High School Basketball

Newnan lineups earn wins in return from break

by Chris Goltermann

Newnan High’s boys basketball team showed signs of rust coming off a six-day layoff, while its varsity girls lineup looked raring to go upon its return to the Max Bass Athletic Center on Friday.

Both scenarios, however, managed to produce results in a pair of non-region victories.

The Lady Cougars opened a two-day tournament at home by running Lithonia up and down the floor for a convincing 52-18 win in a game that was well in hand by halftime.

Newnan’s girls built a comfortable 37-7 lead behind all 13 of Metryes Geter’s point total while among nine Lady Cougars contributing on the afternoon.

The girls wrap up the two-day event with a 3 p.m. game today against Creekside.

Newnan’s boys, meanwhile, survived its own struggles both on defense early and from the free-throw line late while using its 3-point shooting to finally get a hold of a 63-52 victory over visiting Spalding while improving its early-season record to 11-1 heading into today’s trip to New Manchester for a 4 p.m. game.

The Cougars, which got its biggest spark during the third quarter, finally were able to find some breathing room with a 13-1 run over the final 3:42 to take a 48-33 lead into the final period and held on despite shooting just 8 of 22 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Three 3-pointers from sophomore Kameron Grant from all points on the floor sparked the third-quarter run, as Newnan’s defensive pressure bowed up to finally hold Spalding to a single field-goal in the period after struggling to close driving lanes through the paint in the first half.

In all, four Cougars combined to sink 8 treys led by Grant’s three in the third to highlight a 14-point effort.

“He can shoot and we’re not afraid to let him,” said Newnan head boys coach Rod Ladd, calling the win, “sloppy.”

“I’m more concerned about our defense right now than our offense,” he added. “I thought we did a better job in the second half.”

With teams tied 29-29 after swapping five lead changes before halftime, offenses went in opposite directions.

As Newnan upped its defensive press for much of the second half, Spalding opened the third period cold while 1-for-5 from the field over the first two minutes, as Grant and the struggling Cougars managed to finally heat up.

An eight-point surge started with a hook shot from Isaiah Houston from a weird angle that bounced off the glass in a possible sign of relief for a 35-32 lead with 3:42 to go.

From there, Grant connected on consecutive 3-pointers, one from the baseline off a feed from Houston and another following a steal by Doniel Dean, who despite struggling to find his shot early, finished with a team-high 16 points in the win.

Following consecutive free throws by Anfeney Turner, Grant connected again, this time when Dean came off a screen and fed Grant along the opposite side of the baseline to push a 48-33 advantage.

Spalding, however, took advantage of Newnan’s struggles from the line in the final period, pulling to within six following a slam by Terrence Brittain with just over three minutes left. It eventually was trimmed to five with 1:30 to play when Brittain converted an offensive rebound en route to a 14-point effort.

Both Brittain and teammate Alex Bonner sparked the comeback, scoring 14 of Spalding’s 19 points in the fourth quarter. Bonner finished with a team-high 15 points.

After hitting just two of its first 12 shots from the line over the final eight minutes, Newnan closed by hitting the final four on a pair by Jones, who closed out a 10-point night, and Grant to finish off the Jaguars.

Houston finished with nine while Griggs had six after sitting out the first quarter.

NEWNAN GIRLS 52, LITHONIA 18: The Lady Cougars controlled the tempo throughout while jumping out to commanding leads of 16-2 and 37-7 after the opening two periods and holding the Lady Bulldogs to just two field goals through three quarters.

Newnan finished with 23 field goals to just five from Lithonia.

Jeter and center Bodecia Zachery paced the early lead while contributing 14 of the Lady Cougars’ first 16 points of the game. Ayanna Harris and O’Lexus Bonner carried the momentum from there with Bonner adding six of her seven points in the second quarter and Harris chiming in for half of her eight in the period.

Ahead by 30 at halftime, the lead eventually hit 40 following a 3-pointer from Dakota Harris to close the third quarter followed by Harris’ final field goal to open the fourth.

Lady Cougars 52, Lady Bulldogs 18

Lithonia 2 5 3 8 — 18

Newnan 16 21 11 4 — 52

Lithonia 18

Lanaia Rogers 0 3-10 3, Kailyn Geer 3 4-11 10, Destany Kilgore 0 0-2 0, Lakesha Ogletree 2 1-1 5, K. Stanton 0 0-0 0, D. Durham 0 0-0 0, Alanna Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 8-24 18.

Newnan 52

Metryes Geter 6 0-3 13, Bodecia Zackery 6 0-0 12, Ayana Harris 3 2-2 8, O’Lexus Bonner 3 1-2 7, Dakota Overton 1 0-0 3, Shakerra Geter 1 1-2 3, Nashara Baker 1 0-1 2, Chaycie Goggins 1 0-0 2, Makaila Horsley 1 0-0 2, Destani Parks 0 0-0 0, Shantrice Tenney 0 0-0 0, Shania Colton 0 0-0 0, Shy Moreland 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-10 52.

Cougars 63, Jaguars 52

Spalding 16 13 4 19 — 52

Newnan 12 17 19 15 — 63

Spalding 52

Alex Bonner 6 2-2 15, Terrence Brittain 5 3-5 14, Jaquarrian Berry 4 2-4 10, Xerious Dewberry 3 0-1 6, Trevon Payne 1 0-0 3, Omari O’Neal 1 0-0 2, Cornelius Henderson 1 0-0 2,, Marquez Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Brooks Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-12 52

Newnan (10-1) 63

Doniel Dean 5 5-10 16, Kameron Grant 4 2-4 14, Diamond Jones 3 2-2 10, Isaiah Houston 3 1-2 9, Immanuel Griggs 2 2-13 6, Chris Davis 2 0-1 4, Tonarius Portress 1 0-0 2, Anferney Turner 0 2-2 2, Chris Porter 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-34 63.

Halftime — Tied 29-29; 3-Point Goals — Spalding: 3 (Treyvon Payne 1, Alex Bonner 1, Terrance Brittain 1), Newnan 8 (Kameron Grant 3, Diamond Jones 2, Isaiah Houston 2, Doniel Dean 1).

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