By Anthony Rhoads
Henry County and Dutchtown met on the basketball court for the first time ever Friday night with Henry County sweeping both contests.
The Henry County boys won 76-54 while the girls won 50-39 in a pair of Region 3-AAAA North games at Dutchtown, a first-year school.
BOYS: Henry County's Herman Mains led all scorers with 21 points while teammates Greg Lindsey added 12 and Marvis Duffie scored 10. Nick Watkins and Darryl Simmons scored eight each for Henry County.
William Knight led Dutchtown with 11 points. Brandon Ruth scored 10 and Bayne Goss chipped in eight for the Bulldogs.
Henry County sprinted to a 12-0 lead and didn't look back. The Warhawks led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter, 38-23 at the half and 54-40 at the end of the third quarter.
GIRLS: Dutchtown's Erica Thompson led all scorers with 23 points but it wasn't enough to lift the Lady Bulldogs to victory.
Keyah Sadler and Danieka Allen led Henry County with 10 each while Nikki Holloway chipped in eight points.
"It's good to get a region win; we're 3-3 in the region now," Henry County head coach Carl Caputa said. "It's good to win anytime but especially when you play a team for the first time.
Henry County led 12-6 at the end of the first half and 21-16 at the half.
Dutchtown opened the second half with a 7-0 run and took a 23-21 lead thanks to a basket by Brittani Stanga.
Henry County reclaimed the lead when Jasmine Thomas made a free throw to give her team a 24-23 advantage.
Dutchtown managed to come back and ended the third quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 32-30 lead gong into the fourth quarter.
Henry County tied the game early in the fourth quarter when Sassy Anderson made a basket.
With 6:26 remaining in the game, Holloway made a 3-pointer to give the Ladyhawks a 35-32 lead and they never trailed from that point on.
"I give Dutchtown credit; they played a heck of a game," Caputa said. "They never quit."
Henry County struggled at the free-throw line, making just 2-of-16 from the charity stripe.
"It wasn't just free throws," Caputa said. "We kind of played dead tonight but at times we did okay. We had a very inconsistent night."