Alcovy, Newton girls advance; Newton boys suffer upset

COVINGTON -- Both the Alcovy and Newton girls are headed to their basketball state tournaments while the Newton boys' season was ended abruptly by No. 7 seed Stephenson on Wednesday.

At Westlake, the site of the Region 2-AAAAA tournament, the Lady Rams had a slow start but in the end got into a rhythm to beat Langston Hughes 54-39 in the opening round of the region tournament.

"In the fourth quarter we were able to increase the lead," Newton head coach Tiffani Johnson said. "Hitting free throws in the fourth quarter helped us increase that lead."

Emili Russ and Precious Price set the pace offensively for Newton, scoring 13 points, with Mikola Burks adding nine in the win.

The Lady Rams will play Westlake today at 4 p.m. in the semifinals with the winner advancing to the championship round. Westlake got to the semifinals with a win over East Coweta. In their previous meetings, Westlake won 55-51 and 74-57.

In the boys game, Newton went in with everything in its favor. The Rams were the No. 2 seed and had previously defeated Stephenson, the No. 7 seed, 50-31 and 67-44.

But when it really counted, the Jaguars were able to top Newton 45-38. Stephenson, which is guaranteed a trip to the Class AAAAA state tournament, will face Newnan in the semifinals.

In the Region 3-AAAA tournament at Fayette County, four Lady Tigers were in double-digit scoring in their 64-44 win over Griffin. Scoring for Alcovy were Kaci Palo, who led the Lady Tigers with 15 points, followed by Meagan Tucker and Ashley Williams, who had 13 each, and Kate Palo with 10 points.

The Lady Tigers advance to the semifinals and will play McIntosh, which beat Dutchtown 40-37, today at 4 p.m.

In other semifinal games today, the Alcovy boys play Dutchtown at 5:30 p.m. while Eastside, which is at Eagle's Landing, starts the day with the girls playing Sandy Creek at 4 p.m. and the boys playing Drew at 5:30 p.m.