Generals take 2 out of 3 despite ‘bad week’

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

The Newton County Academy Generals won two out of three games this week but that doesn’t mean that Tanner Smith was happy about it.

The Generals beat Grace Christian 51-45 and Laurel Christian 46-33 while dropping a 50-25 decision to Lamar School.

Despite the wins, Smith wasn’t really happy with his team’s performance.

“We just had a bad week,” Smith said. “We weren’t focused enough this week. We didn’t have our heads where they needed to be. But we had a long talk about getting their heads where they need to be. And we have to get straight because we have another long week ahead of us.”

NCA will travel to Meridian on Tuesday to play at Lamar School before hosting Laurel Christian on Thursday and Brookhaven Academy on Friday.

NCA 51, Grace Christian 45

The Generals played well in the odd quarters and held on to take a six-point win over Grace Christian on Saturday at Winston Academy.

NCA jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first period but Grace bounced back in the second, outscoring the Generals 17-10 to make the score 24-21 at the half. The Generals jumped back out in the third period as they outscored Grace 16-2 in the third to take a 40-23 lead. Grace cut into the lead, outscoring NCA 22-11 but it wasn’t enough as the Generals held on for the win.

Ethan McDill led the Generals with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

“We are sharing the ball really well right now,” Smith said. “About every night, all three of our guards are averaging eight-nine points a game. They are sharing the ball really good right now, which is a good thing. We’ve just been going with the hot had. Ethan had the hot hand last week so we feed him the ball.”

NCA 46, Laurel Christian 33

The Generals used a steady supply of offense to beat Laurel Christian by 13.

NCA led 9-6 after the first period and 20-10 at the half. Laurel took the third period, outscoring the Generals 12-11 but NCA took the final frame 15-13 to take the win.

Ethan McDill had another big game for the Generals with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Lamar School 56, NCA 35

Lamar bounced back from a poor first half to blow out the Generals by 21 points.

Lamar led 8-2 at the end of the first before NCA exploded in the second period by outscoring the Raiders 19-8 to take a 21-16 lead into the half. But the Raiders got going in the second half as they outscored the Generals 20-7 in each the third and fourth periods to take the win.