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NGS splits at Rush Strong

Published: 3:03 PM, 01/14/2014 Last updated: 3:03 PM, 01/14/2014
 

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

STRAWBERRY PLAINS—The Newport Grammar School basketball teams came away with a split in a pair of crucial Area 3 games at Rush Strong Middle School on Monday evening.

The Warriors were able to hold on, despite being held scoreless in the fourth quarter for a 29-27 win over the Plainsmen. A strong Newport Grammar defensive effort limited Rush Strong to just three second half baskets.

Newport Grammar jumped on the Plainsmen early, grabbing a 13-6 first period advantage as both Donovan Roach and Isaac Williamson scored four points in the quarter. The Warriors led 22-18 at halftime, but were able to widen their lead to 29-23 after the third quarter, behind another strong quarter of play by Roach.

Rush Strong held the Warriors scoreless in the final quarter, but were unable to take advantage, as they were held to just four points over the final six minutes of play.

Roach led NGS with nine points, while Isaac Williamson scored seven and Alex Overholt had six. Harrison Smith added four points and Cameron Ramsey scored three.

Rush Strong was led by Dakota Trent’s 10 points, of which eight came in the opening half.

In the earlier game, a pivotal three-pointer by Taylor Cotner-Brabson gave Rush Strong late momentum and allowed them to take down the Lady Warriors by a 30-25 margin.

Rush Strong jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, but the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Plainsmen 6-0 in the second period to gain an 8-6 lead at intermission.

The two squads finally found offense in the second half, as the Lady Plainsmen led 18-16 after three quarters.

Despite the best efforts of Paige Gentry, who scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the final quarter, the Lady Warriors would eventually fall by five points. After Cotner-Brabson’s key three-pointer, a late turnover gave the ball back to Rush Strong.

Gentry’s 15 points paced NGS, while Ariel Holt scored four points and Lauryn Munn, Shayla Stewart and Abby Fine each scored two. Cotner-Brabson led Rush Strong with 12 points, while Kelsey Dillard added 10 points.

Newport Grammar School is back in action on Thursday night at Eagleton. The Warriors and Lady Warriors will host Northview Middle School in a makeup game on Friday at 6 p.m.

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