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Elston goes over 1,000 career points as LFO wins twice
 
 02.08.17

The LFO Lady Warriors picked up two close home wins over opponents from Chatsworth last week to improve to 16-9 on the season entering this week's Region 6-AAA tournament at Calhoun High School.

LFO was scheduled to begin their region tournament on Monday against Bremen at 8:30 p.m., but due to newspaper deadlines, results were not available as of press time.

A win by the Lady Warriors on Monday would put them in a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday against Haralson County or Coahulla Creek.

LFO girls 43, Murray County 40

The Lady Warriors lost the turnover battle to Murray County, 17-15, last Tuesday night. However, the Red-and-White made up for it by enjoying a huge advantage in the paint in a victory over the Lady Indians in Fort Oglethorpe.

LFO outscored Murray County 28-10 in the lane and 13-3 on second chance points as they held off the visitors in the second half.

The Lady Warriors led 10-2 after one quarter and 24-14 at the break. Murray County would trim the gap to two starting the fourth, but LFO would come up with enough down the stretch to grab the subregion victory.

Jazzmyn Elston had a huge night for the home team, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Macey Gregg added seven points, while Anna Roundtree and Sydni Eaves had four each.

LFO girls 49, North Murray 43

The Lady Warriors sent Elston and Eaves out as winners on Senior Night as they fought off the Lady Mountaineers to win this past Friday.

Elston had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Warriors, who led 19-6 after one quarter of play. The Lady Mountaineers cut into the lead by halftime, trailing 24-17 at the break, only to see the home team stretch it back out to 40-25 at the start of the fourth quarter.

North Murray made a fourth-quarter comeback, but it was too little, too late from the girls from Chatsworth.

Gregg had 10 points and six rebounds. Maia Payne added seven points and Eaves finished with three points, three rebounds and five assists.

Elston also broke the 1,000 career-point barrier in the win.

Murray County boys 50, LFO 35

Triston Bennett was LFO's last Tuesday. He also had 10 rebounds and 11 block shots in the loss.

North Murray boys 52, LFO 30

The Warriors dropped to 5-20 overall with the loss on Friday. Zack Thompson had eight points in defeat.

LFO is slated to play Sonoraville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Region 6-AAA tournament.

With a win, they would play at 8:30 Wednesday night against North Murray or Bremen.

The boys' region tournament will also be played at Calhoun High School.


UPCOMING AREA SCHEDULES
 02.08.17

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Tuesday, Feb. 7

LFO, Ringgold at Region 6-AAA Tournament, TBA Heritage at Region 6-AAAA Tourmament (at Southeast Whitfield), TBA

Thursday, Feb. 9

LFO, Ringgold at Region 6-AAA Tournament, TBA Heritage at Region 6-AAAA Tourmament (at Southeast Whitfield), TBA

Friday, Feb. 10

LFO, Ringgold at Region 6-AAA Tournament, TBA Heritage at Region 6-AAAA Tourmament (at Southeast Whitfield), TBA

Saturday, Feb. 11

LFO, Ringgold at Region 6-AAA Tournament, TBA Heritage at Region 6-AAAA Tourmament (at Southeast Whitfield), TBA

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Southeast Whitfield at Heritage (girls only), 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Heritage at Dalton (girls only), 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10

Northwest Whitfield at LFO (girls only), 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Thursday, Feb. 9

Heritage at Class AAAA State (Macon)

Friday, Feb. 10

LFO, Ringgold at Class AAA State (Macon) Heritage at Class AAAA State (at Macon Coliseum)

Saturday, Feb. 11

LFO, Ringgold at Class AAA State (at Macon Coliseum) Heritage at Class AAAA State (at Macon Coliseum)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Thursday, Feb. 9

Hiwassee College at Georgia Northwestern (men) (at Rossville Athletic Center) 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10

Georgia Northwestern (women) at Toccoa Falls College, 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13

Georgia Northwestern (women) at Southern Crescent Tech, 5 p.m.

Georgia Northwestern (men) at Southern Crescent Tech, 7 p.m.


Lady Generals fall to Sonoraville in preseason soccer scrimmage
 
 02.08.17

A young Heritage Lady Generals soccer team took to their home field this past Thursday night for a preseason scrimmage against Sonoraville.

Brianna Smotherman scored off an assist from Jillian Roberts, but it would be the only goal the Navy-and-Red would manage in a 4-1 loss to the Lady Phoenix.

The tally came in the final 10 minutes of the match as Roberts sent what head coach Desiree Robinson called "a perfectly paced one-touch pass" to Smotherman, who beat the Sonoraville keeper with a blast to the back of the net.

"It was definitely not our usual scrimmage, but I believe it was one of the most helpful scrimmages we've had since I've been coaching for Heritage," Robinson said. "It really allowed us to see where our strengths and weaknesses are and has allowed us start working on those weakness early on in the season.

