Northwest Whitfield, bolstered by a third-quarter spark from Samantha Avery, held Southeast Whitfield to seven second-half points and whipped the Lady Raiders, 64-34, in the Lady Bruins’ final tuneup before next Friday’s Region 7-4A North showdown against rival Dalton.

Avery led the Lady Bruins (16-2, 11-0) with 12 points and seven rebounds. She scored eight points in the third period when the Lady Bruins outscored the Lady Raiders 20-5 for a 51-32 lead.

“We were 2-of-15 with our three-point shots in the first half, so we had to penetrate in the third quarter, make something happen inside,” Northwest coach Margaret Stockburger said. “Samantha really gave us a spark.”

In a terrific boys game, Southeast’s Nick White and Isaiah Tibbs combined for 47 points and the Raiders withstood Northwest’s fourth-quarter surge to win, 81-66, thanks to a seven-point possession resulting from a foul and two technicals on the Bruins.

The Lady Raiders (3-15, 3-9) battled the ninth-ranked Lady Bruins toe-to-toe in the first half and trailed, 31-27, at halftime. Southeast led 25-23 in the second quarter but Northwest went on a 8-2 run for the slim halftime advantage.

Northwest was up 21-15 when the Lady Raiders had an 8-1 run for a 23-21 lead.

“We saw what we’re capable of doing in the first half,” Southeast coach Rusty Brewer said. “We missed some shots early in the second half and they started making theirs. They turned it up and we couldn’t catch up.”

Northwest’s defensive pressure got to the Lady Raiders, who scored just two points — Hope Stanley’s field goal at the 6:32 mark — in the final eight minutes.

“Our defense in the second half was as good as our defense,” Stockburger said.

Briana Chumley scored 11 points while Bethany McArthur had nine. Vanessa Jackson had eight rebounds and seven steals. Chumley had seven steals and three assists. Brinkley Knowles had six assists.

Megan McFarland led Southeast with nine points and Jade King had seven.

n Southeast boys 81, Northwest 66: The Raiders (8-10, 5-6) led 14-13 after one period, with Blake Bennett accounting for all the Bruins’ points.

But Southeast outscored Northwest, 22-7, in the second quarter and had a 36-20 advantage at halftime. It was 60-45 after three quarters and the Bruins’ Steven Straw scored 13 points in the period.

Northwest cut Southeast’s lead to 68-63 on Hunter Meyer’s drive to the basket with 2:11 left in the game.

But on Southeast’s next possession, a foul was called and then Meyer and coach Ryan Richards were slapped with technical fouls.

The Raiders’ David White made two free throws, Nick White made four in a row (the technicals) and when play resumed Damien Chaney hit a driving layup and Southeast boosted its lead to 75-63 with 2:01 left.

“Northwest made several nice runs but we never lost our composure,” Southeast coach Todd Cottrell said. “Everyone knows Nick is our guy and he’s playing very well right now. So is Isaiah.”

White finished with 26 points and Tibbs tossed in 21. Ryan Hollingsworth added 11.

Bennett had 22 points for the Bruins while Straw had 15 and Mitchell McBee 15.

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