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Newton girls win region match, Newton and Heritage boys drop their games

COVINGTON — It was a good night for the Newton and Alcovy girls while the Newton and Heritage boys failed to come away with a win in Tuesday’s game.

NEWTON

Boys

The Newton boys could never get it in sync as they got their first loss of the year dropping their game 55-46 to Lovejoy in a Region 2-AAAAAA game on Tuesday.

Lovejoy (1-1, 1-0) took advantage of their height getting 21 offensive rebounds.

“There’s nothing you can do when they have you by three to four inches per player,” Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said. “Our 6-2 guards are not going to score on the inside against 6-7 defenders.”

In unusual fashion, Newton (4-1, 1-1) had a hard time getting everyone on the same page. D.J. Hill did the best he could to keep the team in the game for the first half while Jalen Glover took over in the third quarter as Hill’s game slipped.

“We never got five guys playing well at the same time,” Rasmussen said. “We had D.J. playing well in the first half, Jalen in the third quarter and D.J. playing well in the fourth.”

Glover scored 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter while Hill had six points in the first half before scoring 13 in the fourth period for a game-high 19 points.

Newton also failed to connect consistently from the free-throw line making 57 percent of their shots going 16-for-28.

Girls

The Lady Rams had a hard time against Lovejoy to start the game until they started playing their game. Once that happened Newton pulled away from the Lady Wildcats to get the 62-44 win.

“It was a tough game in the sense of trying to play our game and not go to the level of our opponent. Once we played our game we did really well,” Newton head girls coach Tiffani Johnson said. “They cut it to five points with around four minutes left in the fourth quarter and called a timeout. We switched around a couple of things on defense and we pulled it together”

The Lady Rams had three players in double-figure scoring with Precious Price leading the way with 18 points followed by Sonya Forney with 14 and Deandra Reed with 12.

“They carried the load for the most part. We were 22-for-25 from the free-throw line and Precious was 7-for-7,” Johnson said. “They were the ones that kept going to the free-throw line keeping the margin.”

HERITAGE

Boys

The Heritage boy’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, falling 67-62 to Clarke Central. The Patriots had won by an average margin of nearly 12 points during a 5-0 start, but fell to 1-1 in Region 8-AAAAA.

Rashad Jones had 16 points and Andre Harris added 14 for Heritage, which hosts Loganville Friday at 8:30 p.m.

ALCOVY

The Alcovy girls got their first win if the season and for new head coach David Baker beating Region 2-AAAAAA opponent Druid Hills 64-54.