McIntosh and Sandy Creek boys stay hot in region contests

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 1:24pm
By: The Citizen

The McIntosh Chiefs are quickly becoming the sleeper team to look out for in Region 2-AAAA.

The McIntosh boys (11-7, 7-6 region) took advantage of their huge size advantage and depth to win their third consecutive game Friday, 62-31 over region rival Starr’s Mill (5-16, 4-8 region) in front of a jam-packed crowd at the Panther Pit in Fayetteville.

The Lady Chiefs (9-9, 5-8 region) won their second straight game, completing a season sweep of the Lady Panthers (9-8, 4-8 region) in the early game with a 42-25 victory.

The Chiefs controlled the tempo from start to finish in the boys game. They played an up-tempo offense, establishing themselves inside early, and scored their first 10 points in the paint.
McIntosh’s effectiveness inside opened up its outside game, particularly for shooting guard Cameron Rich, who ended the quarter with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer and drained back-to-back 3-pointers to begin the second quarter.

The Chiefs led by double digits from the end of the first quarter until the game came concluded. McIntosh led by as many as 31 points in the fourth quarter.

Rich scored a team-high 11 points, Patrick Michel added nine and Robert Chubb and Dean Benson both scored seven for McIntosh (11-6, 7-6 region).

Justin Smith scored 12 points to lead Starr’s Mill (5-15, 4-8 region).

The girls came was close until late in the second quarter, when McIntosh began to pull away, taking a double-digit lead (21-11) on two free throws from Erin Justice.

McIntosh (8-9, 5-8 region) continued to lead by double digits for almost the entire third quarter and the entire fourth quarter. Three free throws by Morgan McCrory handed McIntosh its largest lead of the game, 40-23, with 1:07 to go.

Starr’s Mill’s Marissa Ring led all scorers with 16 points. She was 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

Justice scored 10 points, McCrory had seven and Olivia Tucker added six for the Lady Chiefs.
McIntosh will host Creekside on Friday and Starr’s Mill will host Woodward Academy.

Despite 30 points from Brandon Boykin and 20 points from Noel Johnson, the Fayette County Tigers (14-8, 10-3 region) once again came up short against the Westlake Lions, the top-ranked team in Class AAAA, 64-59. Outside of Boykin and Johnson, no Fayette County player scored more than three points in the loss. Boykin added eight rebounds and five steals, while Johnson added 11 rebounds.

The Fayette County Lady Tigers (16-5, 11-2 region) also lost to Westlake, ranked fifth in Class AAAA, on Friday, 68-61. Tessah Holt led Fayette County with 20 points, while Kristene Walker added 18 points and Anma Onyeuku added 16. Both of their region losses have come against Westlake.

Fayette County is off this Friday.

Whitewater’s boys and girls took on Creekside last Friday. The Lady Wildcats (7-15, 1-11 region) lost 54-37 and the boys (4-17, 2-10 region) lost 73-49.

Whitewater hosts Westlake this Friday.

Sandy Creek’s boys (14-7, 10-0 region) maintained their perfect region record over the weekend with wins over Carrollton, 79-71, and Cedartown, 71-39. Against Carrollton, Blake Brewer scored 23 points and added five rebounds and four assists, while Sean Rowe added 13 points and Malcolm Jackson added 11 points. Jackson had 23 points against Cedartown, while Brewer added 15 points and Tracy Campbell added 12 points. Saturday’s win was their fourth win in a row.

Sandy Creek’s girls (16-4, 8-2 region), ranked seventh in Class AAA, fell to Carrollton 57-42 on Friday but bounced back on Saturday with a 51-37 win over Cedartown. Morgan Toles and Kenneshia Rich led the Lady Patriots in scoring in the loss to Carrollton with 16 points each. Toles added eight assists and Rich scored 12 of her points from three-pointers. Against Cedartown, Kafi Hemphill scored 10 points, while Rich added nine and Toles added eight.
Sandy Creek will host Haralson County this Friday.

Our Lady of Mercy has hosted three games since last Tuesday’s sweep at the hands of Starr’s Mill. The results have been mixed.

The boys lost to a surging Whitefield Academy team, ranked third in Class A, 75-57 on Friday but followed it with a 68-43 win over Fellowship Christian on Saturday. Jake Lethbridge and Nnamdi Moh both scored 11 points, while Dominique McDermott added 10 against Whitefield. On Saturday, Richie Obiora scored 15 points, while Robert Caruso chipped in with 14 and Jeffrey Obiora and McDermott both added 10. The loss to Whitefield was their fourth region loss, while the win over Fellowship makes them 7-0 against teams from the other sub-region in 5-A.
On Monday evening, the Bobcats lost to Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, ranked 10th in Class A, 69-65. They played at Landmark Christian last night after the paper went to press.

The Lady Bobcats (5-10, 4-5 region) lost a heartbreaker to Whitefield on Friday, 38-35, with Camille Thompson leading Our Lady of Mercy with 14 points. The girls lost to Fellowship Christian on Saturday, 29-22, with Kelly Tolcher leading the team with 12 points but bounced back with a 50-34 win over Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy on Monday. Alexandria Miles scored 17 points and had 14 rebounds, and Katie Bischoff chipped in with 12 points for the Lady Bobcats.

Landmark Christian’s girls (18-1, 9-0 region), ranked fourth in Class A, faced W.D. Mohammed last Thursday and won big, 60-22, while their game against Bremen on Saturday was the closest margin of victory since a Dec. 21 overtime win over Alexander. Against W.D. Mohammed, Diamond Hunnicutt had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, while Joe’l Christian added 14 points and six assists and Tiffany Hall added 14 points and six steals. Dee Terrell added 12 pts and two steals and Jocelyn McGarrah recorded four points and five steals. In the Bremen game, Hunicutt scored 16 points, while Terrell added 13.

The Landmark boys (6-9, 0-7 region) picked up another win by defeating Bremen 66-46. Walt Lenard and Matt Thornton led the team in scoring, while Levi Throckmorton led the team in rebounds.

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