Prep Roundup: Pope keeps pace with comeback win
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Chase Hutchins scored nine of his team-high 26 points in the third quarter as the Greyhounds came back to earn a key 67-61 Region 7AAAAA victory over Sequoyah on Friday.

With the victory, Pope (11-6, 5-2) remains 1 1/2 games behind Sprayberry for the region lead.

The Greyhounds trailed 27-26 at the half, but took control in the third quarter by outscoring the Chiefs 23-16. Hutchins went on to score 10 of Pope’s 18 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.

Garrick DeBowles scored 18 points and Tyler Borko added 13.

The Greyhounds travel to Osborne on Tuesday.

Sprayberry 70, North Springs 37: Sprayberry took a 24-8 first quarter lead to set the tone and cruised the rest of the way in a Region 7AAAAA game against North Springs.

Four players scored in double figures for Sprayberry (13-4, 7-0).

Armel Potter had 17 points to lead the way. Wayne Jackson had 16 points. Nkem Ojeh finished with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, and added seven blocks. David Tshamala racked up 10 points.

Sprayberry will play at Riverwood on Tuesday.

Allatoona 68, Woodland-Bartow 39: Ephraim Tshimanga scored 22 points to lift the Buccaneers to a Region 5AAAAA victory.

Allatoona remined perfect (15-0, 8-0) and took control of the game early by opening the contest on a

14-0 run.

Tshimanga added two rebounds and two assists, but was big on the defensive end with 10 deflections that led directly to steals.

Daniel Fowler had 13 points, four rebounds and six assists, Bradley Brevet finished with 12 points and four steals, and Drew Swanson added 11 points and three boards.

The Bucs host Lithia Springs today.

McEachern 48, North Cobb 39: McEachern trailed by seven early in the first quarter in its Region 4AAAAAA game against North Cobb before picking up the defensive pressure.

After tying the game 21-all at the half, the Indians were at their best in the third quarter when they outscored the Warriors 12-2 to get separation.

Freddy Brown had 19 points to lead McEachern and Logan McIntosh had 16.

Micah Woodward had 10 points to lead North Cobb.

McEachern will play at Pace Academy in a non-region game.

Hillgrove 63, Campbell 52: Kyle Castlin scored 17 points to lead the Hawks in a Region 4AAAAAA game against Campbell. Jordan Julien added 16 points and B.J. Brown had 13.

Laz Walker had 15 points to lead Campbell (6-9, 1-7).

Hillgrove (12-3, 6-2) broke open a close game in the second quarter and built a nine-point lead at the half. That lead eventually extended to

52-38 in the fourth quarter. Seven points was as close Campbell came afterwards.

Hillgrove will play at South Cobb today. Campbell will play at Walton today in a non-region game.

Kennesaw Mountain 75, Harrison 70: Kennesaw Mountain recorded its second Region 4AAAAAA victory of the season with its win at Harrison.

The Mustangs (4-9, 2-7) led the whole game, including 17-8 at the end of the first quarter, and was up 14 in the first half before staking a 32-23 halftime advantage.

Nigel Hayes had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Mustangs. Maceo Inman added 15 points and 10 boards, while Andrew Jimenez totaled 14 points and five assists.

Justin Morgan paced Harrison with 25 points. Nick Hughes ahd 14.

Kennesaw Mountain hosts Lassiter today, while Harrison is at Pebblebrook.

Etowah 70, Lassiter 67: Lassiter led 31-30 at halftime but was outscored 22-12 in the third and never recovered in the Region 5AAAAAA road game.

Justin Jackson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer resulted in the final margin. He made three 3-pointers and finished with 32 points. Evan Durham added 15 points for the Trojans (3-11, 0-5), who gave up 10 treys to the Eagles.

Destin Porche had seven 3-pointers, including six in the second half, and scored 27 points for the Eagles. Jack Shaughnessy had three 3-pointers and totaled 26.

Lassiter is at Kennesaw Mountain today.

Whitefield Academy 58, Mount Paran Christian 48: Whitefield jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead en route to the Region 6A home victory.

Eric Lockett had 24 points for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-1), while Ajani Kerr had 12 and Norman Harris and Brendan Myles each had 10.

Zach Strong paced the Eagles with 16.

