Prep Roundup: North Cobb downs top-seeded Newton
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Chantel Strahorn made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the North Cobb to a 59-50 road win over Newton in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs Friday night.

Trailing 17-11 after one quarter, Region 4AAAAAA’s fourth-seeded Lady Warriors (20-10) went on a 20-1 run in the second to grab control of the game.

North Cobb will travel to Douglas County on Monday for their second-round contest.

Kyrie’ Chandler scored 15 points including making 6-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter. Aniya Corley scored 11 points, Moriah Hopkins made two 3-pointers for her six points. Celina Cotton added only two points, but she pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

McEachern 104, Rockdale County 46: The Lady Indians had four players in double figures as they rolled to a first-round victory in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Leading 55-24 at the half, McEachern (24-2) played the backups nearly the entire second half.

Te’a Cooper scored 21 points with six assists and Jada Lewis had 18 points. Caliya Robinson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Taylor Gordon added 12 points.

The Lady Indians will host Brunswick on Monday in Round 2.

Duluth 55, Lassiter 31: Lassiter got off to a strong start and had a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but it had difficulty answering Duluth’s full court pressure in its first-round Class AAAAAA playoff game.

Lassiter started turning the ball over in the third quarter as a result of Duluth’s pressure, which led to routine buckets by the Lady Wildcats, and the Lady Trojans were facing a 38-23 deficit going into the fourth.

Grace Keheley led Lassiter in scoring with 10 points, while Maeve Vitale added eight.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hillgrove 56, Newton County 44:
Hillgrove recovered from a flat second quarter performance and took over the game in the second half.

After a strong start in the first quarter, when they led 13-7, the Hawks managed just five second quarter points and found themselves trailing by seven at the break.

Hillgrove made a run at the end of the third, and the Hawks eventually tied it at 35-all by moving the ball better and creating open looks.

The Hawks had four players in double figures with Kyle Castlin finishing with14 points, Keith Ray 13 and B.J Brown and Antonio Wade both ending up with 11.

Hillgrove (22-7) will play either Douglas County or Valdosta in the second round.

Late Thursday

Dominion Christian 51, Loganville Christian 40:
The Knights retained their GISA Region 1AAA championship with a strong start and a strong finish in the title game at the Heritage School.

Dominion (14-11) led 15-8 after the first quarter, but allowed Loganville Christian to trim the lead over the next two periods before pulling back out in the fourth.

Jordan Dorsey led the Knights with 19 points and five rebounds, while Tate Cooney had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Dominion was also helped by its success at the free-throw line, where it was 16-of-21.

The Knights will open the GISA Class AAA state tournament Thursday, with games played at Stratford Academy in Macon. Dominion will draw the No. 4 seed of Region 2AAA.

BASEBALL

Kennesaw Mountain 3, Lassiter 2 (10 inn.):
Patrick Martin was walked with the bases loaded to drive in the eventual game-winning run as the Mustangs won a non-region contest.

Ryley Gilliam and Zack Chandler combined for five innings of two-hit relief of starter Zach Goodman. Goodman went five innings and struck out seven. Chandler picked up the win.

Reggie Pruitt was 2-for-5 with a triple, Matt Cole had an RBI double, and Tyler Stephenson added a hit and an RBI.

Kennesaw Mountain (2-1) will host North Atlanta on Monday.

Harrison 8, Stephenson 2: Harrison scored four second inning runs to set the tone in a non-region game.

Cole Austin was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs. Tanner Weeks was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jason Cook was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ross Neely was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Andrew Patrick threw three innings to get the win, giving up just one hit and had three strikeouts.

Harrison (1-0) will play at Sprayberry today.

Hillgrove 7, Loganville 0: The Hawks scored four runs in the fourth innings to put the game out of reach and preserve the shutout in their season opener.

Hillgrove (1-0) took advantage of walks and errors but also got clutch fourth-inning hits from Channing Painton and Tristan Delozier.

The Hawks threw four pitchers, with Tyler Watkins getting the win for Hillgrove.

Hillgrove will host Brookwood on Wednesday.

Mount Paran Christian 17, Cherokee 8: A season-opening trip to Canton was a good one for the Eagles, who had 18 hits against the Class AAAAAA opponent.

