High School Basketball
Comeback effort by Lady Cougars falls short against Creekside
by Doug Gorman
Newnan's girls basketball team ran out of magic Saturday inside the Max Bass Athletic Center.
Less than 24 hours after scoring at will and running away in a rout over Lithonia in the first day of its holiday tournament, the ball just didn't bounce in the Lady Cougars' favor while falling to Creekside 57-55.
Ayanna Harris had a chance to tie the game with a last-second shot, but after rolling around the rim, the ball dropped to the floor as time expired.
The miss ended Newnan's hopes to complete a comeback after trailing by 12 heading into the fourth quarter while getting balanced scoring among four players in double figures.
Down 48-36, Newnan chipped away at the lead with key shots in the final three minutes and outscoring Creekside 19-10 in the final period.
Makaila Horsley's 3-point shot cut Newnan's deficit to 51-47 and Metryes Geter twice helped pull her team within just two points including a driving layup to pull the Lady Cougars to within a 53-51 game.
Creekside was able to pull away at the line, with Danielle Maeweather hitting four consecutive free throws.
Newnan also was whistled for an intentional foul, but Creekside's freshman guard Taylor Barnett hit just one of her two attempts. The Lady Cougars got an additional break when the Lady Seminoles were called for an offensive foul on an ensuing inbound pass that kept their lead at three.
That allowed Geter to pull Newnan back to 56-55 during a team-high 15 point effort. Teammate Destani Parks caught fire after a slow first half and finished with 13 points to pace the offense while senior Chaycie Goggins scored the majority of her 12 points before halftime.
Barnett finished with 13 points to lead Creekside while Joi McCoughtry and Maeweather added 11 and 10, respectfully.
Creekside built its nine-point lead at the half thanks to scoring spurts in both quarters.
Newnan took its only lead of the game in the opening period on a basket by Parks to put the Lady Cougars ahead 10-9. But the Lady Seminoles outscored Newnan 7-2 from there to take a 16-12 lead into the second quarter.
Creekside pushed its advantage to double digits midway through the second quarter with a 10-0 run.
Barnett's basket gave Creekside a 30-17 lead with under a minute to go.
Newnan returns to action next Saturday at Villa Rica.
LADY SEMINOLES 57, LADY COUGARS 55 Creekside 1614 17 10-57 Newnan 12 7 17 19-55 Creekside–Barnett 13, Maeweather 10, Branch 2, Jackson 2, Neal 7, Thomas 4, Watkins 5, McCoughtry 11, Jones 3 Newnan- Geter 15, Parks 13, Goggins 12, Horsley 11, Harris 2, Baker 1, Bonner 1.