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County teams find success in weekend action
The Heritage Patriots picked up a win last weekend in region play over Gainesville, defeating the Red Elephants 65-63 at home. - photo by Darrell Everidge

Four different Rockdale County teams picked up victories in basketball action last weekend.

The following is a recap of the Rockdale County, Salem and Heritage basketball programs’ weekend action:

Bulldogs sweep Druid Hills

The Rockdale County Bulldogs varsity basketball team ended a four-game losing streak at home Friday, Jan. 24, edging Druid Hills 65-61 in region play.

The win improves the Bulldogs’ record to 7-14 overall and 3-6 in region play, while the Red Devils fell to 3-16 overall.

Rockdale poured it on early, outscoring the Red Devils 18-10 in the first quarter, but had to hold off the Red Devils over the final 24 minutes of play.

Druid Hills cut the Bulldogs’ lead to seven at halftime, outscoring Rockdale 19-18 in the second quarter. Druid Hills made its biggest dent in Rockdale’s lead in the third quarter, trimming the lead to three. The Red Devils outscored the Bulldogs 15-11 after halftime, trailing Rockdale 47-44 heading into the fourth quarter.

Rockdale staved off the Red Devils' charge in the fourth, outscoring Druid Hills 18-17 to hold on for the four-point win.

Jamal Turner led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Darryl Tucker finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brian Jessie and Derreon Johnson also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Rockdale girls varsity basketball team also improved its record at home Jan. 24, easily handling Druid Hills 51-31.

The Lady Bulldogs’ victory moved them to 10-7 on the year with a 6-3 mark in region play, while the Lady Red Devils dropped to 8-11 overall.

Druid Hills rocked the Lady Bulldogs’ defense with 17 points in the first quarter, outscoring Rockdale 17-10 in the period.

Rockdale quelled the Lady Red Devils’ scoring outburst over the final three quarter, limiting Druid Hills to just 14 points over the final 24 minutes and nine points total in the second half.

Rockdale gained the lead in the second quarter, outscoring Druid Hills 13-5 in the period. Rockdale’s run allowed the Lady Bulldogs to carry a 23-22 advantage into halftime, and Rockdale poured it on in the second half, outscoring the Lady Red Devils 28-9.

Brianna Patton led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points, while Sojouner Hall finished with eight.

Hall also had a team-high 13 rebounds, while Tamera Sanders had three assists.

Salem girls continue streak

The Salem girls varsity basketball team picked up a pair of victories on the road Jan. 24-25, defeating Clarke Central Friday night before downing Meadowcreek on Saturday.

Against Clarke Central, the Salem quartet of Taylor King, Ayanna Mitchell, Shay Tarver and Jennifer Tindi combined for 65 of Salem’s 67 points in a 67-45 victory over the Lady Gladiators.

Mitchell led the Lady Seminoles with 24 points on 58 percent shooting, while King and Tindi scored 14 points each. Tarver finished with 13 points, but also dished out three assists.

King also finished with three assists and a team-high five steals, while Tindi and Mitchell notched double-doubles with 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Tindi also had four blocks in the win.

On Jan. 25, the Lady Seminoles notched their 16th consecutive victory, dismantling Meadowcreek 77-30.

Mitchell paced Salem with 22 points, while Rosie Kyles had a career-game with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Tarver also finished with 13 points.

Kyles, Mitchell, Tarver and Saaliyah Greene finished with three assists each in the win, as Salem totaled 15 assists on 21 made baskets.

Mitchell finished with 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Seminoles.

The Salem boys varsity basketball team dropped both road contests, falling 74-69 to Clarke Central and 69-45 to Meadowcreek.

Against Clarke Central, Salem led 16-15 after the first quarter, but the Gladiators outscored the Seminoles 16-12 in the second quarter, taking a 31-28 lead into halftime. Salem rallied to retake the lead in the third, 49-46, but gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter in the road loss.

Heritage splits at Gainesville

The Heritage varsity boys basketball team continued its trek through Region 8-AAAAA Jan. 24, toppling Gainsville 65-63 at home.

The win moved Heritage to 16-5 overall and 9-3 in region play, while the Red Elephants dropped to 12-9.

Rashad Jones led two Patriots in double figures with 18 points, while Trevor Campbell finished with 10 points for Heritage in the win.

Heritage led 15-10 after the first quarter, but Gainesville battled back to take a 26-22 lead at halftime. The Red Elephants outscored the Patriots 16-7 in the second period, negating the Patriots’ five-point first-quarter advantage.

Heritage ratcheted up its offense in the second half, limiting Gainesville to 27 points over the final two quarters, while scoring 27 points in the third quarter alone.

The Patriots outpaced Gainesville 27-15 in the third period, while outscoring the Red Elephants 16-12 in the final quarter of play.

Andre Harris and Terrell Rainey added nine and eight points, respectively, as the Patriots finished the contest shooting 49 percent from the field.

Campbell also finished with a team-high 13 rebounds and two blocks, while Harris dished out four assists.

The Heritage girls varsity basketball team dropped its 20th game of the season on the road Jan. 24, suffering a 37-29 loss to Gainesville.

The loss moves Heritage to 1-20 overall, while the Lady Red Elephants improve their record to 17-4 overall and 6-1 on the road.