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Bulldogs win two at Toyota Classic
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The Rockdale County Bulldogs picked up two wins over the holiday season, defeating East Coweta and Valley (Alabama) at the Toyota Classic hosted by LaGrange High School.

Rockdale opened up the tournament with a bang against East Coweta, defeating the Indians 82-78 in overtime in the first round.

With three seconds to go, the Bulldogs' Jelani Clarrington converted a 3-point play to tie the Indians at 72-72, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Conner Ferrell scored five of his game-high 32 points to seal the win, giving the Bulldogs the opening-round victory.

Darryl Tucker finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds in the win for Rockdale.

In the second round of the tournament, Rockdale faced Alabama's Valley High School, defeating the Rams by five, 72-67.

Rockdale carried a 6-point lead into halftime, but exploded at the start of the fourth quarter to open up a 16-point lead.

Jalen Jordan knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers in the quarter, part of his 17-point performance, pushing the Bulldogs' advantage into double figures with under five minutes to go in the contest.

Valley fought back to cut the lead to five with 1:21 left in the game, but Jordan and Ferrell knocked down their free throws in the waning seconds to hold on for the win.

Ferrell finished with a team-high 22 points, while Tucker recorded another double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds.

Rockdale's tournament run ended Monday against Opelika (Alabama), as the Bulldogs fell 81-69 in the championship game, ending their three-game win streak.


Lady Bulldogs at WACO

The Rockdale County girls varsity basketball team also competed over the holiday break at the WACO Christmas Classic hosted by Washington County, going 2-1 at the event.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 46-39 victory over Monroe. Monroe entered the contest unbeaten, but Brianna Patton scored 20 points to help the Lady Bulldogs to the win and their fourth victory of the season.

Rockdale carried over its winning ways against Creekside, defeating the Seminoles 42-32 to move to 5-3 overall.

Bianca Riley and Jonai Jackson finished with 10 points each in the win.

Rockdale's tournament run ended against host Washington County, with the Lady Bulldogs falling 55-44.

Rockdale returns to action Tuesday night on the road when the Bulldogs travel to Newton.