Rams, Ea­gles and Tigers hit the road

The Covington News - - SPORTS - The Newton, Eastside and Al­covy bas­ket­ball pro­grams hit the road Satur­day in non-re­gion ac­tion. The Rams trav­eled just a few miles to take on ri­val Salem, while the Ea­gles trav­eled to Henry County , and the Tigers made a trip up north to take on Gainesvil

for Luella.

Jalen Glover fin­ished as the Rams' lead­ing scorer, tal­ly­ing 25 points, while hit­ting six shots from be­yond the 3-point line. D.J. Hill also fin­ished with 14 points and three as­sists, while Darvin Jones added 13 points for Newton.

Ras­mussen said that de­spite the loss, he was en­cour­aged by the Rams' come­back un­der pres­sure.

"With a game like this, I think we need to re­mem­ber how well we played down the stretch," Ras­mussen said. "We can learn a lot from this game. Their ath­leti­cism was tough to deal with and we have to re­mem­ber next time that we play them to keep them out of tran­si­tion and to dic­tate the pace.

"We did a good job of that in the first half, but we have to slow them down."

Af­ter trav­el­ing to Luella, the Rams will host four con­sec­u­tive games at home, be­gin­ning with ri­val Rock­dale County on Tues­day.

"We've been on the road al­ready for three of our tough­est road games," Ras­mussen said. "We've faced Love­joy, we've faced Mor­row and we've faced Luella. I think our sched­ule is go­ing to pay div­i­dends in the sec­ond half of the sea­son."

The Newton girls var­sity bas­ket­ball team picked up where it left off be­fore the hol­i­day break, cap­tur­ing a vic­tory over Luella on the road.

The Lady Rams needed a pair of ex­tra pe­ri­ods to down the Lady Li­ons, de­feat­ing them 66-59 in dou­ble over­time.

Pre­cious Price led Newton with 22 points, while So­nia For­ney chipped in 15 points for the Lady Rams.

"We started off a lit­tle slow, and we missed a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties," Newton coach Tif­fani John­son said. "We weren't find­ing the loose balls tonight and they got away from us.

"We had a chance to put the game away in the first over­time, but we weren't able to con­nect on our free throws," she said. "I am happy that we were able to win a close game on the road. We just have to keep play­ing well and make sure that ev­ery­one is han­dling their in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties."

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

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