May 15, 2021

HCMS scores big hoops sweep over Carrollton Trojans

(Carrollton, GA) — The Heard County Middle School basketball teams both scored huge wins over the Carrollton Middle Trojans Monday evening at Carrollton High School.

Samantha Williams scored 12 in a huge win over Carrollton Monday

The HCMS Lady Braves won 45-43 in a classic overtime thriller, while the HCMS Braves routed the Trojans 47-31.

The Lady Braves trailed by 12 points at the half and by a full 10 points after the third quarter before charging back in one of the most exciting games of the year.

Samantha Williams scored the game tying bucket to send the game to extra time and Jayden Boykin’s layup with 19 seconds to play in the extra period sealed the big win for her squad.

Boykin led the scoring with 24 while Williams had 12. Samaia Reid scored six points while Katy Gray and Carmaya Swint each scored two. Natalie Schneider, Gray, and Swint were strong on the defensive end of the floor.

“We’ve been a second half team for sure this year. We battled back and showed some great hustle tonight. Our sixth grader Katy Gray stepping up for us on the defensive end of the floor was huge — I am very proud of these girls,” said first year head coach Holley McCullough after the game.

In boys’ action, Coach Zerick Green’s squad dominated throughout the contest building an impressive 23-5 halftime lead before making several substitutions in the second half to let the younger guys get some minutes.

Standout big man Jonathan Echols again proved to be a force inside scoring 18 to lead the Braves. Landon McLendon also had a solid night with seven points while L.J. Green and Cameron Latimer each scored six.

Sammy Holiday and Antwan Carter both had three points while Cameron Wilkins and Jeremiah Eubanks each scored two.

Latimer’s points came via two 3-point baskets and despite being a small sixth grader is proving to be a top prospect and arguably the best ball handler in the Heard County program.

Coach Green was ecstatic to see his guys play well versus one of the best big school programs in the area.

“I love it. We came out with high energy and got after it on defense and we executed on offense. We played a little sloppy in the end, but overall so proud of these guys tonight — beating Carrollton was a big obstacle for us and will give us a lot of confidence going forward,” said Green after the game.

The squads will travel to Mt. Zion Thursday before returning to HCMS for the home openers versus rival Bowdon on Monday. All girls games tip at 5:00 PM and boys games follow immediately at 6:30 PM.

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