Prep Roundup: Lady Knights rout Sprayberry
by Emily Horos
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The River Ridge girls held Sprayberry to just four points in the first half as it cruised to a 59-23 win Tuesday night.

The Lady Knights led 12-1 after the first and 23-3 at halftime. Sprayberry scored 19 points in the second half, with seven of them coming from the free-throw line.

River Ridge (7-3) was led by Jessica Mlaska, who finished with 15 points. Ansley Latham added 10 points and Leona Nickell finished with nine.

In all, 10 players scored for the Lady Knights.

Dyiesha Brown led Sprayberry with 10 points and Jada Richardson scored eight.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Late Saturday

Cherokee 49, Creekview 40:
The Warriors (7-0) took an early lead against their county foe and held on for the seventh straight win to start the season.

Cherokee held a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, but saw Creekview (4-2) close the gap to 19-17 at the half. However, the Warriors were able to inch away for the win.

Jeremiah Gill led Cherokee with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Jovan Morris added 13 points and nine rebounds. Zack Kvam finished with 11 points and four steals

River Ridge 70, Sequoyah 48: The Knights drained nine 3-pointers including four during a 19-3 third quarter to down a county rival.

Sequoyah opened the game with an 8-0 lead before watching it slip away.

River Ridge (7-2) led by just five points at halftime, but quickly pulled away as senior Nick Masterson netted 10 straight points to open the second half. Masterson finished the game with 22 points, including a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line, five steals and three assists.

Steven Spears finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Joel Thacker had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Also key was Jon Karlin with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Logan Taylor led Sequoyah (1-6) with 10 points and five assists, while Dalton Satterfield added eight points and a team-best six rebounds.

SWIMMING

On a weekend when many of their top swimmers were competing at the Georgia Short Course Senior State Meet, the Woodstock and Sequoyah boys proved that they had the depth to compete.

Despite missing several key members of their team, Woodstock was still able to cruise to a second-place finish at the Grizzly-Warrior Challenge Invitational. The girls placed second and the boys finished fourth, but the combined score was good enough for second overall.

The Sequoyah boys also had a strong showing and finished third, without star swimmers Ben and Jack Syers.

Lambert won the team title after claim both the girls and boys titles. Woodstock was second, followed by Rome, Sequoyah, Cherokee, Creekview, Lumpkin County and Southeast Whitfield.

There were few local winners as Lambert dominated nearly every event. However, Creekview’s Michelle McCord was able to take the title in the 50-yard freestyle. Other winners included Woodstock’s Josh Thrift (500 free) and Creekview’s Garrett Joseph (100 breast).

Etowah also competed in a meet over the weekend with the boys and girls teams both finishing second to Walton. Also competing were North Springs, Westlake and Hillgrove.

The meet produced several state cuts for Etowah, including both the girls 200 medley and 400 free relays. The boys 200 and 400 free relays also made state cuts.

As far as individuals are concerned, Caitlyn Pallas made a state cut in the 200 medley, while Delana Crook qualified in the 100 breast and Madison Duvall qualified for diving.

Etowah coach Virginia Richards said the meet was held in honor of Margaret Soulen Gilbert, and donations were collected and given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in her game. Richards and Gilbert were teammates in high school.

Etowah will compete in its next meet Thursday in Dalton before hosting a meet at the Cherokee Aquatic Center on Saturday.

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