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Eastside girls notch first win; Newton boys smash Union Grove

The Eastside girls basketball team chalked up its first win of the season Friday night, collecting a 60-51 victory at Oconee County

Meanwhile, the Newton boys continued their impressive start to the 2008-09 campaign by steamrolling host Union Grove 71-45.

BOYS

Newton 71, Union Grove 45

At McDonough, the Rams (6-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA) put the game away in the first quarter, outscoring the Wolverines (4-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 2-AAAAA) 23-2 in the first quarter thanks to a combined six three-pointers from Jamon Hawkins and Tee Farley.

Hawkins, who finished with 18 points, 12 assists and three steals, hit four treys in the quarter, while Farley, who had 16 points, knocked down two.

Derrick Henry added 16 points for the Rams, including an 8-for-9 performance from the foul line.

"Absolutely, it was a great first quarter, one of the best we've had in my time at Newton," Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said. "On the road at their place, we made a real statement in the first quarter."

Newton, which is ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA, plays Tuesday at Stephenson.

Cedar Shoals 46, Heritage 33

At Athens, the Jaguars (2-6) snapped the Patriots' three-game winning streak.

Senior center Justin Jones paced Heritage (4-4) with a team-high 11 points.

Heritage entertains Winder-Barrow on Tuesday night.

GIRLS

Eastside 60, Oconee County 51

At Watkinsville, sophomore Raven Williams had a team-high 13 points as the Lady Eagles (1-2 overall, 1-1 in Region 8-AAA) chalked up their first win of the season.

J'Quyra Moncur-Blue added 12 points for Eastside, while Jade Cook finished with 10.

"I was pretty pleased with the way we played," Eastside coach Jason Grooms said. "I thought we executed well down the stretch and we did some good things in the fourth quarter. It's great to get your first region win of the season, and it's especially great to get it on the road."

Eastside returns to action Tuesday night at home against No. 1-ranked Franklin County.

Heritage 56,

Cedar Shoals 55

At Athens, senior guard Sarah Herrington tossed a game-high 20 points as the Lady Patriots (3-4) picked up their first win of the season against Region 8-AAAA competition.

Sophomore Giovanni Sims chipped in 17 points for the Heritage.

"We almost give it away at the end," Heritage coach Dave LaBarrie said. "We're still not playing well at the guard position, but were able to pull it out tonight. We've still got a lot of work to do.

"But it's good to win away from home, especially at Cedar Shoals, because it's a tough place to play."

Cedar Shoals (4-4) helped the Lady Patriots' cause by hitting only 5 of its 11 free-throw attempts in the final quarter.

Madison County 71,

Rockdale 45

At Danielsville, the Freeman sisters stole the show against for the Lady Red Raiders (7-1) against the Lady Bulldogs (1-7).

Miasia Burks tossed in a game-high 19 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who host Cedar Shoals on Tuesday.

Courtney Freeman scored 34 points in three quarters of play for Madison County, while her sister Kayla added 15.