It might have been their shortest trip all season, but the Murray County Indians were victorious on the road.

Sporting a 1-6 record in away games entering the night, the Indians increased their scoring in each quarter and scorched Southeast, 77-42, to ruin the Raiders’ senior night on Saturday.

Murray senior guard David Watts did much of the damage for the Indians (8-11), scoring a career-high 26 points and nailing three 3-pointers in the blowout.

Will Powell chipped in 11 points and inside men Stephen Spivey and Travis Ashe had eight each to make it a balanced night for Murray.

“We were able to put some pressure on them,” Indians coach Greg Linder said. “We got some easy baskets in transition, and then David got hot and we were able to feed the ball to him and let him push us.”

The Indians led by six points at the half before going on an 18-2 burst during the first 3:57 of the third period. Watts knocked down a 3-pointer and later converted a 3-point play with a free throw. Powell tossed one in the hole from the line to convert a 4-point play at the four-minute mark of the third.

Murray shot 24-for-36 from the charity stripe (67 percent), 24-for-58 from the field (41 percent) and induced 25 Southeast turnovers.

“I feel like we’re shooting better from the line and shooting better overall,” Linder said. “We still got room to improve, but it’s been better.”

Before Saturday, Murray’s lone road victory came in a 58-45 win over Woodstock on Jan. 6. Southeast is just a few miles from Murray’s home campus on Green Road, but the distance — or the non-region competition — didn’t matter to Linder.

“It feels good to get a win on the road any time,” he said. “Especially with the way our season has been going, wins haven’t come easy on the road.

“We’re happy that we showed ourselves we can come out on the road against one of our rivals and get a win just before (region) tournament time.”

The Indians scored eight in the opening period, 15 in the second, 26 in the third and 28 in the final eight minutes. The Raiders (4-18) also increased their scoring in each increment, but were never able to put up more than 13 in a quarter.

It was a forgettable night for Southeast’s talented trio of seniors — Isaiah Tibbs, Mart Stidmon and Ryan Hollingsworth. The three combined for 20 points in their final home game.

Stidmon and sophomore Cordell Cole led the way with 10 points each for the Raiders, who have lost four straight since beating Northwest Whitfield and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe back-to-back late last month.

— Southeast girls 47, Murray County 35: Beth Stone scored 10 points and Hope Stanley tossed in nine as the Lady Raiders won their home finale, keeping Murray County winless.

Southeast (7-16) led 22-12 at halftime behind strong play from Stone, Stanley, Lindsey Crump and Megan McFarland.

Bre Johnson finished with six points for the Lady Raiders and McFarland had five. Yuri Chavez topped the Lady Indians (0-18) with nine points and Whitney Patterson had seven.

— CPC girls 47, CHS 30: Savana Southerland had 11 points and five steals, but the Lady Lions couldn’t come up with a victory in Birmingham, Ala. against Central Park Christian.

Elizabeth Henderson added eight points and Jodi Touchstone had seven for CHS (12-8).



Varsity wrestling

With only a partial lineup in tow, Northwest Whitfield finished sixth out of 32 teams at the North Metro Tournament at Brookwood High School in Snellville.

“There were some good teams down there,” said Bruins coach Allen Tucker, who elected to wrestle some of his varsity wrestlers in preparation for this week’s traditional area tournament. “Kell and Brookwood are pretty tough and they were battling it out for first and second. Tucker was there and they were at state duals when we went down. Overall, we wrestled well.”

Merle Bolton (112) placed second, while Rafael Romero (145) was third and Rich Michael (145) fourth in the tourney, which was single-elimination until the semifinals.

Bolton did not lose, but was held out of the finals after suffering an ankle injury in his semifinal match, which he won by technical fall.

“You just don’t want to take a chance with area coming up,” said Tucker, whose team went 25-8 on Friday during seeding matches and sent 10 of 11 wrestlers entered into the quarterfinals.

— Dalton went 2-2 at Ringgold’s Capital Duals, beating local rival Southeast (56-13) and Trion (68-9), but falling to Cherokee (37-28) and the host Tigers (46-27).

Luis Barajas (130), Asher Tchoua (189) and Taylor Duckworth (160) each went 4-0 for the Catamounts, who are now 20-12 in dual competition. Duckworth recorded two pins and also had a major decision among his victories.

