After a little confusion on who was supposed to host the first Region 5-AAAAA game of the season, New Manchester made the short trip to Paulding County Tuesday evening. The Lady Jaguars opened play against the Lady Patriots, pulling away in the third period for a 47-36 victory. The New Manchester boys game came down to the wire, with Paulding edging out the Jags, 73-71.
Scoring did not come easy in the girls game. The Lady Jags took a 2-0 lead when Taiylar Hibbard put in a layup off a steal. The next score was three minutes in the making with Paulding’s Kim Person completing a finger roll. Two minutes after that, New Manchester scored off a pair of free throws by Deesha Brefford. Paulding’s Shyla Crenshaw connected on 1-of-2 from the line before Dashauna Smith closed out the first by doing the same. The Lady Jags led, 5-3.
uPaulding’s Kailah Miggens opened the second period with a layup, followed by a 3-pointer from New Manchester’s Brefford. The Lady Patriots knocked down two more points but New Manchester answered with a free throw from Adaja Brooks and a jumper from Jalysia Glover. Paulding went 1-for-2 from the line to end the half, but New Manchester still led, 11-8.
Paulding opened the second half by cutting the deficit down to one point. Both teams then battled back in forth in the low scoring game until New Manchester went on a six point run in the middle of the third period. Kenya Cordy led the run with a layup and a long jumper. Shemyah Wilson added a layup for a 21-14 lead. Up 25-17, Brefford and Glover knocked down 3-pointers, wrapped around a Paulding free throw, for a 13 point advantage. Brefford added a layup and Wilson connected on a short jumper to end the period with New Manchester leading, 35-18.
The Lady Jags went up 40-22 early in the fourth period off the defense of Smith. On the first steal, after missing the initial layup, Smith finished with a 3-pointer. On the second steal, Smith completed the play for two points. The Lady Patriots managed to cut the deficit to 11 as the clock wound down but ran out of time at the end.
Brefford led New Manchester with 12 points. Cody netted 10 despite only playing the second half after accidentally being left off the roster to start the game. Person netted a game high 13 for Paulding, followed by Miggins with 11.
In the boys game, the Jaguars jumped out to a 5-1 lead off a 3-pointer and layup by Tyler Edwards. After exchanging possessions, Paulding came roaring back, and went up 14-7 off a 11 point run. Yadler St. Germain and Standley Baptiste led the charge with four points apiece. Working to get back in the game, CJ McPherson tied the game at 19 with a pair of New Manchester free throws late in the period. Kyle Parker put the Jags up by two on a layup to end the first.
Parker picked up where he left off in the second period, scoring five of New Manchester’s first seven points, and also taking a charge on the defensive side. The Jags led, 28-24. Paulding cut the deficit to one off a 3-point play by Malik Rush. Rush then rolled in the layup to give the Patriots the lead. A 3-pointer by Germain put Paulding up, 32-28 with 2:21 on the clock.
The Jags answered back with a Tabashi Thomas 3-pointer. Aaron Reddick followed with a pair of free throws for a one point New Manchester advantage. After exchanging the lead, a couple of free throws, and then a layup by Thomas, put the Jags up, 39-34 at the half.
Paulding came out after the break and quickly tied the game at 39. After tying at 43, Paulding went on a seven point run, with Dawson Kramer and Mike Lovejoy hitting back-to-back three’s. The streak was ended on a Thomas free throw, but the Patriots now led, 50-44. The Jags managed to gain some ground as the third period ended with a Thomas 3-pointer.
The Jags fought back to tie the game at 55 with 5:40 to play off a McPherson free throw. Paulding took the lead once again on a 3-pointer by JaQuay Thompson. After a Patriot free throw, Thompson knocked down another three for a seven point run. Both teams continued to pay hard, with the Jags trailing by five as the clock ticked past the two minute mark. New Manchester trailed by five at the one minute mark but a steal, followed by a Clinton Bentley III layup made in a three point game.
The Jags went for the pressure on the throw in, but Paulding found a hole and an open man down court. Thad Williams completed a 3-point play with a layup and a free throw after getting fouled. New Manchester continued to fight and trailed by one with 10 seconds to go when Ali Abdul-Rouf knocked down a 3-pointer. The Jags fouled with 7.5 seconds on the clock and Rush hit one free throw to make it a 73-71 game.
With 2.8 seconds to go, New Manchester called a timeout with the ball on their side of the court. On the inbound, Paulding’s Williams stole the pass, ending the game.
The New Manchester boys will be back in action on Friday games at Carrollton. On Saturday, the Jags and Lady Jags will travel to Chapel Hill.