Matt Norton was 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs, with Travis Isenburg 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Jake Palomaki 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Taylor Trammel was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Isaac Phillips batted 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Jake Allen (1-0) started, allowing four hits over four innings, then was relieved by Norton.

Mount Paran (1-0) will travel to Eagle’s Landing Christian today in a rematch of last year’s Class A private-school state championship series.

BOYS SOCCER

Campbell 3, Lassiter 2 (PK):
Jarren Nixon scored with 30 seconds to play in the second half to send the game to overtime, and then the Spartans came away with the non-region victory in penalty kicks.

Heriberto Sevilla also scored for Campbell in regulation. The Spartans won 7-6 in penalty kicks.

Jumar Oakley and Josh Stoll each scored a goal for Lassiter (2-0-2).

Hillgrove 2, Kell 0: Andrew Gaughan scored a pair of goals to lead the Hawks to the non-region win.

Gaughan was assisted by Daniel Franks on his first score in the opening half, then scored the second goal on a penalty kick.

Chip Nettina and Justin Higgins combined to record the shutout for Hillgrove (2-1), which will be off until hosting Kennesaw Mountain on March 4.

Walker 8, Christian Heritage 0: The Wolverines did most of their damage in the first half in their Area 7A opener, taking a five-goal lead at the half.

Read Baca scored four goals, all coming in the first half, and assisted Conrad heath’s first half goal.

Justin Delbrook, Parker Smith and Zach Hamilton also had goals.

Walker (2-0, 1-0) will play at Whitefield Academy on Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Walker 4, Christian Heritage 0:
Mallory Schneiderman scored a goal and had two assists as the Lady Wolverines posted a shutout in an Area 7A contest.

Megan Turner, Ilicia Martin and Lauren Brock each added a goal, while Emily Kennerson finished with two assists.

Walker (1-1) will travel to Whitefield Academy on Tuesday.

Hillgrove 2, Kell 0: Annamarie Arino scored on a pass from Sidney A. Clark in the first half to give the Lady Hawks all the offense they would need in the non-region contest.

In the second half, Clark scored off an assist from Arino to put the game out of reach.

Abby Whiteside and Carlee Dykes combined on the shutout in goal.

Hillgrove (1-0) will host Sequoyah on Thursday. Kell (1-1-1) will host Roswell on Wednesday.

Lassiter 6, Campbell 0: Kelsey Hahn scored two goals to lead the Lady Trojans to a non-region victory

Marriam El Fakahany, Brittany Rooker, Megan McGinnis and Ryan Hall each added a goal in the win.

Shannon Desantis and Megan Richardson combined for the shutout in goal.

Lassiter (4-1) will travel to McIntosh on Tuesday.

Pope 1, Walton 0: Goodwin Brown scored Pope’s only goal on an assist by Amanda Horton in a non-region game against its east Cobb rival.

The Lady Greyhounds (2-0) managed to win by holding off 13 shot attempts by Walton.

Blair Shortland and Natalia Icen combined for seven saves at goal.

Pope will host Forsyth Central on Tuesday for its Region 7AAAAA opener.

BOYS LACROSSE

Walton 12, Johns Creek 8:
Walton rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime at Raider Valley by outshooting Johns Creek 12-4, with seven of those shots going in.

With a 9-5 lead going into the fourth, the Raiders (2-0) preserved the lead.

Ryan Jones led with four goals and added an assist. Justin Peterman finished two goals and Michael Gernatt added a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Jake Hornberger compiled 19 saves.

Walton will host Harrison on Monday in another non-region game.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Kennesaw Mountain 14, Lovett 7: Abbi Barnett and Lily Morin each scored five goals with an assist to lead the Lady Mustangs to a non-area victory.

Kennesaw Mountain (1-0) will Collins Hill and Brookwood today at Brookwood High School.

Hillgrove 17, Campbell 4: Hillgrove won its season opener and Area 1AAAAAA game behind freshmen Alyssa Shell and Katie Russell, who both finished with hat trick.

Morgan Perrone also delivered three goals and Katrina Caruso added two goals and an assist.

Olivia Ellis and Maddy Eisgruber both had a goal and an assist.

Hillgrove (1-0, 1-0) will host North Cobb on Tuesday.

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