The fourth-seeded Lady Lions (20-8) got off to a promising start against the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Lady Bulldogs (23-3), building a 13-9 lead after the opening quarter before falling behind 30-17 at the half. Beach was able to pull away down the stretch and get the double-digit victory.
Central was led by sophomore guard Wesli Simmons’ 10-point effort, while Sherae Bonner added nine points and Brianna Cousins finished with eight.
The Lady Lions lose one senior — guard Sydney LeBlanc — to graduation, but return the core unit of this year’s 20-win ball club and regular-season co-region champions.
The Carrollton High School boys’ soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Class AAAAA No. 3 Starr’s Mill on Tuesday evening at Grisham Stadium in an early-season top-10 showdown.
The Class AAAA No. 2 Trojans (2-1) started the scoring with a Tyler Edwards goal off a free kick 20 minutes into the first half, but the Panthers (1-1) answered a minute later and then took the lead for good with six minutes left in the opening half. Neither team would score in the second half, though each squad had its chances.
“The last minute of the game we had a cross off a corner and the ball hit the goal post and then hit the field goal post. We hit it in off of there, but it didn’t count. So we had several chances, they had several chances. It was a hard-fought game on both sides. We’ll have to regroup and get ready to play Shaw on Friday,” Trojan coach Scott New said.
The Carrollton coach said it was a good early-season test to see where his team stands and get some of the younger guys experience in a big-time match.
“It was the first big game for several of them, especially our goalkeepers. We had a couple of other guys that weren’t really experienced that got some experience during this game. So it was the first real big test, big game,” New said. “Some of them had some nerves, some of them had some errors, but for the most part we were able to play pretty well. We just gave up a couple of goals and had some chances and weren’t able to capitalize on them.”
No. 7 Starr’s Mill girls 3, No. 3 Carrollton 0: The Lady Trojans (1-2) dropped the top-10 meeting against the seventh-ranked Lady Panthers (1-1).
The Bremen High School baseball team got a gem from hurler Gregory Gerard in the season opener on Tuesday, as the senior tossed five shutout innings, yielding one hit with one walk and 11 punchouts in the Blue Devils’ 11-0 win at Rockmart. J.D. Brown worked a scoreless sixth, fanning two.
Offensively, Chase Trader went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Jonah Stephens had two RBI and Dylan Nappi added a hit and an RBI.
Bremen coach Mark Clark said it was a solid start to the 2013 campaign.
“I was real pleased. Their starting pitcher was good. He had a little control problem, but in the second inning we finally started hitting and we got four runs in the second. We didn’t have to play much defense because Gregory did such a good job pitching,” Clark said. “We’re excited. It’s good to get that first win.”
The Blue Devils (1-0) now jump right into Region 5-AA action today at Manchester in a 4:15 p.m. contest, moving up Friday’s scheduled date due to the threat of inclement weather. Bremen’s home opener is set for Thursday against Mt. Zion with a 5 p.m. first pitch.