High School Basketball

Lady Cougars comeback falls short

by Doug Gorman


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.


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

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