Normally when a coach starts three or more freshman its by default and that team is probably in for a long season filled with a lot of mistakes. Newton's girls basketball team starts three freshmen, but is off to an 8-2 start this season and they'll only get better with time.
Newton faced its toughest competition of the season on Friday since beating Butler in an exhibition match before the regular season and it showed as Newton got blowed out 67-42 against Tucker.
Newton had put up a good fight. They were in it with Tucker the entire game, but the defending state champion Lady Tigers had taken a six point lead with just a couple of minutes remaining in the contest. To lose by a few points to a team that won a state championship last year would be an honorable moral victory. But the Lady Rams didn't want a moral victory. They wanted to make a statement.
More than just bragging rights are on the line for Friday night's Newton/Tucker matchup. Tucker, which was added to Region 2-AAAAAA this year, is pretty much a powerhouse in every high school sport and that doesn't change in basketball.
Facing a rival for the third straight game, Newton dominated once again, with the girls winning 54-52 and the boys winning 70-51.
The rivalry that exists between Eastside and Newton has been well documented. For any contest or sporting event that the two compete in, the ultimate goal is to beat the other one, the school across the county.
Salem's girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton's boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.
Newton, both the girls and the boys, got convincing victories over county rival Eastside. The girls started it off with a 76-51 victory and the boys followed it up by winning 57-43.
All good things must come to an end. Newton's outstanding playoff run ended on Friday after a devastating 43-29 loss to Etowah.
Before the season, Rams' head coach Terrance Banks talked a big game about his team. It had some wondering if he was just being arrogant or if there was actual truth to his words. The Rams just lost their last game of the season, going 2-1 in the playoffs, but it seems Banks was right about a lot.
This week is a special edition of our athletes of the week page. With Eastside and Alcovy basketball having away games, we decided that Newton's seniors would be the athletes of the week. All of Newton's seniors have made some type of impact on this season, but we can only highlight a few of them. Honorable mentions: Nuka Yobo and Steven Montac.
With five minutes and 31 seconds left Newton awaited a kickoff with the game tied at 29. It was everything the Rams wanted, until it wasn't.
All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams' head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year's team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it's been the Rams' defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year's playoffs.
They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams' defense.
Newton versus Heritage was all it was hyped up to be, at least in terms of the jawing between the two sides in the crowd. To begin the boys matchup, Newton fans brought out their newspapers (Covington News papers of course) when the boys varsity players were announced. It was a smart play, and it worked. Although, the fan contest is over, you can still sends us your fan photos for a chance to get the #FanPhotoOfTheWeek in our weekly Sunday edition.
The Newton boys' basketball team had plenty of momentum, winning five straight, going into Friday night's game against Rockdale.
The Region 2-AAAAAA basketball playoffs are still more than a week away, but don't tell that to the Rockdale or Newton hoops teams.
When the Newton boys' basketball team went through its four game losing streak at the beginning of January, things took a bleak turn for the Rams.
Heading into its most difficult stretch of the season, Newton has now won four straight after defeating Cedar Shoals 57-45 Saturday.
One team committed 11 first-half turnovers, another scored just five points in the third quarter, but in a rivalry none of that seemed to matter late in the game Friday night.
When Alcovy and Newton meet on the basketball court, it's always a rivalry, but today's affair will be even more hotly contested.
After four straight losses, Newton is back on the winning track.
The Interact Club of Newton High School will host a charity basketball tournament Saturday, Feb. 23, between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Newton High School gym.
The Newton boys' basketball team ended its first trip around Region 2-AAAAAA and a rare losing streak Tuesday.
The Newton boys' basketball team is in an unfamiliar place after a 65-50 loss at Rockdale Tuesday night.
Newton kept Breanna Richardson and Rockdale at bay long enough to hold on for a win Tuesday night.
As Newton heads into the second half of the basketball season, it will have more experience in big games, and big wins than many of its 2013 opponents.
Newton headed into Thursday night's Yule Tide Christmas Classic in Hanceville, Ala., with the confidence of three straight wins.
The Newton Rams shut down Eastside Saturday, handing its cross-town rivals its first loss of the season and proving they are one of the state's better defensive teams.
Trying to repeat a 21-win season is difficult enough, but looking to do it with an almost entirely new team is even more challenging.