Jordan White (103), Eduardo Guitterez (112) and Tyler Maney (145) were all 3-0, while Skylar Duckworth (285), Spencer Ruble (135), Guy Abernathy (152) and Henson Toland (171) each won two matches.

For Southeast, Randy York (119), Nick Didonato (125) and Nolan Smith (135) all recorded victories against Dalton.



Freshman basketball

— Bradley County 57, Northwest girls 43: Nia Young had 11 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the Lady Bruins (9-3).

Kayla Piorkowsi added 10 points and six steals, while Alex Warren scored seven.

— Northwest boys 51, Bradley County 45: Michael Kelly scored 13 points and Nerman Delic grabbed 25 rebounds as the Bruins finished with a perfect 16-0 mark. Alex Thames and Ryan Logan each contributed nine points for Northwest.



Middle school basketball

— CHS girls 31, Grace 25: The Lady Lions got 13 points from Maggie Peeples and nine from Karla Ireta as they advanced to the championship of the Independent Schools Conference’s middle school tournament.

CHS (17-0) will play for the title against Hixson’s Berean Academy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Jude in Chattanooga.

— Grace boys 52, CHS 20: Corey Nelson and Steve Record each had a 12-point effort for Grace, which put CHS out of the Independent Schools Conference’s middle school tournament at St. Jude in Chattanooga.

Blake Carver had six points and and Michael McKinney chipped in five for the Lions (5-15).



Middle school swimming

Dalton Middle School’s claimed top three finishes in boys, girls and combined classes at the Southeastern Championships at the Baylor School in Chattanooga.

Among 34 schools, Dalton finished second in combined points with 531, behind only Baylor’s 614.

Dalton was third in boys competition with 313.5 points, behind McCallie and winner Nashville Homeschool, which finished with 343. Dalton’s girls were third with 216.50, behind Nashville’s Hartet Hall and Baylor, which won with 456.

With 39 competitors, Dalton had the largest contingent at the meet, according to coach Charles Todd. Several swimmers scored points for Dalton by finishing in the top 16 of their respective events.

Dalton’s scorers by event:

— Boys — 200 medley relay (Steven Jones, Harris News, Omar Farag, Cody Patterson, 3rd, 1:53.88); 200 freestyle (Pierson Scarborough, 10th, 2:20.78; Brandt Tharpe, 5th, 2:10.76); 200 individual medley (Farag, 6th, 2:24.05); 50 freestyle (Hunter Lama, 12th, 29.86; Jesse Galvez, 15th, 31.92; Harris News, 7th, 25.94.

Cody Patterson, 6th, 25.62); 100 butterfly (Farag, 4th, 1:00.32; Jones, 5th, 1:01.29); 100 freestyle (Hunter Mulkey, 13th, 1:12.94; Ricardo Chavez, 12th, 1:12.20; Cody Patterson, 4th, 59.50); 500 freestyle (Tharpe, 5th, 5:47.54; Wil Cushman, 7th, 6:07.51); 200 freestyle relay (Jones, News, Tharpe, Patterson, 3rd, 1:45.46).

100 backstroke (Jones, 3rd, 1:04.35); 100 breaststroke (Cushman, 13th, 1:21.85; News, 5th, 1:15.68); 400 freestyle relay (Scarborough, Cushman, Mark Galvez, Farag, 3rd, 4:11.28); diving (Chase Hair, 6th, 123.72; Anthony Pope, 7th, 112.65, Harrison Gleaton, 8th, 78.8).

— Girls — 200 medley relay (Maranda Storey, Rebecca Davis, Maddie Scarborough, Joana Rosales, 2nd, 2:04.52); 200 freestyle (Rosales, 5th, 2:08.94); 200 individual medley (Scarborough, 10th, 2:30.27; Davis, 2:24.82); 50 freestyle (Evie Velles, 7th, 29.00; Tyler Todd, 5th, 28.92).

100 butterfly (Todd, 14th, 1:17.66; Scarborough, 4th, 1:07.11); 100 freestyle (Rosales, 6th, 59.75; Storey, 8th, 1:01.74); 200 freestyle relay (Rosales, Scarborough, Todd, Davis, 2nd, 1:51.62).

00 backstroke (Storey, 11th, 1:10.95); 100 breastroke (Elizabeth News, 12th, 1:24.34; Davis, 3rd, 1:15.44); 400 freestyle relay (Storey, News, Gisela Arriola, Evie Velles, 6th, 4:29.93); diving (Massey Swanson, 8th, 133.10).

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