Eastside, Newton split doubleheader

COVINGTON -- Cross town rivals met Saturday afternoon at Eastside High School with Newton looking for a girls and boys season sweep against the host Eagles. The Lady Rams got started with a 51-28 victory over the Lady Eagles while the Eastside boys rallied from a halftime deficit to a 45-38 win over Newton.Boys

Eastside 45, Newton 38Newton (10-5, 1-2), which came off an 81-78 double-overtime loss on Friday, began the third quarter holding a slim 23-21 lead which would have been much larger had it not been for two buzzer beaters for the Eagles at the end of each of the first two quarters. Eastside's Anthony Henderson benefited from extended banking hours with his half court heave to end quarter one and Treyvon Francis' driving layup to end the half.

The early part of the third quarter saw Newton with plenty of opportunities to extend its lead as Eastside had eight turnovers in the period. But six missed layups and only one free throw in four attempts kept the Eagles within striking distance and Henderson gave Eastside its first lead since early in the first quarter at 30-29 with a 3-point bucket from the corner with 2:50 remaining in the third.

Jalen Glover got the scoring started in the final period with a 3-pointer which put the Rams back on top 35-32. Two minutes later, Francis connected on another bucket to tie the score at 36 but the Rams offense would not muster many more points on the night. Henderson's fourth trey put the Eagles up for good 39-38 with 4:47 left in the game.

The Rams missed 4 of 6 free throws in the final period and only managed to connect on 2 of 10 in the second half and 9 of 20 for the game. Meanwhile, Henderson's steady shooting proved to be the difference. leading all scorers with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field. Francis chipped in eight points including a perfect 3-for-3 in the second half. As a team, Eastside connected on 10 of its 16 second-half shots and were 19-36 on the night including 5-12 from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Rams was Taylor Hawkins who poured in 12 points on the night and D.J. Hill with nine points.

Eastside (8-4, 2-0) will be back in action Tuesday as they host region foe Monroe Area.Girls

Newton 51, Eastside 28While it may not have looked as pretty as the scoreboard showed with three minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Lady Rams blanked their hosts 7-0 before Journee Stokes converted on a free throw getting the Lady Eagles off the snide. One more Newton basket increased the lead to 9-1 before the Stokes gave the Lady Eagles their first field goal of the game. In the opening frame Newton limited Eastside to one shot at most on nearly each of their offensive possessions. As a team, the Lady Rams grabbed 10 defensive rebounds in the period and dominated the boards throughout the contest.

For the first half, Newton held the Lady Eagles to 3-of-21 shooting from the field while grabbing 15 rebounds and forcing 12 turnovers. Newton's rebounding on the night was paced by Mercedes Booker and Sonia Forney with 10 and seven respectively. If not for 11 first-half turnovers of Newton's own, the spread could have been much wider than the 18-8 Newton lead.

Precious Price paced Newton on the night with 16 points and Cynteria Langhorne added seven points and five boards on the night. Eastside was led by DeSeantra Kelly and Zaria Brown who each added seven points for the host school.

The game was close through the first three minutes of the third quarter and the Lady Eagles cut the lead to 21-16 on Kelly's three pointer but that would be all the scoring Eastside would have for the next five minutes while Newton rolled off 16 consecutive points to stretching its lead to an insurmountable 37-16.