PREP BRIEFS: Rockdale swimming qualifies for state meet

CUMMING -- The Rockdale swim team had an impressive showing at last week's West Forsyth Invitational. Both the boys and girls 400-freestyle relay teams qualified for the state meet as the foursome of Matthew Bennett, Jake Jarrell, Will Ragsdale and Davis Foster were seeded 20th, but ended up finishing 10th and qualified with a time of 3:42.04.

The girls -- KeMaya Tucker, Taylor Johnson, Sydney Norton and Billye Lewis -- were seeded 15th and ended up with a fourth-place finish (4:10.79).

Rockdale had already qualified several others for the state meet as the boys 200-freestyle relay team and Davis Foster (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle) will all be swimming at the meet next month.

"I am so proud of these swimmers for continuing to push themselves past their own limits. The entire team has continued to drop time," Bulldogs coach Stephen Sansing said. "I just can't say enough about the hard work and dedication all 36 swimmers have on this team."

Lady Seminoles snap two-game skid

WINDER -- The Salem girls snapped a brief, two-game losing streak, winning a defensive struggle 37-30 over Winder-Barrow. Palm Beach Atlantic University signee Nikkira Brown led the Seminoles with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jennifer Tindi chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds.

Salem, which shot just 31 percent (13 of 42) from the field, led 25-18 at halftime, then both offenses slumped badly in the second half.

While Salem evened its Region 8-AAAAA record at 5-5, Winder-Barrow stayed winless in league play at 0-9.

In the nightcap, Salem fell to Winder-Barrow 64-53, despite the Seminoles having a 12-point halftime lead. Dedrick Turner led Salem (10-8, 7-3 Region 8-AAAAA) with 24 points.

Rockdale sweeps Morrow

MORROW -- The Rockdale boys stayed hot, winning their fifth consecutive game 76-62 over Morrow. Rockdale, which moved to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in Region 2-AAAAAA, has won by an average margin of more than 15 points during the streak.

Mississippi State signee Breanna Richardson had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the Rockdale girls' 59-28 victory over Morrow in the opener.

Rockdale moved to 3-2 in league play and 10-6 overall.

Rams pull out OT win against Druid Hills

ATLANTA -- Defense, behind the play of Rashard Cabane who took five charges, played a big part in Newton's 45-43 overtime win over Druid Hills on Tuesday.

The Rams (11-7 overall, 2-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) forced 26 turnovers on defense, keeping Druid Hills (7-7, 1-5) tied for its lowest output of the season. The Rams had a chance to win the game in regulation, but poor free-throw shooting forced the game to overtime.

Newton had a 41-37 lead with a minute to play. After Druid Hills scored to make it 41-39, the Rams missed a pair of free throws before the Devils scored at the buzzer to tie the game.

In overtime, Newton scored first on a Rodarius Mitchell floater to give him 19 points for the game.

"The play of the game was when Rodarius was playing the 6-8 kid (Clarence William) and scored," Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said. "That gave us the lead for good."

The Rams will be on the road again Friday against Lovejoy.

Field set for Elks Shoot Out

COVINGTON -- The court has been set for the 2013 Elks Shoot Out free-throw competition on Sunday at Newton High School.

The competion was held for all Newton County children ages 8-13 with the boys and girls age-group winners from each school heading to the county finals.

In the finals, each participant will take 10 shots to start. After everyone has taken their initial shots, they will come back and take 15 more to determine the winner. In the event of a tie, each person left will take five shots until a winner is determined. The winners will try to advance to the district finals, which will be held back at the Newton gym in two weeks.