Lithia’s basketball teams hosted nearby Hiram High School Tuesday in a pair of 5B-AAAAA subregion games. The Lady Lions opened the night with a 56-41 victory over the Lady Hornets.
The Lithia girls tipped off the night with a 15-9 first quarter and led 27-19 at the half. In the third, the Lady Lions lead was cut to two points, but they managed to get some breathing room late in the quarter for a 38-30 advantage with eight minutes to go.
Tashara Jones hurt Hiram all night and in the second half the Lady Hornets decided to box-and-1 her and allowed Tobreshia Horn to get open. Horn made them pay, scoring all 10 of her points in the final two quarters.
Jones led the team in the first half with 20 points and finished with a game high 33.
“In the first half our offense struggled and she basically kept us in it,” said LSHS coach David Mills. “Hiram is a very well coached team and play very sound defense. It was a grind all night.”
Joi Few added six points for the Lady Lions. Svannah Jordan led the Lady Hornets with 14 points.
The game ended Lithia’s regular season and the Lady Lions finished first in the 5B-AAAAA subregion. They will host a region playoff game on Tuesday but the opponent and time has not been finalized.
The Lady Lions are currently on a 10 game winning streak.
New Manchester at Villa Rica
New Manchester’s boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Villa Rica Tuesday evening to take on the 5-AAAAA region Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. The girls took a tough loss in the opener, falling 68-33.
In the girls game, the Lady Jags played well in the first quarter, trailing only 17-12. However, Villa Rica got hot in the second quarter, knocking down a run of 3-pointers for a 45-22 advantage. The Lady Wildcats won the final two quarters 16-6 and 7-5 for the victory.
Deesha Brefford and Deshauna Smith led New Manchester with 10 points each. Uyriah Lucas added six.
“We played well for the first quarter and a half but then they hit that run of three’s in a short span,” said NMHS coach Josh Martin. “We could not match up with their talent but we played hard.”
CS King at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill hosted the all-girls school Coretta Scott King and the all-boys school BEST Academy on Tuesday in a pair of 4-AAA region games. Chapel Hill took charge in the early game, getting a lot of the younger kids in for a 63-30 victory.
The Chapel Hill girls were up 19-8 after the first quarter and led 29-14 at halftime. They outscored Coretta Scott King 17-6 in the third quarter and 17-10 in the fourth.
“It was a good night to get the younger kids some solid work and rest some older legs,” said CHHS coach Scott Long. “We were able to execute early on and got a pretty good lead.
Earnicia Washington led Chapel HIll with 17 points. Erica Jones followed with 13. Freshman Lauren Owens added 11.
The win was a big one for the Lady Panthers who went into Tuesday’s game tied with Central-Carroll for the lead in the 4-AAA region. If both teams win Saturday then there will be a coin toss on Sunday to decide who will get the first round bye in the tournament. The two teams split their season series.
Results for the boys games were not available by deadline but will be provided in the Thursday edition of the Sentinel.