Monday, October 20, 2014

Sandy Creek, McIntosh split basketball showdown


By Jimmie Haywood

Kylie Bednarick of the Lady Chiefs gets to the hoop. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

The Sandy Creek boys basketball team outlasted McIntosh by a final score of 58-52 on Saturday to remain undefeated at 6-0.
Sophomore Christian Turner led all scorers with 20 points for Sandy Creek and Brandon Lindsey followed that up with 10 points.
“I would like to give McIntosh all the praise because we knew they were a tough team,” said Sandy Creek coach Willie Reese. ”I think our bench was the difference tonight. It took us a while to get things going but the guys off the bench played really well.
“I think when you win games like this it shows you how to win even when you’re not on that night.”
McIntosh jumped ahead 17-15 after a first quarter in which Dishon Lowery set the tone defensively with four blocks. In the second, the Patriots got a break after Will Washington picked up his third foul and was forced to the McIntosh bench. This set the stage for Turner, who scored nine of his points in the period, and the Patriots to surge ahead for a 31-27 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was close as Sandy Creek outscored the Chiefs by one (11-10) in the period. In the fourth quarter Sandy Creek picked up the pace and eventually pushed their lead to 12 (51-39) with 4:55 remaining in the game. The Chiefs managed to make the game interesting in the final minute by cutting the deficit to six (55-49) as Sandy Creek held on for the win.
Jordan Lyons scored a team-high 17 points for the Chiefs while Washington chipped in with nine points despite being in foul trouble for the majority of the game. Lowery finished with five blocks.
The loss marked the Chiefs third loss of the season and second in a row after a lost to Fayette County in the game prior, which is a cause for panic in the eyes of Chiefs coach Jason Eisele.
“Right now we’re going through a little crisis with our confidence,” said Eisele, whose team now stands with a 7-3 record overall. “We need to work on what our identity is because we haven’t been having good practices lately. We’ve got work to do over the Christmas break.”

In another competitive game, the Lady Chiefs managed a 48-43 win over Sandy Creek behind a game-high 23 points from Cassidy Williams.
Williams scored 12 points in the first half to help her team to a 29-18 halftime advantage. In the third quarter Williams scored just two points as the Lady Patriots outscored McIntosh 16-10 to make it a five point game (39-34) going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth Williams was money as she scored nine points including several clutch free throws that held the Lady Patriots at bay in the final minute.
“We came out shooting well in the first half, but unfortunately you can’t shoot that well for the entire game. They matched up a lot better with us on defense in the second half and found their shooters which made it a good game in the second half,” said McIntosh coach Alex Mull, whose team improved to 4-5 overall. “Cassidy is a great player and a fun player to coach. She is a big contributor who shares the ball well.”
Briana Baitey led the Lady Patriots with 14 points and Diamond Robinson followed that up with 10 points.
“We didn’t make free throws and we turned the ball over in crucial situations. That’s the game,” said Sandy Creek coach Elmer Williams, whose team fell to 3-6 overall. “We can learn from this and get better. We were down 11 at the half and fought back to tie the game. We fought hard now we have to learn to do something when we get back in a game.”
The Patriots will look to remain undefeated when they take on Southwest DeKalb in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational Classic on Thursday while the Lady Patriots will not return to action until the New Year when they travel to East Coweta.
The Lady Chiefs will participate in the Westminster High School Holiday Classic where they will take on Riverwood, while the Chiefs will take on Opelika (AL) in the LaGrange Christmas Tournament.


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