There is officially a new contender for the North Georgia Athletic Conference girls' basketball championship.
After a two-point home loss to longtime league power Heritage back on Nov. 17, the Saddle Ridge Lady Mustangs turned the tables on the Lady Generals Tuesday night, claiming a 33-31 road triumph in what is arguably the biggest basketball win in the program's history.
LaTyah Barber had 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and sunk the game-clinching free throw for the Lady Mustangs (8-3 overall, 7-3 in league play), who won their sixth game in a row.
Saddle Ridge led 19-14 at halftime. Haley Stahl finished with eight points, rebounds and two blocked shots. Mykeria Johnson had six points, eight boards and a block, while Grace Hamilton (4 points, 1 rebound, 1 block) and Ashlyn Jenkins (2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals) also had a hand in the victory.
Heritage boys 53, Saddle Ridge 13
Chris Bell paced the Mustangs (0-11) with six points, while Teddy Ownby, Nick Green and Brady Mullaly had two points apiece. Braeden Holland added one.
Saddle Ridge will play host to Gordon Lee on Thursday.
Gordon Lee boys 39, Chattanooga Valley 35
The Trojans and Eagles played a barnburner Tuesday night in Chickamauga with the home team pulling out the narrow victory.
Gordon Lee led 19-16 at halftime of the back-and-forth affair. The Trojans extended their lead to 31-23 at the end of three quarters before fending off the Eagles in the fourth.
Henry Ellis had 10 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots for the Navy-and-White. Jake Poindexter finished with eight points and Logan Simerely added seven. Cayden Powell scored just two points, but collected five assists and three steals.
King Mason scored eight of his 11 points in the first half for CVMS. Kobe Lewis had a team-high 12 points with seven coming in the fourth quarter. Amarreon Turner finished with six points on the night.
Gordon Lee girls 30, Chattanooga Valley 16
The Lady Trojans avenged an early-season loss with a 14-point victory on Tuesday.
Emoree Rogers had seven points in the win, followed by Sidney Gasaway with six and Hannah Jenkins with four. Mila Smith, Maddison Farrow and Emma Minghini all had three points, while Addison Sturdivant and Marianne Beliveau had two each.
Emma McGraw had six points for CVMS, followed by Sahara Higdon with four. Payton Buchanan collected eight rebounds and blocked three shots.