Basketball teams enter the home stretch

Fri, 02/02/2007 - 10:48am
By: Michael Boylan

By this point next week, teams will be heading into their final game of the regular season. Each game has significance for every team, whether they are firmly established with a good standing or they are a team looking for some momentum heading into the most important part of the season. Coaches want to see their team performing at their peak and players are looking for that confidence and swagger that can help drive them in those huge tournament games.
Tuesday night’s basketball action saw some good things happen for local teams.

Our Lady of Mercy’s boys (16-6, 5-5 region) completed their season sweep of Landmark Christian (7-15, 5-5 region) with a 60-56 win. The Bobcats trailed for much of the game, tied it with six minutes remaining, took their final lead with 16.8 seconds left and hung on for the win. Nick Hood led Our Lady of Mercy with 12 points, while Buck Caldwell chipped in nine. Landmark’s Jacob Fasci led all scorers with 15 points and teammate Matt Thornton added 12 points. On the girls’ side, Landmark (21-2, 9-1 region) wrapped up their season sweep of the Lady Bobcats (12-10, 4-6 region) with a 62-37 win. The win tied a school record for wins in a season, which was set by last year’s squad. Christian Hunnicutt scored 21 points for Landmark and Jo’el Christian added 14 points.

Landmark has two games remaining on their schedule; a home game tonight with Southwest Atlanta Christian and an away game on Tuesday at Whitefield Academy. The SACA girls were the only team to hand Landmark a region loss this season. Our Lady of Mercy has three games remaining; at Greenforest Christian tonight, vs. Southwest Atlanta Christian on Tuesday and at Galloway next Friday.

Continuing the theme of splits on Tuesday, Starr’s Mill’s Lady Panthers (9-13, 5-8 region) defeated Creekside(8-13, 5-9 region) 41-40, while the boys (1-20, 0-12 region) lost 63-49. The Panthers had three players in double digits; Paul Vogel with 14 points, Jordan Jones with 13 and Jared Rose with 11. Starr’s Mill will close out the season with a game at Woodward tonight, vs. Westlake on Tuesday and vs. Northgate next Friday.

Whitewater’s boys (14-8, 8-5 region) beat Woodward Academy 66-54, while the Lady Wildcats (3-19, 1-12 region) lost 64-39. The boys were led by 21 points and 13 rebounds from Zach Scurry, while Jay Bright added 18 points and seven rebounds, Stephen Sargent added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Kevin Lewallen added nine points and six assists. Whitewater will wrap up their season with games against Westlake at home tonight, at Northgate on Tuesday and vs. Fayette County next Friday.

There were also several sweeps on Tuesday.
East Coweta’s boys and girls lost to Mundy’s Mill. The Lady Indians (7-15, 4-7 region) lost 51-27 and the boys (8-11, 3-8 region) were defeated 71-52. Mario Ford had 19 points for the Indians in the loss. East Coweta ends their season with a non-region game at Fayette County tonight and home games against Northgate, also a non-region contest, on Saturday and Paulding County on Tuesday.

Northgate’s boys and girls took on Fayette County and lost both games. The Lady Vikings (6-11, 3-9 region) fell 42-32 and the boys (3-14, 1-11 region) lost 74-33. The Tigers were led by 27 points from Noel Johnson and 15 points, eight assists and eight steals from Brandon Boykin, while Northgate was led by 12 points from Justin Linvelle. In the girls’ game, the Lady Tigers (14-6, 11-3 region) got 19 points from Kristene Walker and 14 points from Tessah Holt, while Natalie Pluskota scored 13 for Northgate and Sarah Spiller chipped in 11.
After tonight’s game with East Coweta, Fayette County plays at Banneker on Tuesday before next Friday’s game at Whitewater. Northgate takes on Banneker tonight, East Coweta on the road tomorrow, Whitewater at home on Tuesday and Starr’s Mill on the road next Friday.

Sandy Creek’s boys (16-5, 8-3 region) beat Cass 73-54 and the Lady Patriots (18-3, 9-2 region) won 46-42. The girls were led by 14 points and 15 rebounds from Lynsey Paschal, while Jenna Jackson added 11 points. Sandy Creek plays at Haralson County tonight, at Central, Carroll on Tuesday and at home against Villa Rica on Friday.

McIntosh was off on Tuesday. They will wrap up the regular season with games at Creekside tonight, vs. Woodward Academy on Tuesday and at Westlake next Friday. The Lady Chiefs are 14-7 overall with an 8-5 region record, while the boys are 9-12 overall with a 6-7 region record.

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