Nashara Baker (23) battles for a rebound during Saturday’s game against LaGrange. The Lady Cougars battled back from 16 points down in the fourth quarter only to have a comeback effort fall short in a 49-46 loss to the Lady Grangers. 


It could have been the comeback of the season for the Newnan’s girls basketball team.

Trailing by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars clawed their way back only to fall 49-46 to LaGrange in a non-region game at the Max Bass Athletic Complex.

Newnan got back in the game with a full-court press that created several turnovers and nearly put LaGrange’s offense to sleep.

The Lady Grangers scored just five points in the final nine minutes.

LaGrange’s Andrea Heprin drilled a 3-point shot with 1:25 left in the third quarter to give the Lady Grangers a 44-23 lead, but it was the team’s last basket from the floor the rest of he game.

Destiny Parks helped pace the comeback for Newnan scoring 19 points. She was the only player to score in double figures for the Cougars.

Heprin and Erica Daniel led the Grangers with 13 each. Tucker Cheteya added 10.

Newnan took its only lead of the game at the end of the first quarter when Parks knocked down a 3-point shot to give Newnan a 10-9 lead.

The momentum didn’t last long as the Lady Grangers rolled into the second half with a 32-16 lead at the end of the second quarter.

LaGrange pushed the lead to 44-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Ayanna Harris and Chaycie Goggins struggly early from the floor, but came up with big baskets in the third quarter.

One from Harris late in the period after Heprin’s 3-pointer to start the Lady Cougars on their comeback trail.

Newnan’s press helped them create transition baskets during the comeback while also strong on the defensive glass, limiting the Lady Grangers to one shot on most trips down the floor in the second half.

Meanwhile baskets by Metryes Geter and Harris closed Newnan’s margin even further to 44-33.

Parks then showed she could it baskets from the inside or long-range.

Her 3-pointer with 6:01 left cut the gap to 44-36. It would stay at double-digits the rest of the way.

Parks added one more 3-point shot with 15 seconds to go to cut the lead to 49-46.

Newnan created five LaGrange turnovers in the final minute, but they couldn’t take advantage.

LADY GRANGERS 49, LADY COUGARS 46

LAGRANGE 9 22 10 8—49

NEWNAN 10 6 12 18—46

LAGRANGE—Tucker 10, Heprin 12, Daniel 13, Holt 8, Woodard 1, Dozier 5

NEWNAN—Bonner—3, Parks 19, Colton 6, Barker 1, Goggins 6, Harris, 5, Zackary 2, Geter 3











More Sports

High School Football

Bye week arrives for East Coweta, Newnan

The timing of this week's bye may differ for East Coweta and Newnan football teams, who have taken opposite roads through the start of the 2 ... Read More


High School Football

Central stays unbeaten in weather-delayed 74-point outing

Central Christian's stay in Prattville, Ala. for Friday night's football game was a lot longer than the Crusaders anticipated. But they made ... Read More


Lady Cougars finish 3-1 at Trojan Slam tournament

Newnan posted a 3-1 record in games played Friday and Saturday at the Trojan Slam in Carrollton. After falling to Bremen 5-2 to open the tou ... Read More


High School Football

In front of governor, Indians prove real deal in tough win at Whitewater

All signs appeared to point to something special in the air, even prior to the kickoff of Friday night’s East Coweta football game at ... Read More


High School Football

Cougars can’t find second effort again in loss to ranked Sandy Creek lineup

By MATTHEW PEARCE Special to the Newnan Times-Herald For the second consecutive week the Newnan Cougars had a 7-point game go awry in the ... Read More

High School Football

Hawks storm pass Young Americans

CONYERS — The Heritage School may have stayed until dawn to make sure Friday’s football game ended the right way, epecially afte ... Read More