NCA opens season with both teams going 1-1

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

After being swept in the season opener at Canton on Monday, both Newton County Academy teams got their first wins of the season on Tuesday at Kemper Academy.

The Lady Generals won 34-30 and the Generals finished off the night with a 55-22 win over the Rams.

The Generals will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Wayne and will round out the action on Friday when they host Jackson Victors.

NCA boys 55, Kemper 22

The Generals jumped out early and cruised to a 33-point victory on Tuesday in DeKalb.

The Generals started early and outscored Kemper 20-4 in the first period. NCA continued to fill the nets in the second period and led 37-18 at the half. NCA continued to extend its lead in the second half as they outscored Kemper 11-2 in the third and 7-2 in the fourth for the final margin.

Dalton Sibley led NCA with 15 points while Ethan McDill had 14 points and Luke Alexander chipped in 10 points.

NCA 34, Kemper 30

The Lady Generals got their first win of the season on Tuesday at Kemper.

Kemper led 6-4 at the end of the first period before NCA took the lead by outscoring the Lady Rams 10-6 in the second to lead 14-12 at the half. NCA outscored Kemper 12-10 in the third to take a 26-22 lead going into the fourth.

Kelli Hollingsworth and Anna Laurel Moody  each scored eight points while Kaleigh Cosgrove had seven points. Jordan Russell had six points and Taylor Evans chipped in five points.

Canton Academy boys 45, NCA 31

The Generals led after the first period but Canton took the next three periods to take a 14-point win on Monday night.

Newton led 10-7 after the first period but Canton outscored the Generals 16-9 in the second period to take a 23-19 lead at the half. The Panthers pulled away in the third period as they outscored the Generals 10-5 in the third and 12-7 on the fourth.

Ethan McDill had a big night for the Generals with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Kemp Alderman also had 13 rebounds.

Canton girls 34, NCA 21

The Lady Generals couldn’t scratch in the first period as Canton built a 14-0 lead.

From there the game was even as each team scored six points in the second period and Canton led 20-6 at the half. Canton outscored NCA 10-8 in the third period for a 30-14 lead at the end of the third. NCA outscored Canton 7-4 in the fourth for the final.

“We didn’t get off to a very good start,” NCA coach Micheal Alexander said. “I think we played them pretty even after that. We just got down early and couldn’t ever get back even. But we outscored them the rest of the game.”

Karli Blackledge led the Lady Generals with six points while Kaleigh Cosgrove had five points and Kelli Hollingsworth added four points.