COVINGTON — Newton went up by double-digits and never fell back beating the Druid Hills 51-19 in a Region 2-AAAAAA matchup on Tuesday.
Even though the Lady Rams won by 32 points, there were still some things they could have done better.
“I think we let some ball get away from us,” Newton girls head coach Tiffani Johnson said. “We were trying to work on getting through the passing lanes and I still think we have some things to work on on defense. But for our effort, I was very pleased with our effort.”
The Lady Rams jumped out to a 17-0 lead before they sank a pair of free throws for their first points to make it 17-2. Druid Hills’ only field goal came with less than five seconds left in the first period on a jump shot to make it 19-4.
Druid Hills came out strong outscoring Newton to make it 20-10. However, the few minutes minutes saw the Lady Rams turn up the heat going on an 8-0 run sending the home team into halftime with a 28-10 lead.
“It was the second quarter woes, I don’t know. I think we relaxed a little bit once we jumped on them in the first quarter. That’s one of the things we’re working on, staying intense all 32 minutes,” Johnson said.
“We had some goals for this game that we wanted to do. I reminded them of the consequences of not achieving those goals. They came back to make sure we did what we needed to.”
The Lady Rams paid heed to Johnson’s talk in the locker room and did not wait until the end of the third period like they did in the second before they started scoring. Newton came out holding the Lady Red Devils scoreless until hitting one of three free-throws with less than 30 seconds left in the quarter. Newton outscored Druid Hills 14-1 to start the fourth quarter with the mercy run in place.
Mercedes Booker was the only Lady Rams player in double digits scoring 10 points with Precious Price scoring nine points. However, the Lady Rams spread the ball around with 11 players scoring.
“We almost got everybody in the (score) book so everybody was looking for everybody,” Johnson said. “I think we were almost a little too unselfish. We gave up some shots we shouldn’t have trying to get everybody involved.”
Due to early deadlines, coverage of the Newton High School boys basketball game against Druid Hills Tuesday night is not included in today’s edition. Readers can find game coverage on our website at www.newtoncitizen.com. Coverage of the game will be published in print in our Thursday edition.