Prep roundup: Lions tame Rams in interstate showdown

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Christian Heritage (23) star Jax Abernathy had another big night as the Lions remained perfect on the season with a home win over Tyner.

Christian Heritage nearly had its perfect season interrupted Tuesday night as Chattanooga power Tyner visited the Lions in Dalton.

The Rams, in fact, held a 53-51 lead with under four minutes to play before the home team scored the next nine points to pull out a 62-55 interstate win. Jax Abernathy had another big night for the now 16-0 Lions with 29 points and 10 rebounds, with Cash Hare adding12 points and eight rebounds.

Christian Heritage led most of the game, including a 51-46 advantage with 5:40 left after a Dontae Crowder putback. Tyner, however, scored seven straight points, capped by a Tony Jackson three-point play to give the Rams the lead.

Christian Heritage answered 15 seconds later with a 3-pointer from Isaac Plavich and the Lions clamped down defensively over the next two minutes. With a minute left in the game the Rams were assessed two technical fouls, with Abernathy connecting on three free throws to extend the lead to seven.

"They have a really good team and are very well coached," Christian Heritage coach Watkins said. "I thought our guys stayed composed and kept defending after they took the late lead. We made the plays late to win the game."


STARS OF THE NIGHT

› Angel Simmons, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe: The Lady Warriors improved to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in Region 6-AAA as the sharpshooting guard had 35 points, 33 of them coming in the second and third quarters, in a 66-38 win over LaFayette.

› Chris McDonald, Arts & Sciences: The Patriots fleet-footed guard's defense was pivotal with seven steals in a 48-43 home victory over Sweetwater.

› Addie Colvard, Polk County: The senior 5-foot-10 guard sank eight 3-pointers over the first three quarters on the way to a game-high 33 points in a 62-43 home win over Sale Creek.

› Chad Eller, Soddy-Daisy: The Trojans' senior leader stepped up with 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter, in which he drained a trio of 3-pointers, on the way to a 46-41 road victory over Signal Mountain.

› Shy Harrison, Tyner: She scored a game-high 25 points in a 50-40 road loss to Christian Heritage.

› Brevin Massengale, Ringgold: He scored 25 points, including nine in the second quarter, as the Tigers evened their record in Region 6-AAA at 4-4 with a 79-55 win over Ridgeland.

› Kennedy Baker, Northwest Whitfield: She had a game-high 17 points as the Lady Bruins (10-7, 4-0) downed Sonoraville (16-3, 3-1) 44-42 in a Region 7-AAAA first-place showdown.