Prep Roundup: NCC advances at Lake City
by MDJ staff reports
December 28, 2013 12:52 AM | 1172 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keyshawn Butts had an all-around game to lead North Cobb Christian to a 73-43 rout of Paulding County in Friday’s opening round of Allatoona’s Lake City Classic.

Butts finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and six steals for the Eagles (9-2), who will face Carrollton in today’s semiofinal.

John Twine added 19 points and five assists, Stephon Jelks had 13 points and eight rebounds and Kendall Crute added 10 points. Trey Kalina led the Eagles with 13 rebounds to go with his eight points, and Hunter Ware finished with eight points and seven assists.

Campbell 58, Towers 46: Laz Walker scored a team-high 19 points, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, as the Spartans won a round-robin game of the Campbell Holiday Classic.

While Walker was making his free throws, Towers couldn’t find the range from the line. It went 1-for-11 in the first half, and Campbell took advantage by building a 28-11 lead at the break.

Randy McClure finished with 12 points, while Mike Olmert had nine points and 10 assists. Dom Klein had eight points and six boards, while Monty Daniel finished with six points and six rebounds.

The Spartans (5-7) will face Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) in tonight’s tournament finale.

Walton 66, Marshall County (Ky.) 49: The Raiders took their undefeated record out of state and maintained it in the opening game of the Marlin Christmas Classic in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Walton (9-0) led by three after the first quarter, before continuing to add breathing room in the next two quarters.

Four players scored in double digits as the Raiders won despite suffering foul trouble. Chad Clay had 16 points, followed by Nick Wells’ 13 and 10 apiece for Elijah Weems and Maurice Gibson.

Walton will face tournament host Arnold today.

Late Thursday

New Site (Miss.) 54, Lassiter 50:
The Trojans couldn’t hold onto a 39-36 lead at the end of the third quarter, en route to an opening-round loss at the Bay Barnstorm Classic in Panama City, Fla.

New Site made better than 80 percent of its free throws and connected on a key 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to seal the victory.

Evan Dunham and Justin Jackson each had 12 points for Lassiter, which committed 20 turnovers.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Hillgrove 48, Fayette County 43: After a sluggish start, the Lady Hawks controlled the second half and rallied to win at the Duluth Jingle Jam.

Hillgrove (10-2) fell into a 14-4 hole after the first quarter, and took the same 10-point gap into halftime before turning things around.

Mackenzie Engram finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, along with five blocks. Zarriah Pierce added 12 points, while Jayln Reese had 10.

Hillgrove will continue tournament play today against the event’s host, Duluth.

North Cobb 64, Duluth 53: The Lady Warriors connected on four 3-pointers during a 23-point first quarter to help them grab control of the game early and roll to a win in the Duluth Jingle Jam.

Kyrie’ Chandler and Anyia Corley each scored eight points in the run that built North Cobb a 15-point lead after a quarter.

Chandler finished with a team-high 23 points, Corley had 15 and Alexis Luster added 12. Kristian Carter controlled the glass with 11 rebounds.

The Lady Warriors (9-3) will face Fayette County today in the final day of the tournament.

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December 28, 2013
Hello MDJ. Can you post something about why you can't do your own investigation on the girls who transferred to McEachern? A formal complaint was submitted to the GHSA and Cobb County Schools about a month ago and nothing has been mentioned about it. Can't you look into it and see why the county is dragging its feet. It seems as though they are either hoping it goes away or waiting until after the season. I don't think that is exactly fait to the other teams in the region who are playing by the rules. Is there anything you can do to help hold Cobb County accountable?
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December 28, 2013
Great games. How will this all play out at tournament time? Which team will miss the State playoffs because McEachern's gets to lock up a spot each year by cheating. Coaches, which one of you will be getting to watch McEachern play from your living room this year? Looks like Hillgrove has second place in hand, so I am going to guess that Campbell,Harrison, Marietta or N.Cobb are going to be very sad in February. Oh well, who cares! Everyone cheats, right?
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