Teams head into the break, hoping for some momentum

Thu, 12/20/2007 - 10:54am
By: Kevin Wandra

It was mostly a productive weekend for the local basketball teams, which picked up some key wins in their respective regions.

The McIntosh boys and girls were victorious at home Saturday, beating Eastside.
The Chiefs barely edged Eastside, 55-53 Saturday, while the Lady Chiefs defeated Eastside 43-30.

McIntosh’s boys led 36-23 at halftime, but it needed clutch plays from Jake Tanis and Jeremy Lampkin down the stretch to hold off Eastside.
Tanis sank two free throws with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put McIntosh ahead 55-51. After Eastside nailed a contested shot to pull within two, Lampkin came through with the defensive play of the game, deflecting a desperation inbounds pass just before time expired.

Cameron Rich led McIntosh with 16 points. Chubb added 10, and he was a defensive force, swatting numerous shots.

The Lady Chiefs were led by Erin Justice (17 points) and Olivia Brasch (nine).

Starr’s Mill’s boys picked up their second win in a week, 62-54 over Region 2-AAAA rival Woodward Academy. The Panthers lost the following night, 68-57 to East Coweta.
The Lady Panthers lost to Woodward Friday, but they recovered with a victory Saturday, 50-42 over East Coweta.

Marie Jubb had 14 points against East Coweta to lead Starr’s Mill along with six rebounds and three steals, while Marissa Ring had 12 points and Alexis Shaffer had eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

The Sandy Creek Patriots had a terrific weekend, winning the two Region 6-AAA games it played, 73-69 over Cedartown and 56-54 over Carrollton.
The Lady Patriots split their two region games, defeating Cedartown 49-34 and losing to Carrollton 46-28.

The Our Lady of Mercy boys lost to Greenforest Christian 77-58 Friday.

Westlake’s girls and boys teams routed Whitewater Friday.

The eighth-ranked Westlake Lady Lions handed the Lady Wildcats their worst loss of the season, 46-9, and the second-ranked Westlake Lions completed the sweep with a 73-35 victory over the overmatched Wildcats Friday in Region 2-AAAA action in Fayetteville.

The boys game was essentially over by halftime, with Westlake holding a commanding 38-15 lead.
Raymond Willis, an Oklahoma signee, carried Westlake in the first half, scoring 15 of his game-high 19 points. Willis consistently took the ball to the rim, using his height (6-6), reach and quickness to score easily against Whitewater.

An 11-2 Westlake run to open the third quarter was an ominous sign of things to come for the Wildcats. Westlake continued to pile on the points in the second half, leading by as many as 41 points late in the fourth quarter.

Westlake had two players score in double figures, Willis and Gideon Gamble (11 points).
Whitewater’s leading scorers were Jamal Washington (15 points) and Tom Bohrer (nine).
The girls game was close for a quarter; Westlake held a 13-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

By the end of the first half, Westlake’s lead had reached double digits, 24-4.
The Lady Lions went on to outscore Whitewater 22-5 the rest of the way. Westlake’s size — it deployed two players who are taller than 6 feet, Aarika Howard (6-2) and Tamika Willis (6-1) — speed and aggressiveness were too much for Whitewater.

Westlake’s immense depth also played a significant role in the victory; eleven different players scored for the Lady Lions, who were led by Willis’ nine points.

Katie McCreary, Kelsey Bowman, Kait Loewecke and Tori Murray each scored two points to lead Whitewater.

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