The Newnan Times-Herald


East Coweta, Northgate, Central return to action Friday night

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jan. 05, 2017 - 2:06 AM

The East Coweta, Northgate and Central basketball teams are gearing up to play again until Friday night after a holiday break.

When East Coweta returns to action, it will be against an opponent it probably circled on its calendar last year—the Newnan Cougars on the road in a Region 2-AAAAAA rivalry.

It’s the first of home-and-home games between the two county and region rivals. East Coweta will play Newnan at home on March 3 to close out the regular season.

Northgate, which hasn’t played since Dec. 20, returns to action with back-to-back Region 5-AAAAAA home games against Tri-Cities on  Friday and Langston Hughes on Saturday.

Central looks to get back in the swing of things when it travels to Harvester.

The East Coweta boys come into the game against the Cougars with a 9-5 overall record and a 0-2 mark in Region 2-AAAAAAA play.

East Coweta finished 1-2 last week in the Newnan Classic, beating Marietta before dropping games to Heritage-Conyers and Park Crossing.

The nine wins are already four more victories than the Indians had last season when they went 5-22 in head coach Royal Maxwell’s first season.

The Indians have won four of their last six games.

East Coweta’s girls also went 1-2 at the Newnan Classic and enter Friday night’s contest against their biggest rivals hoping to improve on their  3-11 overall and 0-2 mark in region play.

The Lady Indians closed out the Newnan Classic with a win over Langston Hughes.

Both the Northgate boys and girls have had an extended break.

The boys squad hasn’t played since participating in the Hampton Holiday Hoops tournament before Christmas where they beat Strong Rock Christian and Alcovy, but fell to Hampton.

Before beating Strong Rock Christian to open the tournament, the Vikings had dropped four games in a row.

They enter the two-game stretch against region opponents Tri-Cities and Langston Hughes with a 5-7 overall record, but a 0-5 record in region play.

Northgate’s girls return to action for the first time since dropping a Region 5-AAAAAA contest against Mays on Dec. 16.

The Lady Vikings enter Friday night’s contest with a 2-7 overall record and a 0-5 mark in Region 5-AAAAAA action. The Northgate girls’ two victories this season were back-to-back wins against Ola in November.

The Central Lady Crusaders have already taken a giant step toward defending their GICAA state title.

Central’s girls went into the Christmas break with a 10-0 overall record and a 5-0 region mark. Right before Christmas, Central claimed its own holiday basketball tournament with a win over Skipstone.

It was the biggest challenge Central has had all year. The Lady Crusaders only beat Skipstone 46-35.

Central’s other nine victories were by an average of 40 points.

The Central boys enter Friday’s game with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-3 mark in region play.

The Crusaders lost to Alleluia Christian in the first game of the Central Holiday Tournament, and then beat Ballard Christian in the third-place game.