Lady Rams start week 1-1 in re­gion

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

Newton's girls' bas­ket­ball team went 1-1 to start the week with 50-37 win over Langston Hughes Tues­day be­fore suf­fer­ing a 68-52 loss to West­lake Wed­nes­day.

Mikola Burks led the way for the Lady Rams against Langston Hughes with 15 while Qais­erah Sharif scored 14.

A day later, Newton started slowly and was un­able to re­cover as West­lake handed the Lady Rams just their sec­ond re­gion loss.

"It's one thing to come out flat. When you dig a hole, you al­ways are try­ing to get out of it," Newton coach Tif­fani John­son said. "Against a good team like West­lake, you can't come from be­hind. We've been skat­ing by other teams that way but when you play the No. 1 team in the re­gion, you can't do it."

Sharif had 16 points and drained three from down­town but she was the only Newton player in dou­ble fig­ures. Danyel For­ney had eight while Pre­cious Price and Tai Avery each had six.

West­lake built a 22-10 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and held Newton to four points in the sec­ond. Newton cut West­lake's lead to 15 in the third quar­ter but the Lions' ex­pe­ri­ence and ath­leti­cism kept the Lady Rams at bay in the fourth quar­ter.

"Ev­ery mis­take out there to be made, I think we touched on all of them," John­son said. "I thought we had a good chance com­ing in. It's def­i­nitely a team I think we can com­pete with. I tell my girls it's all mental. Un­til we get that to­gether, we're not go­ing to be as good as we can be."

Newton sits third in the re­gion be­hind Stephen­son and West­lake. They have a chance to creep closer to the top tonight when they host Stephen­son.

"It's tough to play No. 1 and No. 2 in the same week but we have to make ad­just­ments and do what we have to do," John­son said. "We take one game at a time. When we played Stephen­son at their place, we were right with them in the first half. Hope­fully we can re­peat that and play as well as we have re­cently in the sec­ond half and give them a game."

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