Less than 24 hours after coming up just short in an Area 3-6A/7A loss to Hillgrove, Northgate’s girls lacrosse team scored an 18-7 bounceback win against Wheeler after responding from an early deficit. Down by two goals just seven minutes into a second straight area contest, the Lady Vikings found its groove and then dominated the second half. Northgate junior Callie DuBose scored five of her eight goals in the first half, starting with a pair that tied the game at 2-2. The Lady Vikings scored eight of the final 11 goals of the first half and then 10 of 12 scored between teams after halftime after buckling down defensively. Sophomore goalie Emily Devereese made a season-high 11 saves and Mia Griswold had eight draw controls to keep the flow of the game to Northgate’s advantage. Griswold and Kennedy Halpin contributed three-goal efforts and Lexi Whiddon had two. Morgan Williamson and Olivia Sims also scored for Northgate (7-3, 2-2.
SOCCER NEWNAN SPLITS REGION MATCHES WITH WESTLAKE: There was no letdown for Newnan’s boys soccer team in its first Region 2-7A game following last week’s upset win over Campbell at home on March 14. The Cougars rolled to a 6-0 shutout at Westlake while clinching a state playoff berth. A year ago, Newnan was the odd-man out of a five-team race for four postseason berths in the GHSA Class 7A tournament. But the Cougars have won three of four so far, with a chance to now avenge last year’s disappointing loss to East Coweta that knocked them from state playoff contention. The Cougars improved to 7-1-2 overall and 3-1 in the region standings. Westlake’s boys remained winless at 0-7 and 0-3. For the second consecutive game, however, Newnan’s girls ran into a region opponent on a roll. The Lady Cougars were held scoreless for the second consecutive 2-7A game, while dealt a second straight 3-0 loss. Westlake’s girls improved to 7-1 overall and remained unbeaten in the region at 3-0 in a tie with East Coweta.
LADY INDIANS STAY UNBEATEN, HAND CAMPBELL FIRST REGION LOSS: East Coweta’s girls soccer team took another big step in its hopes of claiming a Region 2-7A title this spring by knocking off Campbell 3-1 on Tuesday at home. Both teams entered this week as two of three unbeaten teams in the region standings. The win pushed the Lady Indians’ record to 3-0 in 2-7A and 9-1-1 overall.