JARED COOK CLASSIC ROUNDUP: Quick start leads Wildcats to win

SUWANEE -- The Duluth girls didn't get going until the fourth quarter in the semifinals of the Jared Cook Holiday Classic. But in the fifth-place game on Wednesday, the Wildcats didn't waste time taking charge.

Duluth (6-5) ran off 13 consecutive points in the first half and closed the third quarter on another 13-0 run, defeating Newton 50-35 at North Gwinnett. The Wildcats, whose comeback fell short in a 53-51 loss to Spartanburg on Tuesday, led by as many as 23 points against the Rams (6-5).

Aliya Thomas scored 18 points to lead Duluth and all-tourney pick Kayla Nolan, who had 19 fourth-quarter points to spark the semifinal rally, added 11 against Newton. They combined for all of the points in the Wildcats' third-quarter spree, each hitting a 3-pointer.

"We've struggled with our shooting from the field, but we got our lay-ups to fall and we hit a couple of 3s, which helped," Duluth coach Jeremy Huckaby said.

Duluth had an edge on the boards, with Domonique Miller grabbing eight rebounds and Tajai Pearson seven, and Regine Howard had five steals and Thomas four. Abby Powell led the Wildcats with three assists.

Martice Hyman was the only double-figure scorer for Newton, getting 11 points.


Hillgrove 57, Berkmar 38

Hillgrove (9-4) took fifth place with a 57-38 victory over Berkmar (6-6) as Tala Black scored 13 points and Larryqua Hall contributed 11. Berkmar played without leading-scorer Ka'Vonne Towns.

Colquitt County 54, Dacula 49

China Vinson had a game-high 18 points, but Dacula fell 54-49 to Colquitt County (5-3) in the seventh-place game. Kelsey Hutchins, a freshman, contributed 10 points for Dacula (3-8).


Newton 60, North Gwinnett 49

Junior guard Derrick Henry scored 24 points, hitting three key 3-pointers, to lead Newton (11-1) to a 60-49 victory over host North Gwinnett for third place.

Henry hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Newton a 27-24 intermission lead, then hit two more from behind the arc to start the third quarter.

North Gwinnett (6-6) cut Newton's lead to 43-39 early in the fourth quarter. But the Rams then scored eight straight points and led by as many as 14 points.

Alex Tiller and Matt Walker each scored 13 points for the Bulldogs, while Conner Day added 10 points.

Chuck Edwards scored 11 for Newton.

Spartanburg 50, Flowery Branch 37

Daquan Fuller had 21 points as Spartanburg (6-3) defeated Flowery Branch 50-37 to take fifth place.

Ishmael Hollis scored 19 to lead Flowery Branch (4-4).

Dacula 65, Berkmar 51

Shay Agboola scored 21 points as Dacula (4-7) claimed seventh place with a 65-51 victory over Berkmar. Dexter Walker added 15 points and Terrance Hutchins contributed 11 for the Falcons, which pulled away in the fourth quarter. Yonel Brown had 15 points and Jordan Murry scored 12 for Berkmar (1-10).