The Standard Journal

Rockmart falls in region

- RN-T Sports Writer Chattooga’s Isaiah Foster goes up for the basket.

There would be no upset in the Region 7-AA championsh­ip game this season. This year, from beginning to end, the Chattooga Indians were not even going to give their opponents a chance.

Ch a t t o o g a d o mi na t e d Rockmart in the first and final quarters of the game and cruised to a 73-43 win in the region championsh­ip Saturday night in Summervill­e. It was the Indians’ eighth region win of the season by more than 20 points.

Most importantl­y, the win avenged Chattooga’s second place finish last season, and it did so in front of a home crowd.

“The seniors were not going to leave anything behind tonight, they had some unfinished business tonight,” Chattooga coach Jared Groce said.

“They were determined to get the job done no matter what, and they had that mindset from the start of the game,” Groce added.

Chattooga senior guard Isaiah Foster led the team with 26 points, including a run of 10 straight points in the fourth quarter. Senior forward Jay Shropshire scored 13 points and Isaac Foster, twin brother of Isaiah, added 10 points.

Rockmart’s Morgan Sims led his team with 11 points and Cam Jones scored 10 points, but the Yellow Jackets could not match their opponents offensivel­y.

Beyond some hot shooting in the third quarter, Rockmart was plagued by turnovers and Chattooga’s consistent­ly active defense.

The closest the Yellow Jackets (16-10) ever came in the second half was late in the third quarter when they cut the deficit to 37-30.

Chattooga (24-1) responded immediatel­y by scoring the next 12 points of the game, including a pair of 3- pointers from Shropshire and fellow senior Jay Broome.

The run helped Chattooga take a 49-33 lead into the final quarter, and Isaiah’s heroics took over from there.

“We have been in this situation before,” Isaiah said. “Last season we made it here and we let one go. And we seniors have just worked way too hard to let this one slip, and we just turned up the intensity on them.”

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