COVINGTON — It was a successful weekend for most of the Newton County basketball teams as they combined for an overall record of 6-3.
Both Eastside and Newton squads swept their opponents while the Alcovy girls split their two game. Unfortunately, the Alcovy boys failed to register a win losing both games.
The Eagles (4-1) were a little weary going up against Greene County a close game on Friday. But Eastside’s offense and defense rose to the challenge giving the Eagles the 68-45 win.
“It was a good defensive effort spearheaded by (Treyvon) Francis and (Anthony) Henderson,” Eastside head coach Greg Freeman said. “I was a little worried because they put up almost 80 points against Thompson. But we clamped down on them and caught them off guard. We just didn’t give up a whole lot. It was a great team effort. We did a better job contesting (shots) and rotating. I was pleased with the effort”
Eastside was led offensively by Francis who had 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists while registering six steals.
The first team had an easy time against Alcovy leading 33-4 at the half on Saturday. In limited play, Francis scored 13 points as the Eagles got the 30-point, 58-28, win.
We were able to rest some guys and play everybody,” Freeman said. “He (Francis) is starting to solidify himself not just here but across the state. People are starting to take notice him.”
The Rams (5-1) found themselves in a battle against Cedar Shoals for the first half of their game before breaking it open to to end the game with a 58-45 win on Saturday.
Newton had a two-point, 22-20, lead to end the first half until everything clicked in the third quarter outscoring the Jaguars 21-9 increasing their advantage to 43-29.
“We got a little spurt and made some steals and got of transition and made some easy baskets. I thought in the first half we were extremely patient,” Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said. “They’re a good basketball team. They’re in the same (region) as Salem and Heritage, they have a chance to win that region.”
Newton had three players in double-digit scoring with Jalen Glover scoring 18 points while bringing down seven rebounds followed by Darvin Jones with 16 and D. J. Hill with 11.
“We played extremely well,” Rasmussen said. “Our guard play was the difference. We just need to concentrate on taking one game at a time.”
The Tigers (1-5 overall, 0-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) got off to a slow start scoring three points in the first quarter as they trailed 16-3 on Friday. But they were able to come back strong outscoring the Mustangs (2-4, 2-0) 25-16 making it 32-28 at the half.
Unfortunately the Tigers unable to maintain that pace losing their second region game of the season 63-50.
Jazzmine Cook led the Lady Eagles (5-1) in their 63-53 win over Greene County with a double-double. She had 10 rebounds to go with her 23 points, five assists and five steals.
Also helping Eastside get their fifth win were Jymara Smith with 13 points and Deshantra Kelly with 12.
After finishing with a double-double on Friday, Cook had a down game against Alcovy. But Zaria Hall-Barton was able to step up and fill in pacing Eastside with 13 points. Kelly kept an even keel with 10 points in their 51-46 win.
The Lady Rams had little trouble against Cedar Shoals winning by 30 points as the Newton girls cruised to a 51-21 win.
“It was a good win. We did a lot of things on them we were working on. There are still some things we need to work on but overall it was a good team win,” Newton head coach Tiffani Johnson said. “They were sharing the ball a lot better, they were talking on defense and everyone seemed to be on the same page.”
Pacing the Lady Rams were Precious Price with 14 points with Deandra Reed and Sonia Forney adding 11 points each.
The Lady Tigers (2-6, 2-1) are winning the games they need to win getting their second region win beating 64-62.
Alcovy ended the first period with a 12-9 lead before allowing the Lady Mustangs to take a 26-20 halftime lead. Alcovy closed the four-point gap to make it 45-43 in the third before scoring four-points more than the Morrow for the two-point win.