By DOUG GORMAN
The Newnan High School basketball teams returned from Christmas vacation Thursday night by hosting a Region 2 7A doubleheader against Pebblebrook.
Unfortunately, for Newnan, it was not a belated Christmas present as both the boys and girls teams lost by double digits.
In the girls game, Pebblebrook built an early lead and won 55-37, while the Newnan boys dropped a 66-34 decision after a couple of cold quarters shooting the basketball
With the loss, the Newnan girls dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in region play. The Newnan boys fell to 6-9 and 0-3.
In the boys game, the Falcons methodically pulled away holding the Cougars to just five points in the second quarter and four points in the final period.
Pebblebrook was able to score from inside the paint and also from long-range.
The Falcons connected on seven 3-point shots, including three in the fourth quarter.
Pebblebrook led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and pushed it to 36-15 at the half.
The Cougars spent the night trying to find away to contain Jalen Harper who led all scorers with 22 points.
Devin Gordon tossed in 16 and Tyler Shirley added 12 for the Falcons.
Jaden Berry and Eric Smarr each had seven points to pace Newnan.
After Smarr hit a 3-point at the buzzer to end the third quarter, Newan cut the lead to 49-30.
Pebblebrook outscored Newnan 17-4 in the final period.
In the girls game, both teams struggled to hit baskets early in the first quarter, but the Lady Falcons took advantage of some second-chance opportunities to pull away and lead 16-6.
The Lady Falcons pushed the lead to 23-10 at the break.
K.K Madrey had nearly half of the Lady Cougars points, tossing in 18 to lead all scorers.
Madrey was the only Lady Cougar in double figures.
Nolle Butts and Ashira Brown each tossed in five for the Lady Cougars.
Milana Holmes led the Lady Falcons with 15 points. Teammate Alexander Faith added 11.
Pebblebrook pushed the lead to 37-20 at the end of the third quarter.
Newnan steps out of region action on Friday for a doubleheader against visiting Banneker.