Coahulla Creek’s boys team won at home 58-46 Saturday against Christian Heritage for the Colts’ second win of the season.
The Colts (2-12) led the entire way, holding a 15-14 advantage after one quarter, 30-25 at halftime and a 46-39 lead heading into the final period.
“Our non-region games have helped us out a lot,” Coahulla Creek coach Matthew Queener said. “We played against Dalton three times, Northwest and North Murray. ... I definitely think that helps a lot.”
Cordarius Tarver led the way with 14 points for the Colts, while Hunter Williams and Taylor Poteet each added 11. Levi Wilson tallied nine points.
“I was just proud we got a lead and never relinquished the lead,” Queener added. “That’s great, especially for a young team. They are starting to show some poise now.
“We did a good job of controlling the tempo. We ran our offense, got set up and defensively we were able to force some turnovers and get off to a good start.”
For the Lions (5-6), Will Pat-terson led the way with 12 points. Michael McKinney tallied 11 and Cole Maffetone added 10. Christ-ian Heritage went 3-for-11 from free throws and turned the ball over 19 times.
“There’s not much else you can do to lose a game,” Lions coach Anthony Moseley said. “We did everything to give them the game. ... It wasn’t a region game, but you want to win all the games around here. These are your rivals.”
• Coahulla Creek girls 59, Christian Heritage 57: The Lady Colts (4-11) now have won four straight games after not winning for the first year and a half of the program’s history.
The Lady Lions (5-11) led 6-4 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime, but Coahulla Creek outscored its opponents 25-11 in the third quarter.
“We had a good run,” Lady Colts coach Ryan Long said. “We couldn’t put it in the ocean in the first half. I told the girls to keep shooting, and we put the ball in the hole. That led to us making a run in the third.”
Macey Fossett had a game-high 16 points for Coahulla Creek, while Nikki Ross added 13 points and 19 rebounds. Both are sophomores.
For Christian Heritage, Sarah Massengale led with 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. Drew Tipton added 12 points and Alexis Poag tallied 11 points. The Lady Lions went 15 for 32 from free-throw line.
“The third quarter was big,” Christian Heritage coach Heather Lowery said. “They outscored us 25-11; they hit four 3s.”
“I thought we played hard. ... We missed about seven easy layups.”
The Lady Lions cut the deficit to a point in the fourth quarter. After Coahulla Creek stretched its lead to six, it dwindled to just two with six seconds left. Christian Heritage then missed a would-be game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“I am very happy for the girls,” Long said. “They have worked really hard all year long and I couldn’t be more pleased. We are seeing the results.
• North Murray girls 41, Gordon Central 28: Kara Deal scored 13 points, and Abigail Bradley added eight as the Lady Mountaineers (11-5, 4-2 Region 5-3A) won Friday on the road.
• Dalton JV boys 59, Murray County 24: Tristen Darville and Mark Sims each had 10 points for the Cats (8-1). Alex Hicks had nine points for the Indians.
n Dalton JV girls 51, Murray County 29: Mia Smith had 14 points and Callie Smith added 10 points for the Lady Cats (5-4). Kailey Webb scored seven points for the Lady Indians.
• Christian Heritage’s JV girls basketball team won twice this weekend — 58-37 Friday against Morris Innovative and 28-21 Saturday against Coahulla Creek.
In Friday’s win, Pressley Poag scored 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Lions (8-3). Jordan Plemons added 12 rebounds. The Lady Tigers’ Alex Molynex had 14 points.
In Saturday’s win, Poag had 10 points. The Lady Colts’ Sam Newsome had five points.
• Christian Heritage JV boys 54, Coahulla Creek 43: Tyler Tipton had 19 points for the Lions (10-3), while Chase Tidwell had 14. Nathan Johnson had 11 points for the Colts, and Alex Fisher added 10.
• Coahulla Creek’s swim teams played host to Ringgold and Heritage-Catoosa at Dalton High and earned a sweep as both the Colts and Lady Colts won team titles.
The girls team won with 142 points, followed by Ringgold with 21 and Heritage at 15.
The boys earned 131.5 points for the win with Ringgold (28.5) second and Heritage (28) in third.
For the Lady Colts, Kathryn Stafford had a big day, winning individually in the 200 freestyle (2:18.83) and the 100 backstroke (1:13.82). She also teamed with Courtney Lewis, Madison Zerbe and Elizabeth Holcomb to win the 200 medley relay (2:37.61) and with Holcomb, Zerbe and Haley Stennett to win the 200 freestyle relay (2:11.87). Stenett, Zerbe, Lewis and Bayle Adkins won the 400 freestyle relay (6:40.35).
Other winners for the Lady Colts were Holcomb (200 individual medley, 3:12.96; 100 freestyle, 1:13.91), Kacky Sheppard (100 butterfly, 1:54.41) and Adkins (500 freestyle, 9:43.74).
For the Colts, relay events proved to be the biggest advantage. Evan Wright, Macavan Kalafut, Jacob Whitener and Aaron Croom teamed for a win in the 200 medley relay (2:41.46), while Croom, Kalafut, Brady Mull and Bryson King won the 200 freestyle relay (2:00.24). In the 400 freestyle relay, King, Whitener, Mull and Eric Zock win with a time of 5:35.56.
Individual winners for Coahulla Creek were Kalafut (200 individual medley, 3:19.19), Preston Pangle (500 freestyle, 8:29.34) and Wright (100 backstroke, 1:32.99).