Rams' bas­ket­ball tops ri­vals

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

The Newton boys and girls var­sity bas­ket­ball teams started their march through Newton County in im­pres­sive fash­ion, go­ing a com­bined 4-0 over ri­vals Al­covy and Eastside in their first matchups against their ri­vals this year.

Newton swept Al­covy in their sea­son opener, chris­ten­ing Newton's new gym with a pair of vic­to­ries.

The girls team bested the Lady Tigers 57-34, while the boys pro­gram downed Al­covy 68-28, pick­ing up a re­gion vic­tory in its first con­test of the year.

Al­most a month later, the Rams did it again, sweep­ing the Eastside Ea­gles on the road.

The girls pro­gram throt­tled Eastside 61-46, while the boys team needed a late push to down the Ea­gles 52-49.

“Any­time it’s a county rivalry, emo­tions are go­ing to be high,” Newton coach Tif­fani John­son said. “But, I think we did a good job pulling the game out.

“It’s about brag­ging rights in the com­mu­nity,” she said. “There’s lots of back and forth, but it’s a good, friendly rivalry. This is what sports are all about.”

The Ea­gles will get to take on the Rams at home on Jan. 11, while the Tigers get their sec­ond shot at Newton at home on Jan. 24.

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