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at 54-37.

Tee Far­ley notched four of his 10 points in the pe­riod and Chuck Ed­wards re­turned af­ter hav­ing his nose blood­ied in the sec­ond quar­ter to score four of his eight points and grab three of his nine re­bounds while also block­ing a shot.

Then a funny thing hap­pened on the way to the rout. Stephen­son Se­nior Adrian Cole­man (a Uni­ver­sity of Alabama at Birm­ing­ham signee) went to work as the Jaguars went on a run that en­com­passed the end of the quar­ter and into the fourth to cut the Ram’s lead to two.

Cole­man matched Henry’s 27 points on the night, but it wouldn’t be enough. Af­ter a well-placed timeout, the Rams bounced back and took back con­trol of the game.

Ju­nior Jared Mann took charge of the glass, sweep­ing eight of his 11 re­bounds in the fourth quar­ter.

He just missed a dou­ble-dou­ble as he scored five of his eight points in the pe­riod as well.

When the fi­nal horn sounded, New­ton had earned a hard-fought 70-65 victory.

The Rams out­re­bounded Stephen­son by a 35-27 mar­gin and out­shot the Jaguars 52 per­cent to 42 per­cent.

“That says a lot about the heart of our team, to out­shoot and out­re­bound a team on the road,” Ras­mussen said.

“Our front court had a good game tonight. Chuck [Ed­wards], Jared [Mann] and then Win­dell [Dar­ring­ton] com­ing off the bench,” added Ras­mussen. “Tee [Far­ley] stepped up tonight too and did a great job han­dling the pres­sure and on de­fense.”

Far­ley fin­ished with 10 points, four as­sists, four re­bounds and two steals.

But when the dust set­tled, the night be­longed to Henry.

“Der­rick has been out­stand­ing and shown great com­mit­ment, heart and ag­gres­sion,” Ras­mussen said. “He may only be a sopho­more, but he is not in­tim­i­dated. In fact, I think he’s an in­tim­ida­tor.”

The win boosted the Rams’ record to 7-0 (3-0 Re­gion 2AAAAA). Stephen­son fell to 3-3 (1-2). In­ci­den­tally the Rams moved up one spot to No. 9 this week in the GAs­ GACA Class AAAAA state coaches poll.

The New­ton Lady Rams gave the de­fend­ing Class-AAAAA state cham­pion and cur­rent No. 2 ranked Stephen­son Lady Jaguars all they could han­dle on Tues­day as they bat­tled to the fi­nal buzzer be­fore drop­ping a 55-54 de­ci­sion.

Stephen­son jumped to an early lead as they fin­ished the first quar­ter up nine at 18-9. The Lady Rams started cut­ting into that lead in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Ju­nior Leah But­ler scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the quar­ter.

Half­time came with New­ton down 30-24.

The Lady Rams had per­haps their best quar­ter of the young sea­son in the third pe­riod as they scored 19 points and tie the score at 43 when the horn sounded.

The lead changed sev­eral times in the fourth quar­ter. The Lady Rams had the ball as time wound down. Looking for the fi­nal shot, New­ton turned the ball over and watched the win roll painfully out of bounds.

Se­nior Ke Ke Gaither-Gibbs added 11 points while Fresh­man Em­i­lie Russ had 14 for the Lady Rams.

As­sis­tant Coach Quinita Mor­row, fill­ing in for head coach Tif­fani John­son, had this to say af­ter the game.

“I saw a lot of heart, com­mit­ment and teamwork out there tonight,” she said. “They re­ally played as a team, and things look promis­ing for our fu­ture.”

The loss dropped New­ton to 25 (1-2 Re­gion 2-AAAAA) while Stephen­son im­proved to 5-0 (30).

The Lady Rams will be back in action on Satur­day night at Jones County.

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