from staff reports
The Meridian Star
After battling flu-like symptoms in recent games, Newton County Academy forward Chance Collins was at full strength Thurday night, helping the Generals to a 54-46 win over Lamar Christian at home.
Collins led the Generals on offense with 32 points while also compiling 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals on the night.
“Tonight was the first night he was fully healthy,” NCA head coach Tommy Parker said of Collins. “He came out and set the tempo early. He pushed the ball and made a big difference in the ballgame.”
Seth McCormick also had a big night for NCA, dominating the paint while racking up seven points and nine rebounds. McCormick was one of several Generals who made a difference on the defensive end, as Parker said he was impressed with his team’s defensive performance on the night.
The Generals took a 27-25 lead into the half before catching fire in the third to take a 43-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
“Throughout the year, we have not played very well in the third quarter,” Parker said. “We usually have a lull coming out of the break. We were able to force them into some tough shots, get the rebound and run with it. That’s what we like to do.”
Lamar Christian battled back late in the fourth, cutting the lead to 48-46 with just over a minute to go, but that’s as close as the visitors would come as Newton County (9-5, 3-2) withstood the run and held on for the victory.
“Tonight was a huge win for us,” Parker said. “It was huge for us to come back and get over the .500 mark in district. That game was critical. Now we are over .500, and I think we are taking a step toward playing a whole game instead of just two or three quarters.”
Lamar Christian girls 53
Newton County Aca. 38
Laura Chatham led visiting Lamar Christian with a game-high 20 points and teammate Ashley Hobson scored 12 points to help the Lady Lions to a win Thursday night.
Sky Watson scored 11 points to lead Newton County Academy (2-10).
Newton County will travel to Christian Collegiate on Monday.
Pickens Aca. girls 56
Russell Christian Aca. 39
Payton Lippert led the Lady Warriors in a losing effort, tallying 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anna James was also in double digits for RCA with 11 points, while Haley Fuller added two points to go with 10 rebounds and two steals on the night.
Pickens Academy boys 56
Russell Christian Aca.
Josh Lewis led Pickens Academy with 27 points, while Daniel Cameron also chipped in 10 points for the Pirates. Russell was led by Ashton Temple with 19 points, while Bret Boland also added 16 points on the night.
Russell Christian will return to action Tuesday night when it travels to Wayne Academy.
Non basketball scores
Southeast Lauderdale boys soccer 9
Choctaw Central 0
Hunter Graham led the Tigers with three goals and was followed by Chase Hughes with two. Andrew Bernard, Josh Johnson, Noah Johnson and Caleb McGrew also scored a goal apiece. Southeast (11-1, 6-0) travels to Louisville on Tuesday.