Lady Rams keep pace with win

The Covington News - - Sports -

Josh Briggs

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.

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Quicks: Newton's Pre­cious Price drives past a de­fender dur­ing the Lady Rams 69-60 win Fri­day.

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