The Rockdale basketball teams got off to a fine start last Saturday in Gwinnett County.
The boys, who reached the Class AAAA state championship game a year ago, held off Collins Hill, 85-82 in overtime. Guard C.J. Wilson, one of the top players in Region 8-AAAA, led the way with 29 points, while Charles Moore added 22 and David Jelks grabbed 14 rebounds to go along with seven points and a pair of blocked shots.
In the first game of the day, the girls got new head coach Sherri Williams a win in her debut, defeating the host Eagles 55-44 behind 18 points from Breanna Richardson.
Williams said the road trip to start the season did not affect her veteran team.
“It’s nice to get a win,” said Williams. “I feel the girls have adjusted to the offense and defense that we’re bringing to them and that going on the road was not going to be a problem.”
Kree Clark chipped in with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Brianna Lawrence, who on Wednesday will sign with Tennessee State University, added nine points, seven blocks and seven steals.
Bulldogs swim team opens season
Rockdale also got its swimming season kicked off Saturday as the Bulldogs finished seventh at the Wildcat Invitational.
The boy's finished seventh, led by the 200-free relay team (Amir Munajj, Bobby Lewis, Matthew Bennett and Adam Scaffe), who swam in 1:41.71. Munajj was also the top individual finisher on the boy's side, finishing eighth in the 200-individual medley (2:33.38).
The girls also finished seventh, thanks to a Kellie Fair, who was fifth in the 200-individual medley (2:36.24) and a seventh-place finish for the 200-free relay team of Fair, Sydney Norton, Niara McDonald and Kimaya Tucker (1:57.14).