The Alexander, Douglas County and Chapel Hill basketball programs all hosted home games Tuesday evening.
The Cougars and Lady Cougars hosted a pair of 5-AAAA region games against the Trojans and Lady Trojans from nearby Carrollton. DC welcomed region 3-AAAAAA foe Newnan to town. The Panthers and Lady Panthers hosted two separate schools within their 4-AAA region. The Lady Panthers squared off against all-girls school of Coretta Scott King. The boys hosted the all-boys school, B.E.S.T. Academy.
The AHS boy defeated Carrollton, 75-56 behind a 33-point performance from Hassani Gravett. The Cougars led 19-14 after the first period and 45-28 at the break. They were up 65-40 at the end of the third.
“We came out in the first and played hard but were not hitting a lot of shots,” said coach Jason Slate. “Hassani took over in the second quarter and played within the offense. We continued to play good defense and got the separation.
Artavious Love followed with eight points.
The Lady Cougars fell to Carrollton, 49-44. AHS got off to an extremely slow start and found themselves down 14-7 after the first period and 25-15 at the break. Alexander managed to cut the deficit some in the third period, and trailed 33-28. They would get as close as four points over the final eight minutes but could not overcome the slow start.
“We are averaging 13 points per quarter this year and only had 15 for the half,” said AHS coach Adam Watts. “We had to put them on the free throw line and managed to cut then to four but we were not able to capitalize on the situation.”
Alexander missed 10 free throws and 16 layups in the game.
“We did enough to win, we just have to execute,” Watts said.
The Lady Panthers made quick work of visiting Coretta Scott King Tuesday, winning 67-19. Chapel Hill took a large lead early, going up 28-3 by the end of the first period. They led 38-8 at the break and 48-13 by the end of the third.
CHHS had five players with at least eight points and three to score in double digits. Erica Jones led the way with 12 points, followed by Shelby Robinson and Alex Weems, who netted 10 points apiece.
The starters did not remain in the game for long, allowing some of the subs to shine. Candice Salters led the team off the bench with nine points. Lovydia Hollman followed with eight.
“This was a good win and the girls played hard,” said CHHS coach Scott Long. “We were able to get a lot of the younger girls some work.”
The Panther boys fell to BEST Academy, 57-54. They were down 14-8 in the first period and 30-23 at the break. They trailed 47-40 after the third. Chapel Hill pulled to within one point with 1:30 to go.
“We got some tough calls down the stretch,” said CHHS coach Lee Wilson. “But the bottom line is we should have never been in that situation. We were 9-for-22 from the free throw line and played the poorest basketball in the first quarter that we have played all year. We shot ourselves in the foot.”
Reese Anderson led the Panthers with 18 points. Efe Balfour followed with 10.
The DC girls put visiting Newnan away quickly Tuesday evening, winning 68-39. The Lady Tigers went up 23-4 in the first period but lost focus in the second. However, they took a 31-20 lead into the break. Douglas County came out firing in the third period and went up 52-27. They cruised to the victory from there.
Maya Benham led the scoring with 17 points. Doris Ijeoma followed with 11 and Santasia Faust added 10 and Amira Atwater netted eight.
“Doris really played well and does a lot of things on defense that the average fan doesn’t really notice but the coaches love,” said DC coach Chet Forsh. “This was a good team effort.”
The Douglas County boys lost to Newnan, 56.53. The Tigers took an 18-14 lead after the first period and led by one, 28-27 at the break. They were up 45-38 after the third period but were outscored 18-8 over the final eight minutes.
Brandon Robinson led DC with 16 points and seven rebounds. Justin Bridges followed with 10 and three steals.