Lady Rams keep pace with win
In the girls' game, Newton's girls bounced back Friday, after dropping a tough game to Heritage Tuesday, scoring a season-high in points in a 69-60 win.
Mikola Burks led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and was one of four players in double figures. Precious Price scored 15 followed by Qaiserah Shariff with 13 and Danyel Fourney with 10.
"Anytime you have that many girls contributing it makes us that much harder to defend," Newton coach Tiffani Johnson said. "That's what we need every night to be successful in this region."
The Lady Rams (7-5, 31) raced out to an 11-point lead after one period and never looked back. Newnan cut into Newton's lead a bit with a 19-13 second quarter and crept a bit closer after outscoring the Lady Rams by one on the third. But Newton outscored Newnan 18-13 in the fourth.
"We jumped out on them early and were able to execute in the fourth quarter," Johnson said. "We relaxed a bit in the second when we got that lead. Mentally we tried to take a break. I got on to them at halftime and we were able to come back out and execute."
Newton did a particularly good job handling the ball. The Lady Rams turned it over a season-low nine times while forcing 23 Newnan turnovers.
"That was a great game turnover-wise," Johnson said. "That's been one of our downfalls late in games. We were able to close out the game. We did a good job of taking care of the ball."
The Lady Rams were
especially lethal from beyond the arc. Burks drained three from downtown while Price sank two.
"This year we have more weapons," Johnson said. "Anytime you have outside shooting, you keep the defense honest and that's a good thing."
Newnan had a weapon of its own. Shakeria Langford dropped 30 points and hit five threes along the way.
The Lady Rams trail Westlake and Stephenson by one game in the standings. Newton has a chance to pull even with Westlake Tuesday.
"This win gives us the confidence and momentum we need going into Westlake," Johnson said.
Quicks: Newton's Precious Price drives past a defender during the Lady Rams 69-60 win Friday.