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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.”

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