Tak­ing one, drop­ping one against Rock­dale County

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14, while Robin­son had 11 points. Quay Mad­dox chipped in with 10.

Rock­dale’s Ryan Watts and Car­dar­ryle Beth­ley each scored 12 points. Kevin Ware fol­lowed with 10.

“We had been play­ing ex­tremely hard lately but we also needed to ex­e­cute,” said Ger­ald. “Tonight we were able to ex­e­cute in the fourth and that gave us a chance to win.”

In the girls game, the Lady Ea­gles also found them­selves down early to Rock­dale (7-15, 4-10). But they were able to man­age a lead go­ing into half­time, 13-12.

East­side swelled its lead in the fourth, 26-20; how­ever, the Lady Bull­dogs were able to force mul­ti­ple turnovers that led to many fast breaks, in­evitably chang­ing the game.

“We were miss­ing two of our pri­mary ball han­dlers tonight, and ul­ti­mately I think that cost us late in the game,” said East­side girls coach Ja­son Grooms. “We played ex­tremely hard tonight, but we had too many turnovers in key sit­u­a­tions that took away our chance to win the game.”

Even­tu­ally, the Lady Ea­gles fell too far be­hind to pull out the win, even with a Jade Cook 3-pointer at the fi­nal buzzer.

Por­shia Cleve­land led Rock­dale with a game-high 17 points. Gio­vanni Sims added 12. Cook fin­ished with 16 points. “I’m still ex­tremely proud of our girls and the ef­fort they showed,” said Grooms. “They never quit play­ing hard.”

Sub­mit­ted Photo

Big fish: Cameron Banks, an 11-year-old fifth grade stu­dent at West New­ton El­e­men­tary, is pic­tured af­ter win­ning first place in the Cast­ing Kids Derby in Au­gust 2007. He also placed first in 2005. Banks will rep­re­sent New­ton County at the Ge­or­gia Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion’s Fish­ing and Turkey Expo to­day in Perry.

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