The New Manchester girls basketball team competed in the Carrollton Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Jaguars opened the tourney with a loss to the host school, 44-37. On the second day, New Manchester defeated Paulding County, 45-35.

Carrollton jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first quarter on Friday. They led 20-13 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter, going up 34-19.

“We both came out real slow,” said NMHS coach Vincent Parks. “We changed up the defense a little bit and played more zone and it was working well. Our biggest issue was we did not execute on offense. We have to be more consistent across the board to be successful. In the fourth we played a little bit better and finally made some shots. We made it close at the end.”

Along with missing shots, the Lady Jags also committed 22 turnovers.

Deesha Brefford led the offense with 12 points. She hit a couple of shots late off transitions. She also had a few points come off isolation plays. Nile Jones followed with nine points. Dashauna Smith added seven.

On Saturday, Paulding took a 14-12 lead late in the fourth quarter, but New Manchester quickly turned the tide and led, 29-22 at the half. They were up 37-27 after the third quarter.

“We came out looking good, playing man-to-man, and pressing,” Parks said. “We got into a good offensive flow and were getting the ball to the paint much more than we were used to.”

Brefford led the team with 15 points. She scored mostly in transition though she knocked down a couple of jumpers in the middle quarters.

“We were doing a good job pushing the ball, and we got the ball to the middle and she attacked,” Parks said.

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