Prep Roundup: NCC has edge against Whitefield
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North Cobb Christian took advantage of Whitefield Academy’s defensive struggles and won 76-63 on Friday in a battle of Class A powerhouses.

Whitefield shot well on the road, with Eric Lockett scoring 19 points and Berto Dryden adding 12 points, but North Cobb Christian never cracked against Whitefield’s pressure.

The Eagles (7-1, 3-0 Region 6A) had six players in double figures, led by Kendall Crute’s 18 points. Keyshawn Butts and Stephon Jelks each had 12, Jonathan Twine and Trey Kalina both finished with 11 and Hunter Ware added 10.

Butts also finished with 11 rebounds and six steals. Twine finished with eight assists.

Whitefield (3-1, 2-1) will host Providence Christian today. North Cobb Christian will play North Gwinnett today as part of Greater Atlanta Christian Blue Collar Basketball Showcase.

Walton 62, Roswell 37: The Raiders dominated from the outset and maintained their undefeated start to the season.

Walton (7-0, 4-0 Region 5AAAAAA) led 25-14 by the end of the first quarter, and it took a 32-point edge into the fourth before slowing down the pace of the game.

Elijah Weems led the Raiders with 18 points, while Nick Wells added 12 and Maurice Gibson nine. All 12 of Walton’s varsity players scored.

Walton will step out of region play today when it hosts Campbell.

Kell 67, Lassiter 58: The Longhorns’ big second quarter proved to be pivotal as they beat their east Cobb neighbor in a non-region game.

Kell (4-5) held a 23-12 edge in the second, boosted by four 3-pointers. Aside from that period, Lassiter (2-5) actually had the edge, by a 46-44 margin.

Grant Bryant led the Longhorns with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Jarvis Jones and J.T. Turner had 13 points apiece.

Evan Dunham scored a game-high 15 for Lassiter, followed by Divine Anyanwoke’s 12.

Kell will face Columbia today as part of a showcase event at Greater Atlanta Christian. Lassiter will travel to Westminster today.

Hillgrove 74, Pebblebrook 64: B.J. Brown and Kyle Castlin each had 19 points to lead the Hawks to the Region 4AAAAAA road win.

Jordan Julian chipped in 15 for Hillgrove (6-2, 4-2).

Ty Hudson led Pebblebrook with 33 points.

Hillgrove will take on Cartersville today as part of the Blue Collar Showcase at Greater Atlanta Christian.

Osborne 89, Pope 82: The Cardinals held a double-digit lead in the fourth-quarter before three consecutive 3-pointers pulled the Greyhounds within five.

D’Haire Haney and Tyriq Morris combined to go 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the win for Osborne (4-3, 2-2).

Haney finished with 32 points and eight rebounds, while Morris had 14 points. Shaihem Hogan had 18 points and four assists, and Kyrie Hogan added 17 points and nine rebounds.

North Cobb 52, Kennesaw Mountain 41: Daniel Beausejour had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Warriors to their fourth straight win.

Micah Woodward added 10 points for North Cobb (4-5, 3-3 Region 4AAAAAA), which trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Mustangs by 23-8 to win the game. The Warriors managed the run by hitting more shots and getting more stops.

Andrew Jimenez had 13 to lead Kennesaw Mountain (2-5, 0-4).

North Cobb will play at Marietta on Monday, while Kennesaw Mountain will host South Cobb.

Sprayberry 56, Riverwood 55: The Yellow Jackets trailed the first three quarters in their Region 7AAAAA contest before rallying in the fourth to seal it.

Sprayberry (6-3, 4-0) managed to take over by outscoring Riverwood 11-1 from the free- throw line in the fourth quarter alone. The Yellow Jackets finally took the lead with roughly 2 minutes left to play and held on as the Raiders’ game-tying shot attempt missed at the buzzer.

David Tshamala led Sprayberry with 21 points, while Nkem Ojeh had 11 points and Maurion Skrine 10.

Sprayberry (6-3, 4-0) will host Walker today.

King’s Ridge Christian 53, Mount Paran Christian 41: Zach Strong led the Eagles with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but they still had difficulty containing King’s Ridge’s Maquise Jackson, who finished with 19 points.

Mount Paran was up by one at the half before King’s Ridge outscored the Eagles 16-8 in the fourth quarter.

Mount Paran will host Towns County on Friday.

Shiloh Hills Christian 61, Cumberland Christian 52 (OT): The Challengers were 7-of-9 from the free-throw line during overtime to pull away from the Patriots.

Allen hit a 3 with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime, tied 52-all.

Trey Black was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the game and was second on the team with 18 points.

Allen led Shiloh Hills with 26 points, including four 3s. He also had five rebounds and five assists.

D.J. Ferguson had just six points, but they came on a pair of 3-pointers.

Shiloh Hills (12-4) will play at Mountain Area Christian on Thursday.

Griffin Christian 72, Dominion Christian 63: Tate Cooney had 25 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Knights.

Dominion had 25 turnovers and was outplayed in transition. The Knights was down to 17 points to start the fourth quarter and managed to cut it to seven.

Jordan Dorsey added 18 points and nine boards.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Kell 38, Lassiter 35:
Grace Keheley’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark, giving the Lady Longhorns the non-region win at home.

Keheley finished with 10 points for the Lady Trojans (5-5). Emilee Olsen added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Maeve Vitale chipped in nine points.

Onyx Henderson scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half for Kell (2-7). Jordan Dubose contributed 10.

Lassiter is at Westminster today. Kell will be off until the Campbell Holiday Classic begins Dec. 27.

Osborne 77, Pope 56: The Lady Cardinals had an all-around effort in their Region 7AAAAA road win.

Zutorya Cook had 25 points and six steals for Osborne (5-4, 4-0), which led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter and 35-26 at halftime.

Nikira Goings added 18 points and seven steals, while Raven Brown chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Alexis Singletary totaled 12 points and 10 boards for a double-double.

Osborne will be at Hillgrove on Monday.

Hillgrove 68, Pebblebrook 18: Following a tough Region 4AAAAAA loss to McEachern on Tuesday, jumping out to a 27-5 first-quarter lead was all the Lady Hawks needed to set the stage.

Tene Thompson led visiting Hillgrove (8-2, 5-1) with 20 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter. Kennedy Thomas added eight.

Hillgrove will play a non-region game against Osborne at home Monday. Pebblebrook (1-3, 1-3) will play at Campbell.

Mount Paran Christian 52, Landmark Christian 38: Bri Brown had 15 points for the Lady Eagles, also pulling down eight rebounds.

Que Morrison added 16 points for Mount Paran (5-1), which rolled out to a 16-7 first-quarter lead and was ahead 50-21 in the fourth quarter before Landmark outscored the Lady Eagles 17-2 to make the game closer.

Mount Paran will play at North Paulding today in a non-region game.

Shiloh Hills Christian 47, Cumberland Christian 24: Hannah Manross’ triple-double led the Lady Challengers past the county rival.

Manross finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, all team-high totals for Shiloh Hills (10-4).

Samantha Henderson matched Manross’ point total — going 8-for-10 from the free-throw line —and made five steals. Kayla Allen scored nine, and Abigail Hendrix had six.

Shiloh Hills will travel Thursday to Mountain Area Christian.

Griffin Christian 46, Dominion Christian 16: Bailey Fawcett led the Lady Knights with nine points, but they couldn’t match up with their opponent.

Fawcett also had 12 rebounds, while Chrisiana Green had nine rebounds and Ava Johnson scored seven points.

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