Lady Generals earn bye for district tourneyBy ROBBIE ROBERTSON,
The Newton County Academy Lady Generals finished second in the District 2-AA Tournament this past week and stand just one win away from qualifying for the Class AA state tournament.
The Lady Generals took a 46-40 win over Clinton Christian on Thursday night before falling to Brookhaven 54-34 in the tournament finals.
On the boys’ side, the Generals lost 57-48 to Clinton Christian in the semifinals and 48-39 to Sylva Bay in the tournament’s consolation game.
NCA coach Michael Alexander was pleased with the performance from the Lady Generals.
“I thought we played well,” Alexander said. “I was really proud of them. We were down 33-21 at the half and I bet there were five or six wide open shots at the baskets we missed that could have made it a really close game at the half. They beat us really bad both times we played them this season and I thought we competed with them on Saturday. I thought we handled their press a lot better and were able to get them into some foul trouble.”
The NCA girls finished second in District 3-AA play and received a first-round bye. They will play on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Centreville and River Oaks. If the Lady Generals win, they will advance to the Class AA state tournament and the tournament semifinals on Friday at 5:15 p.m. A loss would end the regular season for the Lady Generals.
The Generals finished as the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will play Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. against Ben’s Ford, the No. 4 seed out of District 4-AA. If the Generals win, they will advance to play District 5-AA No. 1 seed Prairie View on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
“I don’t know much about River Oaks but Centerville is a No. 2 seed and it was tight between them and Lamar Christian,” Alexander said. “It will be a good test either way. We will get to play on Thursday with a chance to go to the state tournament. We were fortunate enough to get a bye in the first round. It’s a great opportunity for our girls.”
NCA girls 46, Clinton Chr. 40
The Lady Generals used a big fourth period to take a come-from-behind win over the Lady Warriors on Thursday night.
NCA led 11-8 at the end of the first but trailed 23-17 at the half and 29-24 at the end of the third. The Lady Generals then got hot from the field and outscored the Lady Warriors 22-11 to take the win.
Anna Laurel Moody led NCA with 16 points while Kaleigh Cosgrove had 15 points and Jordan Russell chipped in eight points.
Clinton Chr. boys 57, NCA 48
Clinton jumped out to a big first-period lead and held on to take a nine-point win over the Generals on Thursday in the tournament semifinals.
Clinton led 14-5 at the end of the first period and 23-15 at the half. The Warriors extended that led in the third as they outscored the Generals 18-8 to lead 41-23. The Generals outscored the Warriors 25-16 in the fourth but fell short.
Ethan McDill led NCA with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Luke Alexander added 10 points.
Brookhaven girls 54, NCA 34
Brookhaven jumped out to a 20-9 lead and outscored NCA in every period to take a 20-point win and the District 3-AA title.
After claiming the 11-point lead at the end of the first, the game was tight the rest of the way as Brookhaven led 33-21 at the half. Brookhaven extended its lead in the third as they outscored NCA 12-6.
Anna Laurel Moody led NCA with 13 points while Kelli Hollingsworth had nine points and Kaleigh Cosgrove added seven points.
Sylva Bay boys 48, NCA 39
The Saints beat the Generals for the second time this season in a nine-point loss on Saturday.
The Generals jumped out early and led 19-2 at the end of the first and 21-13 at the half. The Generals outscored the Saints 10-8 in third for a 31-21 lead heading into the fourth. But the Saints used a 27-10 advantage in the fourth period to take the win.
Austin Upton led NCA with 11 points while Ethan McDill had 10 points and nine rebounds.