hounds 23-14 leading to the 6750 final.
Sophomore Derrick Henry continued his strong play with a game-high 19 points.
Jamon Hawkins was close behind with 17 points and six assists coming off the bench. Center Chuck Edwards just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and eight points.
Point guard Tee Farley was his usual steady self handling the ball, chipping in six points and dishing out seven assists.
The win moved the Rams to 8-0 (3-0 Region 2-AAAAA).
Rasmussen was pleased to get the win and said his team will be in for a challenge over the holiday break.
“We’ve gotten off to a good start,” he said. “We are looking forward to the tough competition of the Christmas tournament, which will be a good measuring stick of where we are as a team.”
The competition of the PowerAde Festival at North Gwinnett High School will be tough as several undefeated and stateranked teams including Houston County and Richmond Academy will take the court on both sides of the bracket.
The Rams will open up on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Alpharetta (Region 6B-AAAAA). “We have a great group of young men who value the importance of playing together as a team,”
Lady Rams 46 Lady Greyhounds 44
After a tough 1-point loss to second-ranked Stephenson last Tuesday, the Lady Rams came ready to play against the Lady Greyhounds of Jones County on Saturday.
Wanting to atone for a 10point loss to Jones County back earlier in the month, Newton came out of the gate quickly building a 15-7 first quarter lead and went on to top the Lady Greyhounds 46-44.
Balanced scoring and tough defense were the order of business in the second quarter as the Lady Rams stretched their lead to 21-12 at halftime.
Jones County continued to whittle into the lead in the second half and actually tied the score on several different occasions. However; whenever that happened, the Lady Rams answered with points of their own to retake the lead.
With a precious few seconds on the clock and Newton cling- ing to a slim 3-point lead, junior Leah Butler calmly sank two free throws to stretch the lead to five.
Those free throws ultimately turned out to be the difference in the game as Jones County notched a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final 46-44 Newton win.
The Lady Rams were led in scoring by freshman Emili Russ and sophomore Qaiserah Shariff who each notched 11 points.
Butler’s 6-of-8 from the charity stripe gave her eight points on the night.
Assistant coach Quinita Morrow [filling in for head coach Tiffani Johnson] was pleased with the teams’ win.
“The girls really communicated well on defense,” said. “They put out a great effort and were confident in themselves. They hustled, never gave up and really played as a team.”