McDONOUGH— Several Henry basketball programs participated in holiday tournament this week to close 2016.

Girls

The Locust Grove Lady Wildcats took part in the Copeland Christmas Classic held at Northeast High School in Macon this week. The Lady Wildcats advanced through the first round of play after defeating the host team Northeast 58-46.

The second round of the tournament pitted the Lady Wildcats against First Presbyterian Day. FPD proved to be too much for the Lady Wildcats, as the final buzzer sounded on a 44-34 loss. FPD closed the game on an 11-3 run.

The loss pushed the Lady Wildcats to the loser’s bracket in tournament play, but a 52-40 win over Rutland High School propelled the Lady Wildcats to a third-place finish in the tournament.

“I’m glad that we fought back after a bad game against FPD to get the win against Rutland and taking third,” head coach Greg Shook said. “We are still in the growth process and getting two out of three is a step in the right direction. We still have a way to go but we know that and will keep working.”

Henry County’s Lady Warhawks travelled to Tampa Bay for the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational, pulling off the 56-46 victory over Freedom (FL). The Lady Warhawks continued tournament play after press time Friday.

The Eagle’s Landing Lady Eagles travelled to Buffton, S.C to take part in the 11th Annual Bobcat Classic. The first game of the tournament featured a matchup against Colleton County (S.C.). Ashley Foster led the Lady Eagles to a 43-25 victory, scoring 11 points.

The Lady Eagles took down Bluffton (S.C.) 43-12 Thursday night. The win allowed the Lady Eagles to play in the tournament’s championship game Friday after press time.

Boys

The Dutchtown Bulldogs were in action against First Presbyterian Day this week, pulling off a narrow 47-46 victory during the Northeast High Copeland Classic.

Henry County High School took part in the Tucker High School Holiday Shootout, pulling off three straight victories against Therrell (86-84), Riverdale (75-73) and Tucker (66-61).

Throughout the tournament, Damion Rosser scored his 1,000th point of his high school career. He was also named to the All-Tournament team.

Locust Grove took part in the Northeast Macon Christmas Tournament fight in two tough contests, falling to Northeast and McIntosh County Academy in overtime.

Luella took part in the United Bank Holiday Classic held in Forsyth County this week, losing to the hosting school of Mary Persons, 86-56.

Union Grove earned a 67-64 victory over the Burke County Bears, but trouble in the second half of the game nearly cost the Wolverines their lead. After taking a commanding 44-30 lead, the Wolverines allowed the Bears back into the game.

The Wolverines were able to maintain the lead and the victory, as Austin Atkins scored 20 points, Wesley Simpson scored 19 and Braelen Bridges contributed with 10.

Union Grove fell to Chattanooga Christian (TN) on Thursday by a score of 65-58. The Wolverines played Tattnall Square after press time Friday.

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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