School is out for the holidays, yet that doesn't mean that prep basketball has taken a break.
That being said, tonight Newton will visit Jackson in non-region action. It will be the second time both the boys and girls teams have competed against the Red Devils this season.
Earlier this year, the Newton boys (7-1 overall, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAA) defeated the Red Devils (4-3), 65-44.
Meanwhile, the Lady Rams (1-6, 0-3) are hoping to avenge their 52-39 loss.
Despite the boys winning their season opener against Jackson, Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen admitted that the road is a different ballgame.
"It's a tough place to play," said Rasmussen. "We're not looking to take them lightly at all."
During the first hookup, Newton's Tevin Bradley (10 rebounds) and Jamon Hawkins led the way by scoring 15 points apiece. Bradley also grabbed 10 rebounds. Sean Monk added 10, while Tee Farley and Montrell Grimes each chipped in with nine points.
Although many players contributed to the win, Rasmussen pointed out that there is still work to be done.
"Well, we need to do a better job on the boards," admitted Rasmussen. "Last time they outrebounded us, so we've got to keep Chris Pope off the glass."
Pope scored seven points and grabbed 10 boards during the first matchup. Stell Watts led the Red Devils with a game-high 16 points. In addition, Watts nailed four 3-pointers.
"Those are two (players) we've worked on in practice to try and shut down," said Rasmussen.
Along with rebounding, turnovers will be a major factor in determining which team will win. During their first meeting the Red Devils committed 20, while the Rams turned it over just nine times.
For the girls, the Lady Rams are just hoping to get back on the right track. However, it will not come easy, as the undefeated Lady Red Devils (7-0) have the upper hand entering tonight's contest.
"We've been working hard and our practices have been good," said Rasmussen. "Our kids are working hard and their attitudes are good. We're enjoying the break from school and we'd like to do well (tonight) to get ready for the Christmas Tournament."
Newton travels to Cartersville on Wednesday to compete in the Century Bank Holiday Hoopfest at Cass High School.
Historically, the Rams have done well over the holiday break. They will be looking for their third consecutive title next week.