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Newton sweeps Eastside by double digits

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COVINGTON -- Two girls and three boys were in double figures scoring as Newton dominated Eastside in a county matchup on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles took an early lead and held it for a 46-34 win, while the boys never looked back from the first basket of the game in their 31-point, 60-29, win.

BOYS

Newton 60, Eastside 29

Eastside found it difficult to score as Chavis Williams hit his first field goal with 3:18 left in the opening period. However, by that time the Rams had put 12 points on the board and took a 19-2 lead after the first eight minute of play.

The second frame was not a friend for Eastside as Newton held a relaxing 29-7 lead. Setting the tone for the Rams offensively was Stephen Croone who, besides being a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, had 12 points. Croone was the leading scorer on the court with 16 points for his effort.

Things did not change in the second half for the struggling Eagles as it took Ben Miller, who with Williams and Michael Chapman had six points each, until the halfway point to score a basket to make the score 36-10 at that point.

Treyvon Francis led the Eagles in scoring with nine points as Curt Quinn (11) and Jalen Glover (12) each scored in double figures for the Rams.

Girls

Newton 46, Eastside 34

When the game started, it looked like the Lady Eagles were going to have their way as they put a lot of pressure on the Newton team. But the Lady Rams were able to counter the pressure with screens as the score went from 3-0 Eastside to 13-3 Newton.

"I think we were a lot more controlled this game. I think we made better decisions this game then we had in the past," Newton girls head coach Tiffani Johnson said.

Newton closed the first period leading 13-8 before extending their advantage to 28-15 at the half.

Keeping the Lady Eagles in the game was their free-throw shooting as a direct result of Newton fouls. Of Eastside's 15 points in the first half, 10 came from the line.

"They scored a lot of points from the free throw line. We're still working on playing aggressive and we get so intense," Johnson said. "We have to learn to control the speed and our hands. It's something we have to work on."

The Lady Eagles continued to score from the courtesy line as five of their 11 third-quarter points came from there. But it was not enough to threaten Newton.

Two players who made a difference for Newton were Mikola Burks and Precious Price. While both players were in double digits on the scoreboard, Burks with 15 and Price with 14, Burks also had 12 rebounds for a double-double.

"I think Precious did a great job. We've been on her to be more aggressive and look for more opportunities to score. I think she did that. She was confident," Johnson said. "Mikola made better decisions and she was able to convert on some of those."

Leading the Lady Rams with 11 points was Alexia Somerset followed by Rayneisha Clay and Jazmyn Jackson with four points each.

Staff photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-SmithEastside's Quindarrious Russell misses the block attempt as Newton's Stephen Croone slams the ball for a basket.

Newton's Precious Price (5)looks for a way around Eastside's Journee Stokes (23) in Saturday's game.