"We have a great team this year with a lot of new freshmen so it may take us a little while. But I think we will be a fierce team once we click."

Details on the boys' scrimmage had not been reported as of press time.

The Lady Generals will kick off the 2017 season this Tuesday (Feb. 7) at home Southeast Whitfield at 5 p.m. The match will not count in the Region 6-AAAA standings. Heritage's girls will have another non-region match at Dalton on Thursday.


Heritage boys claim No. 3 seed, Heritage girls No. 2 after losing coin flip with Northwest
 
 02.08.17

The Heritage Generals finished the regular season as the No. 3 seed in the Region 6-AAAA standings, but it wasn't earned without a fight.

Having to face scrappy Ridgeland twice in the last week of the regular season – thanks in part to a makeup game from a postponement earlier in the year – the Generals were beaten on the road last Tuesday, but won on Friday. The Generals (18-7 overall, 8-4 region) were scheduled to open the tournament at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against No. 6 seed Gilmer, the same Bobcats who upset the Generals, 54-52, in Ellijay on Jan. 20.

A win over Gilmer would put the Generals in Thursday's semifinals against either LaFayette or Pickens and clinch Heritage a spot in the Class AAAA state tournament.

Ridgeland boys 57, Heritage 52

In a tight game from start to finish, Heritage led by one after the first period and held a slim 27-26 lead at intermission.

Ridgeland would pull even to start the fourth period before going on to claim the victory.

Markeith Montgomery shined brightest for the Panthers with 19 points, followed by nine each from Christian Battle and Markeion Jones. Grayson Moore added eight and Fred Norman put up seven in the win.

Cole Wilcox had 17 points to lead Heritage. Tylon Gaines finished with nine and Blake Bryan added eight.

Heritage boys 76, Ridgeland 62

Several times in the second half Friday night, it looked as if the Panthers were about to take the lead from the Generals.

Heritage however, refused to let it happen.

In a game full of important runs, Heritage's 9-0 spurt late in the third quarter proved to be the decisive one and the Generals picked up the win to claim the tournament's No. 3 seed.

Ridgeland led 30-29 at halftime, but the Generals would use a 12-4 run to forge ahead in the third quarter.

The Panthers would cut the gap down to 43-41 with 2:57 left in the third when the run began. Senior Khari Spearman got things going with a lay-up in transition and junior Joel Martin had four points off the bench to help push the lead back to 11 by the end of the period,

Three fourth-quarter 3-pointers by C.J. Shackleford allowed Ridgeland to hang around, but the Panthers would get no closer than nine points the rest of the night.

Bryan and Gaines both hit threes in the fourth for the Generals and a floater in the lane by Corbee Wilson with just under two minutes remaining would cap it off as Heritage pulled away late.

Bryan had 18 points to lead Heritage, followed by Luke Grant with 14, Wilcox with 13 and Gaines with 12.

Shackleford and Battle each had 14 points for Ridgeland. Norman finished with nine and Moore added

eight in the loss.

Heritage girls 68, Ridgeland 37

The state-ranked Lady Generals had little trouble with the shorthanded Lady Panthers last Tuesday.

Sydney Smith paced Heritage with 14 points, followed by Reagan Armour and Emily Wiley with 13.

Brylee Dunn led Ridgeland with 12 points, while Amaya Harrington added nine. The Lady Panthers were without senior standout Sarah Meadows, who missed the game with a knee injury.

Heritage girls 90, Ridgeland 46

The Lady Panthers hung with the Navy-and-Red nearly point-for-point for the first 14 minutes of the game and Ridgeland missed a chance to take the lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.

But the home team would need less than a minute to reel off an 8-1 run and they followed that up with eight unanswered points in the final two minutes of the half to turn a 27-26 nail-biter into a 43-27 cushion at the break.

Heritage would open the second half on an 11-2 run and never looked back as they took control for good. A 3-pointer by senior Alexys Bolden with 3:50 left in the third pushed the Lady Generals' lead to 30 and they would add to it in the final period.

Smith had 24 points in the win, followed by Shayla Ludy and Ansley Bice with 15 each. Heritage ended the night with 13 3-pointers.

Dunn had 20 points to lead Ridgeland. Haley Sandridge added eight and Hailey Bryant finished with five.

Heritage (23-2, 11-1) finished in a tie for first place with Northwest Whitfield in the final Region 6-AAAA standings, but lost a coin flip with the Lady Bruins that gave Northwest the top overall seed in the tournament, a bye to the semifinals and an automatic state berth.

The Lady Generals were scheduled to open the tournament at Southeast Whitfield at 7:30 p.m. on Monday against LaFayette. A win would put them into the state tournament and into the semifinals on Thursday.