Friday, February 25, 2011
Season ends for Lady Jackets
If defense wins championships, then the GHSA might want to give the state championship trophy to Creekview right now. The Lady Grizzly stingy defense forced 29 turnovers Friday as Creekview cruised to a 59-25 win over No. 4 seed Sprayberry in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs. The victory represented the first tournament win in school history for the Creekview girls. For Creekview coach Roger Nolan, the game plan was simple: stop Sprayberry star Nadia Ogene. "Stopping Nadia Ogene was the key," Nolan said after the game. "I knew if Madison Rice was able to put ball pressure on [Ogene] without getting into foul trouble, we would be all right." Rice's defense was impenetrable most of the night. The junior recorded eight steals and …
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Yellow Jackets end their season on a 12-point loss in the Region 5-AAAA basketball tournament.
Sprayberry entered the Region 5-AAAA basketball tournament as the No. 4 seed and played at Pope High School on Wednesday against Chapel Hill. Even though Duncan Lunsford led all scorers with 26 points, the Yellow Jackets fell to Chapel Hill, 67-55.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Lady Jackets defeat Kell in Region 5-AAAA playoffs, advance to play Douglas County.
Basketball can be a frustrating game. For 47 minutes in Tuesday’s Region 5-AAAA playoff game at Douglas County High School the Sprayberry Lady Jackets and their head coach Mark Giles were extremely frustrated. “We just couldn’t make any shots, neither team could,” said Giles. The Kell Lady Longhorns held Sprayberry to 15 points through the first three quarters, including a two-point third quarter. With only eight minutes left to play Kell had a 20-25 lead and seemingly a ticket to the state playoffs. But frustration can go both ways. The Lady Longhorns built their biggest lead of seven points with less than a minute to go in the game. Spirited play by sophomore Naomi Stuger led Kell as she finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. …
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Yellow Jackets get 15 points from D.J. Funderburg to topple Greyhounds in 5-AAAA battle.
The Sprayberry Yellow Jackets boys basketball team topped the Pope Greyhounds 67-58 on Saturday night, in a game that featured multiple momentum swings, clutch shooting, and one very controversial call. With Sprayberry up 58-56 with just under a minute to play, Pope guard Garrett Brown was called for a controversial five-second call with two defenders on him. Greyhound head coach Pat Abney and the Pope bench immediately protested the call, arguing that the defenders had rotated on Brown and that the call shouldn’t have been made. Prolonged protesting resulted in technical fouls on the bench and on Brown. Sprayberry junior Alijah Brown hit four of the five technical foul free throws to build a 62-56 lead with 26 seconds on the clock, …
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Sprayberry girls' and boys' teams win handily over Kell
Sprayberry's girls and boys basketball teams won Region 5-AAAA games on Friday, taking both on the road at Kell High School. The Lady Yellow Jackets, behind a 19-point performance from Nadia Ogene, took control of a close game in the second half and cruised to a 54-41 win over the Lady Longhorns. Carly Ridge added 15 points for Sprayberry. For Kell, both Naomi Stuger and Nikki Eggers scored 10 points. In the second game of the evening, Kell got 22 points from Jordan Bagwell and 16 points from Kendall Crute, but the Longhorns played catch-up all night to the Sprayberry Yellow Jackets. Sprayberry jumped out to a quick lead as Amonte Potter scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets were never threatened and…
Friday, January 28, 2011
Here's the scoop on high school hoops around town on Friday.
Here is what to watch for at the Northeast Cobb Patch on Friday: Teams: Lassiter vs. Cherokee When: 6 p.m. girls; 7:30 p.m boys Where: Lassiter High School Girls Preview: The Lassiter Lady Trojans (1-15, 0-6) have just one win this season and would like to grab their first 5-AAAAA region win on Friday against Cherokee (6-12, 1-6). To get that win, and climb out of the 5-AAAAA cellar, the Lady Trojans must beat a team that thumped them by 23 points just four weeks ago. Boys Preview: When these two teams met on Jan. 4, Niles Clark connected on a 15-footer at the buzzer to give Lassiter (8-8, 5-1) a 2-point victory. Not only would the Trojans like to repeat the win over Cherokee (7-11, 1-6), but any victory keeps them on pace with 5-AAAAA …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The girls survived a comeback scare after jumping out to a 25-0 lead.
Sprayberry guard Duncan Lunsford hit three clutch free throws with two seconds left in the game that appeared to send the game to overtime. But Lithia Springs guard Femi Ojuolape had other plans. The junior guard drained a three-pointer from the left wing as the buzzer sounded to send Yellow Jackets to a 58-55 defeat. Those final two seconds seemed like an eternity to Sprayberry head coach Marc Carver. “When you come out on the losing end it always feels like it was too long. But when you hit a shot like that, what can you say? They came back and earned the win. You’ve got to give them credit. Maybe we’ll get a chance to see them again in the region tournament,” Carver said. The final play unfolded exactly the way that Carver did not want …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
A primer for everything you need to know about high school hoops action on Tuesday.
Here is what to watch for at the Northeast Cobb Patch on Tuesday: Teams: Sprayberry vs. Lithia Springs When: 6 p.m. girls; 7:30 p.m boys Where: Sprayberry High School Girls Preview: Sprayberry (10-7, 4-3) could make a nice jump in the 5-AAAA Region standings on Tuesday when it hosts Lithia Springs (3-14, 1-5). A win, and some help from a few teams above, could move the Lady Jackets all the way up to third place in the region. Boys Preview: Sprayberry (9-7, 4-3) has won its last two games by 23 points or more, but will face a much tougher task on Tuesday when it hosts Lithia Springs (10-, 6-0), the 5-AAAA Region leader. If the Yellow Jackets can find a way to handle the up-tempo style Lithia Springs will bring, they could be the first to …
Friday, January 21, 2011
Here's the scoop on the local hoops action tonight.
If you are looking for high school basketball, here is what to watch for at the Northeast Cobb Patch on Friday: Teams: Lassiter vs. Marietta Time: Girls-6 p.m.; Boys-7:30 p.m. Where: Marietta High School Girls Preview: Marietta (6-9, 4-1) hosts Lassiter (1-12, 0-4) in a game that pits Region 5-AAAAA's first place team against its last place team. Lassiter has struggled offensively all season and is averaging just over 25 points per game. The Blue Devils beat Lassiter 51-20 on December 7. Boys Preview: Lassiter (5-7, 3-1) will try to halt a two-game losing streak when it travels to Marietta (4-12, 2-3). The Blue Devils knocked off Campbell on Saturday, then put a scare into Wheeler on Tuesday before eventually losing that game. The Trojans …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Now that you're no longer cooped up in the house because of snow, here's everything you need to know about getting out to see some basketball on Tuesday.
Teams: Lassiter vs. Woodstock Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Lassiter High School Preview: Lassiter (5-6, 3-0) took one on the chin in their last game, losing by 30 points to Sprayberry. With more than a week to think about that, the Trojans look to erase that memory with a Region 5-AAAAA win over Woodstock (7-6, 1-2) Teams: Sprayberry vs. Osborne Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Sprayberry High School Preview: Sprayberry (7-6, 2-2) sits in the middle of the pack in Region 5-AAAA play, but has won their last two basketball games by an average of 36 points. Osborne (4-12, 1-3) travels to Sprayberry after losing their last two games by a total of three points combined. Teams: Kell vs. Douglas County Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Douglas County High School …