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Forney, Burks lead Newton to win on Senior Night

COVINGTON -- Newton seniors Danyel Forney and Mikola Burks ha d a memorable Senior Night on Tuesday, leading the Lady Rams to a 64-31 win over East Coweta.

Forney led all scorers with 26 points with Burks having the next highest output accounting for 17 of Newton's points.

"I think we did a good job of coming out ready to play. Seniors wanted to go out with a bang and I think they are getting each other the ball and finishing strong and shooting the ball," said Newton head coach Tiffani Johnson.

The defense was relentless, keeping the Lady Indians (10-14 overall, 4-9 Region 2-AAAAA) off-balance, especially in the second half, forcing 37 turnovers. The Lady Rams (18-6, 8-5) forced 15 turnovers in the first half before turning up the heat in the second half, causing East Coweta to turn the ball over 22 more times.

"That was our goal. In preparation for every game that comes after this, we have to make sure we come out ready to play," said Johnson. "Maybe because it was Senior Night, they were able to put everything that was said in the locker room and come out in the second half."

Newton scored first and never looked back, even though it started a little unstable in the opening few minutes. However, it didn't take long for them to take over, ending the first period with an 18-6 lead.

After an evenly played second period which ended with Newton leading 28-15, the Lady Rams came out hot. East Coweta scored first, but Newton quickly responded by going on a 12-0 run before the Lady Indians scored again.

The Lady Rams left no doubt in the mind of the East Coweta players about who was in charge, taking a 53-25 lead to end the third.

"They (Luella) beat us by one point the first time. With one game left, we're going into region play next week. It's important we have that energy for the rest of the season," said Johnson.

The Lady Rams play their regular season finale on the road against Luella, who beat Newton 56-55 the last time they met, on Friday before starting the region tournament at Westlake and in hopes of advancing to the Class AAAAA tournament.

"We were working on keeping our intensity up," said Johnson. "We did a good job. Our energy was strong; mentally we were strong and we were able to keep that momentum up."