Rockdale girls playing well in Christmas tournament

Despite being 100 miles from home, the Rockdale girl’s basketball team kept up its winning ways last weekend.

Rockdale won twice in the Washington County Christmas Classic, knocking off Monroe Area and Creekside to extend its winning streak to four games.

Brianna Patton led the way in the 46-39 victory over Monroe, a team that came int the tournament unbeaten, with 20 points.

“I really felt that Brianna showed great leadership stepping up, (she) knocked down some big shots, and (made) some good decisions on the court,” said Rockdale coach Gladys King. “I was, overall, impressed with the girls playing hard and not focusing on the fact that Monroe entered this tournament undefeated.”

Bianca Riley and Jonai Jackson each scored 10 points in the 42-32 win over Creekside.

“Jonai Jackson has done a good (job) coming off the bench, knocking down some shots as well,” King added

The Bulldogs (5-3) played host Washington County in the championship game Monday night in a game that ended too late for this edition.

Salem boys go winless, gain good experience in Florida

The Salem boys had a difficult stay at the Kreul Classic, going 0-3 at the holiday tournament in Coral Springs, Florida.

In the tournament opener, the Seminoles got 19 points from Demyon Greenwood, but were beaten on a last-second lay up in a 59-58 loss to Pine Crest High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).

Salem trailed by 14 points at halftime, but climbed back into the game and took a four-point lead with a minute and a half to play in the fourth.

“The biggest thing is that we fought back and had a chance to win,” Seminoles coach Noah Harrell said afterwards.

Friday, Salem lost to Grant County (Dry Ridge, Kentucky) 62-48 despite 14 points from Robert Grant. The Seminoles concluded the tournament with a 66-47 loss to host Coral Springs Saturday.

“The tournament was a great experience,” Harrell said. “It was the first time we have left (Georgia) to play games. “We see things that we need to fix and hopefully this experience will help us when we get back to region play.”