High school basketball roundup: Dalton defeats Calhoun to roar into postseason on win streak; Christian Heritage, Northwest girls advance in region tournaments

Feb. 9—Once bearing a 4-11 record this season, Dalton High School's boys basketball team completed a climb back to a winning record — and rolled into the postseason on a win streak — with a victory in the regular season finale for the Catamounts Friday night.

Dalton defeated Region 7-5A rival Calhoun 57-49 at home Friday to get to a 13-12 mark on the season. The win was a sixth straight for Dalton and the ninth in 10 tries since the Catamounts fell to 4-11 with a loss to Hiram on Jan. 12. The Catamounts will hope to keep that momentum going as they prepare to play in the Region 7-5A tournament. Dalton will be the two-seed in the tournament held at Cartersville, finishing with a 7-3 region record. Dalton will play Wednesday against the winner of a first round game.

The Catamounts earned that sixth consecutive win after pulling out to a nine-point advantage in the second quarter and never fully relinquishing it, though Calhoun (8-15) clawed it down several times.

After the visitors led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, Dalton opened the second period on a 12-2 spurt, utilizing a few Drew Snyder buckets to extend the lead.

Calhoun closed the gap to 22-19 at halftime, but Dalton came out of the locker room on another hot streak. Dalton scored 14 points in the first half of the quarter, then took a 39-30 advantage into the fourth thanks to CJ Weaver's nine points in the frame.

Calhoun's offense caught fire early in the fourth, with University of Texas football signee Emaree Winston bullying Dalton for some buckets down low, but a trio of timely 3-pointers from Snyder, Eli Burt and RJ Storey — the first three triples of the game for Dalton — kept Calhoun from cutting the lead down to fewer than three points.

Weaver and Snyder each hit a couple of late shots to extend the lead, and Dalton dribbled out a victory in the final moments.

Snyder led the way for Dalton with 19 points, and Weaver had 18, with 14 of those coming in the second half. Burt put in eight.

Winston led Calhoun with 20.

Prior to the boys game, the Dalton Lady Catamounts couldn't get their own happy conclusion to the regular season, as Calhoun (16-9) toppled Dalton (16-9) 63-53.

Dalton trailed just 26-24 at halftime, but a big third quarter from Calhoun put Dalton in a hole.

The Yellow Jackets started the quarter on an 11-2 spurt and ended up outscoring Dalton 21-10 in the quarter and taking a 47-34 lead at the end of it.

Calhoun held Dalton's Gracie Ridley, the newly-named Region 7-5A player of the year, to eight points through three quarters, but Ridley came out swinging in the fourth to try to give her team a chance to come back.

Ridley piled up 13 points in the early portions of the fourth quarter, but Dalton couldn't cut the deficit lower than six. Ridley fouled out with a few minutes left, and Calhoun got the 63-53 win.

Ridley finished with 21, and BB Bates scored 14 for Dalton. Calhoun's Sa'Niah Dorsey scored 18, and Ke'Asia Miliam had 15.

Calhoun was the only team to hand Dalton a loss in Region 7-5A play this year, and they did it twice. Dalton still bears the top seed in the region tournament with its 8-2 region record this year.

Also in high school basketball on Friday:

Boys Fannin County 62, Murray County 48

Murray County (13-11) dropped to Fannin County (13-10) 62-48 Friday night to end the regular season.

Avery Jones led Murray with 14, while Parker Hawkins scored 13.

Murray finishes the regular season 6-6 in Region 7-2A and will head into the region tournament.

Girls Christian Heritage 64, Bowdon 45

Christian Heritage (16-10) defeated Bowdon (1-17) 64-45 Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Region 7-A DII tournament and secure a home playoff game.

Carly Bramlett led the Lady Lions with 20 points. Brooklyn Stallion had 16 and London Wagner put in 14.

Christian Heritage plays Greenforest Christian for the region championship on Monday at 6:30.

Northwest Whitfield 60, Southeast Whitfield 16

Northwest Whitfield (14-10) knocked off Southeast Whitfield (6-19) 60-16 in the first round of the Region 7-4A tournament on Friday, securing a state playoff bid and a spot in the region semifinals.

Miah Triana led Northwest with 17 points. Sloan Pender scored 12, and Kaylee Gembe had 11.

Johanna Ortiz was the top Southeast scorer with four.

Northwest will play second-seeded Heritage on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Georgia Highlands College in Rome. The Lady Raiders finish up the season at 6-19.

Murray County 63, Fannin County 50

Murray County (19-6) finished off the regular season with a 63-50 win over Fannin County (15-8) Friday night.

Callan Ledford had 18 points and six assists. Bayleigh Winkler had 14 points, Skyler Mahoney had 12 and Miley McClure put in 10.

The Lady Indians finish 11-1 in Region 7-2A play and will advance to play in the Region 7-2A tournament.