Whitefield is at Mount Pisgah Christian today, while Mount Paran hosts St. Francis.

North Cobb Christian 102, Walker 44: North Cobb Christian took command by shooting more than 50 percent (19-of-36) from beyond the arc and outscored the Wolverines 25-0 in the second quarter to pull away.

Six Eagles players scored in double figures.

Kendall Crute was the leader with 25 points and five assists for North Cobb Christian (12-3, 5-0).

Hunter Ware had 19 points, five assists and four assists; Keyshawn Butts had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists; Trey Kalina had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks; Jonathan Twine had 10 points, four steals and three assists; and Casey Brown had 13 points, all coming in the fourth quarter.

Deerfield-Windsor 79, Dominion Christian 43: Jordan Dorsey scored 25 points, but it

wasn’t enough as the Knights fell at home.

Dominion Christian trailed only 24-21 at the half, but the Knights could not handle Deerfield’s pressure defense in the second half.

Dominion (5-6) will travel to Community Christian today.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hillgrove 64, Campbell 62:
Hillgrove found a way to survive on the road in the Region 4AAAAAA game. With 3 minutes left in the game between the teams and Hillgrove trailing by one, Campbell’s Miranda McClure fouled out after scoring all 12 of her points in the second half.

Mackenzie Engram made her technical free throws to take the lead, and McClure being out of the game made it easier for Hillgrove down the stretch.

With 5 seconds remaining, freshman Jaylen Reese hit 1-of-2 free throws to put the Lady Hawks (14-2, 7-1) in front by two and Campbell’s game-winning attempt came up short.

Engram and Zarriah Pierce both had 15 points to lead Hillgrove. Tene Thompson contributed with 13.

Julie McKie led Campbell with 16 points and Jarriel Lark added 10.

Hillgrove will play at South Cobb today. Campbell (11-4, 5-3) will host Walton in a non-region game.

Harrison 63, Kennesaw Mountain 25: The Lady Hoyas cruised past their Due West rival, never scoring less than 13 points in a quarter.

Harrison (12-5, 5-4 Region 4AAAAAA) led by 21 at halftime, only building upon the margin in the second half.

Synde Wiggins finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Raicheal Tringali had 16 points, including three 3-pointers.

Kayla Wright added seven points for Harrison, which will travel to Pebblebrook today.

Anna Stewart had seven points for Kennesaw Mountain (4-8, 2-5), which will host Lassiter today.

Lassiter 41, Etowah 38: After exchanging leads with the Lady Eagles in the first half, the Lady Trojans were able to pull away in the second before holding on.

Lassiter (7-7, 3-2 Region 5AAAAAA) led by nine after the first quarter, only to see Etowah tie it by intermission.

Grace Keheley had 10 points, with Morgan Tomcho adding nine, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Kell 42, Forsyth Central 37: Kell scored only 23 points in the first three quarters, but ralled for 19 in the fourth to beat Forsyth Central in Region 7AAAAA play.

Santavia Grant had 15 points with seven coming in the fourth quarter. Brittany Stocus had eight points with half of them coming in the fourth.

Kell (6-10, 4-3) will host North Cobb in a non-region game today.

Mount Paran 58, Whitefield Academy 23: The Lady Eagles dominated the first half against their Cobb County rival and was already ahead 45-10 at the break.

Renee Van Horn had 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Que Morrison chipped in with 12 points and added nine steals. Bree Brown had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Mount Paran (10-2, 4-0) will host St. Francis today.

SWIMMING

Walton sweeps five-team meet:
The Raiders and Lady Raiders both emerged victoriously from the Cobb County gathering at Central Aquatic Center.

The boys finished with 525 points, followed by Wheeler (414), Harrison (380), Hillgrove (328) and Marietta (276).

The Walton girls had 534 points, besting Harrison (424), Hillgrove (334), Marietta (329) and Wheeler (323).

Among Walton’s notable performers were Johanna Keeline (girls 50-yard freestyle; 25.86 seconds), Olivia Winkler (girls 100 butterfly; 1:01) and Nicholas Froemming (boys 50 free; 23.32).

Other standouts included Hillgrove’s Cullen Fields (boys 100 fly; 53.66), Wheeler’s Kevin Zhou (100 free; 50:09) and Marietta’s Annie Martin (100 freestyle, 56.78).

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