Area teams Grundy R-5 and Newtown-Harris squared off on Thursday night in an HDC Conference doubleheader at Newtown. Grundy was unable to return home with a win as both the Lady Tigers and Tigers were victorious on the night.
Newtown-Harris Girls 40
Grundy R-5 Girls 38
The Grundy R-5 girls trailed by a point after the opening quarter, but battled back to take a 25-19 halftime lead over the home squad.
Grundy held the advantage through an even third quarter, but Newtown rallied in the final frame, coming from behind to steal a two-point victory.
“Taking a four-point lead into the fourth quarter the girls struggled offensively and only scored four points,” Grundy Coach Les Jackson said.
The Lady Tigers were paced by Becca Johnson, who scored 15 points, and Abby Wells, who scored 13 points.
For Grundy, it was Elizabeth Novak leading the way with 15 points and six rebounds. Emily Milazzo added eight points and four steals and Matana Munday finished with seven points and 16 rebounds. Mckenna Owens gave the Lady Panthers five points and eight rebounds.
The win moved Newtown to 6-10 on the season while Grundy dropped to 3-10.
Newtown-Harris Boys 71
Grundy R-5 Boys 64
The Grundy boys were able to jump out to a 19-10 first quarter lead, but Newtown closed the gap in the second and Grundy took just a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime. The Panthers would hold a five-point advantage entering the final frame, but Newtown closed regulation with a 12-7 run to force overtime. In the bonus period points came fast and furious, but the Tigers racked up 18 to Grundy’s 11, taking the contest by seven points.
“The boys played inconsistently all night,” Jackson said. “But, we still had a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter, where turnovers really hurt us.”
Newtown was led by a 30-point performance from Adam Crawford and Micah Busick finished with 19. The Tigers also got 16 points from Zach Coin and six from Ishmael Garcia.
For the Panthers it was Destin Gann showing the way with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and five blocked shots. Clayton Radcliff added 19 points as well and had four steals and Mason Larson posted 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Cade Mullenix also reached double figures for the Panthers, scoring 10 points.
The win vaulted the Newtown boys to 8-8 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 9-5.
Grundy’s teams travel to Mercer tonight for another HDC Conference doubleheader while Newtown is off until Friday, Jan. 31, when the Lady Tigers and Tigers travel to Winston for HDC Conference match-ups. Both sets of games begin at 6 p.m.
- Girls -
Gilman City 8-6
Grundy R-5 3-10
- Boys -
Grundy R-5 9-5
Gilman City 0-12