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Rams' seasons over
Boys beat at the buzzer; girls fall to Stephenson

COVINGTON - The Newton boys were eliminated from advancing to the Class AAAAA playoffs by an improbable shot by Greenbrier's Bryan Andrews while the girls were also stopped in the their quest Wednesday night.

Greenbrier, a team that lost to Newton in both games of the regular season, won on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 52-50 victory.

The Stephenson Lady Jaguars did not have any trouble with the Lady Rams in their 47-32 win.

Greenbrier will play again at 5:30 p.m. Friday against the M.L. King/Redan winner.

The Lady Jaguars will face Douglass at 4 p.m. Friday.

BOYS

Greenbrier 52, Newton 50

Greenbrier came out avoiding the paint keeping the ball beyond the arc.

That strategy worked as they made six of their seven first baskets for 3-pointers.

They came out hitting shots, they shot a good percentage. You've got to give them a lot of credit. They outshot us," Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said.

The Rams tried to play their game but the ball was not falling on otherwise basic jumpers and layups, which allowed the Wolfpack to take a 26-18 lead.

"We were in a hole because we didn't shoot a good percentage. Guys who are capable of playing struggled some," Rasmussen said. "We missed a lot of close shots inside."

The Wolfpack extended their lead to 34-22 in the third quarter before the Rams began making a comeback.

Newton tied the game at 40 with 6:41 left to play after Jared Mann split a pair of free throws.

After trailing all game, the Rams took a 50-49 lead with 4.5 seconds left when Derrick Henry made both free throws.

However, Andrews was able to make the game-winning shot, eliminating the Rams.

"We took the lead, it came down to one shot at the buzzer," Rasmussen said. "You don't expect for a guy to hit a shot off one foot about 10 feet past the 3-point line and make it."

Henry led the field with 23 points. Jamon Hawkins scored eight for the Rams.

"Other then Derrick, no one else got on," Rasmussen said. "They scored here and there or in spurts, but we expect to get some production from our other players. Overall, we struggled with our shooting percentage. We shot in the 30s and they shot at 45 or 46 percent. It makes a difference."

GIRLS

Stephenson 47, Newton 32

Turnovers, along with Stephenson's height and aggressive play, were too much for the Lady Rams to handle.

Newton scored the first basket to take their only lead of the game.

The Lady Jaguars steadily extended their lead throughout the first half, taking a 30-19 edge into the locker room.

Newton held its own in the third period as the Lady Rams headed into the fourth frame trailing 40-30.

They had a chance to cut deep into Stephenson's lead in the fourth quarter as the Lady Jaguars only scored seven points.

But Newton's only points came with 3:30 left to play on a pair of Chaconna Marks free throws.

Newton was led in scoring by Sade Weaver (9), followed by Martice Hyman (7) and Ke Ke Gaither (6).

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.