White's 25 not enough for Rams

KENNESAW -- Gwinnett's leading scorer had a big night, but it wasn't enough for the Grayson girls.

Despite 25 points from Taren White, the Rams still saw their season come to an end Saturday. Maggie Trimble connected on six 3-point baskets, as the North Cobb girls cruised to a 70-46 win over Grayson in the opening round of the Class AAAAA girls basketball state playoffs.

Grayson, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAAA, jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead before the Warriors settled into a groove in the first quarter. North Cobb, the No. 2 seed from 5-AAAAA, led 18-12 after the first quarter.

The Warriors turned up the defensive intensity in the second quarter, coming out with a fullcourt press. The pressure defense worked as it forced Grayson (14-15) to turn the ball over on its first five possessions of the period. A 9-0 run had North Cobb up 27-12 with five minutes left in the half.

"We came out and played hard, just like we have done all year," said Warriors coach Matt Williams. "I think we got into their legs a little and got them tired."

After the Rams' offense settled down, a quick run pulled them back to within single digits. But Trimble closed the half with two more 3-pointers, the latter coming with 20 seconds left to give the Warriors a 39-26 lead at the break.

"She shot the lights out tonight," Williams said.

North Cobb got physical up front in the second half making use of its size advantage on the front line. North Cobb's forwards, Sandy Almon, Amber Reeves, and Kira Gordon, dominated the glass with 19 offensive rebounds.

Trimble closed the third quarter with two more 3-point shots in the last 1:30 to extend the Lady Warriors advantage to 54-32.

Trimble's six 3s accounted for all 18 of her points, Savage finished with 16 and Reeves added nine of her own.

Down 22 to start the fourth, Grayson made one final run led by White's 10 fourth-quarter points, but it wasn't nearly enough. Anela Durmic added eight points, and Kaity Minor scored five.