By Anthony Rhoads
The Stockbridge Tigers struggled early but came back to defeat county and Region 3-AAAA rival Luella 76-57 Monday night.
Seniors Markel Humphrey and Brandon Ramey led Stockbridge with 20 each but freshman guard Demitrius Holmes had a break-out night with 17 points.
"He's getting better," Stockbridge head coach Mark Andrews said. "He's really good on offense and defensively, he's learning a new system and getting better. He does good stuff. Markel, he's our most consistent player - he scores, he rebounds, he does everything. Ramey is coming along. I think he's going to be key to how good we're going to be this season. The more he plays, the better he plays."
Luella jumped to a 17-6 lead but late in the first quarter, Stockbridge (7-1) made a run. With 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Chris Legette scored to bring the Tigers to within three (16-13).
Holmes gave Stockbridge a 20-18 lead early in the second quarter when he completed a three-point play. Stockbridge extended its lead to 37-25 at the half and 54-34 at the end of the third quarter.
"We're getting better every time we play," Andrews said. "We're playing a lot of people and we're playing well in most of our second halves and I think it's because we're playing so many people. We just need to be more consistent."
DeShaun Usher led Luella with 13 and Jeremy Ringfield scored 11.
Stockbridge moved up one spot to No. 6 Class AAAA in the gasports.net state coaches poll Monday.
"It's neat," Andrews said. "I think people see us as a good program now and it reflects not just on this year but in the last five years. It's nice for our kids."
Stockbridge 70, Luella 40 (girls): Three Stockbridge players scored in double figures including Oreonna Taylor with 18, Christine Tolbert with 16 and Tonishia Wimbish with 11.
Monisia Miller and Lauren Ringfield scored 12 each for Luella.
Late in the first quarter, Miller made to free throws to bring her team within two (12-10) but Stockbridge went on an 11-0 run in the final minute-and-a-half of the first quarter to take a 23-10 lead.Stockbridge extended its lead to 36-19 at the half and 56-32 at the end of the third quarter.
Jonesboro Lady Cards still No. 1
The Jonesboro girls held onto the No. 1 ranking in Class AAAA Monday in the gasports.net state coaches poll.
Jonesboro plays host to Southwest DeKalb today. Jonesboro beat North C layton Saturday and Mt. Zion Friday.
The only other area girls team to be ranked this week is Riverdale, No. 8 in Class AAAAA.
Here are the No. 1-ranked girls teams in this week's poll: Stephenson in Class AAAAA, Westminster in Class AAA, Wesleyan in Class AA and Savannah Country Day in Class A. North Clayton entered the boys rankings this week at No. 9 in Class AAAA. The Stockbridge boys are ranked No. 6 in Class AAAA.
The No. 1 boys teams are South Gwinnett in Class AAAAA, Mays in Class AAAA, Dunwoody in Class AAA, East Hall in Class AA and Whitefield Academy in Class A.