The two boys basketball teams squared off on the hard court but once again it would be Lithia Springs that came away with the win, taking the game 78-40.
The Lions jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter and led 34-24 at the half. In the third quarter, Lithia turned on the pressure, going up 54-35.
The Lions managed to pick up the victory despite being one starter short after Johnathan Walker broke his foot in the previous game on Thursday against GAC.
“We had to figure out how to play without him,” said LSHS coach JW Cantrell. “We played with a little more defense tonight.”
Neil Phillips made up for Walker’s missing offensive threat, scoring a game high 28 points. He netted 18 by halftime. Miles Howard followed with 13 points and both Beau Carter and Dequan Huff scored 10 each.
Ishmael Davis scored a team high eight points for Chapel Hill. Efe Balfour followed with seven, and both Jaymarius Turner and Terrance Hughes netted six points each.
Panther coach Lee Wilson was not happy with his team’s performance in the loss.
“We have not figured out how to play at the varsity level,” Wilson said. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds which has been the story all season. Guys are not boxing out and inventing new ways to turn over the ball.”
Both teams will be in action today, on the last day of the tourney. The Lithia boys will play at 2:30 p.m. the Chapel Hill boys will play at 11:30 a.m.
The Chapel HIll girls basketball team reached the semi-finals of the Carrollton Holiday Tourney on Friday but fell to a good Greater Atlanta Christian team, 62-47.
“Anytime you play a team of that caliber, it is just good to compete with them,” said CHHS coach Scott Long. “It signifies that there will be good things down the road.”
The Lady Panthers had a shot in the game if not for a horrible start in which they were outscored 22-2 in the first quarter. Chapel Hill managed to outplay GAC in the final three quarters but could not overcome the deficit. The Lady Panthers won the second quarter 14-13, tied the third quarter 12-12, and then won the final quarter 19-15.
Ashley Chestnut led Chapel Hill with 17 points.
“She had an awesome night and was real focused,” Long said. “She was 100-percent from the line, managed the floor well, and made very few mistakes while moving the ball around.”
Kaneisha Mixon followed Chestnut with 10 points.
Chapel Hill will play on the final day of the tourney today at 4 p.m.
The Lady Lions fell to Monroe, 59-51 in the consolation bracket of the Carrollton Holiday Tourney.
“It was a terrible defensive effort and we shot poorly,” said LSHS coach David Mills. “We had good bench play but it was too little too late. There pressure dictated the tempo and that was the difference.”
Tashara Jones led Lithia on offense with 16 points. Selena Crummie followed with 11 and Shay Minnis also added 11. Tobreshia Horn netted seven points.
the Lithia girls will play today in the final day of the tourney at 10 a.m.