Sonoraville's Maliyah Parks

Sonoraville’s Maliyah Parks (34) drives between three Armuchee defenders during Tuesday’s game. (Tim Godbee, For the Calhoun Times)

Tim Godbee, Photographer

Sonoraville girls 44,

Armuchee 36

ROME — he Lady Phoenix suffocated Armuchee on the defensive end and held off a fourth-quarter charge to earn a solid non-region road win on Tuesday.

Sonoraville (2-1) held the Lady Indians to single-digit outputs in each of the first three quarter and did enough offensively to build a lead that they didn’t relinquish. Armuchee (3-2) got within five at 37-32 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Phoenix quickly responded with seven straight points to put the game away.

“I was really pleased with our defense,” said Sonoraville coach Stephanie Caudell. “I thought Grace (Darnell) really played well on No. 31 tonight (Livia Skinner), which is their best scorer. We normally don’t ask her to do a lot defensively because of how much she does as a point guard for our offense, but she stepped up tonight.”

Sonoraville led 13-9 after the first quarter and then 19-14 at the half in the low-scoring affair. Their biggest quarter came in the third when they outscored the host Lady Indians 13-8 to build a 32-22 lead going to the final quarter.

Maliyah Parks carried a lot of the scoring load for Sonoraville with 16 points. Alexa Geary added eight, and Darnell and Emma Garland both scored five.

“They didn’t really have anyone that matched up well with (Maliyah), and she did a good job taking advantage of that for us,” said Caudell. “She could’ve had a bigger night if she made a few more at the free throw line, but she’s going to work at that and get better from there. Even without making many free throws, she still had a double-double so she’s very important to what we do.”

Skinner scored a game-high 17 for Armuchee, including eight in the fourth quarter as she tried to will her team back into it. Brandy Ann Wacker added eight.

The Lady Phoenix have now won two in a row since dropping their opener to Cherokee (Ala.). Caudell said she has seen her team working to get better, but they still have some improvements to make before getting into the region portion of the schedule.

“We’ve still got a lot of young players,” said Caudell. “We’ve done some good things, but we still need to focus on improving every game on both ends of the court. We want to be playing better basketball once we get into region and subregion.”

Sonoraville are on the road at North Murray on Friday at 7 p.m. in their first Region 6-AAA crossover game.