By Doug Gorman
After losing to Eagle's Landing on Saturday, the Henry County Ladyhawks got their game back on track with 69-37 victory against Southwest Macon Tuesday night in McDonough during a Region 4-AA contest.
With the win, the Ladyhawks improved to 16-4 overall and 10-1 in league play. It also sets up a showdown on Friday at Northeast Macon.
"I think after Saturday's game, our team realized they had to step up and play tonight, and that's what they did," Henry County head coach Carl Caputa said.
The Ladyhawks lost to Northeast Macon the first time the two teams played, but if Henry wins Friday's rematch, the two teams will be tied for first place in the region.
In Tuesday's game, the Ladyhawks built a 17-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Mercer signee Briana Williams connected on two 3-pointers in the first period to help Henry County build its lead.
Kylaine Rogers also had the hot hand in the first period with a 9-point effort.
Henry County pushed the margin to 46-11 at the end of the second quarter, and the starters all sat in the second half.
Williams stepped it up with two more 3-points shots in the second quarter and Tisha Taylor scored 10 points in the middle period.
Williams and Taylor each had 14 points and Rogers chipped in 12 for Henry County.
The Ladyhawks built a 58-26 lead at the end of the third quarter as Carl Caputa turned to his reserves.
Tori Sander hit three shots from the floor for Henry County to help the Ladyhawks build on their fourth-quarter lead.
Caputa expects his team to be ready for Friday's rematch with Northeast Macon.
"We are not going to have to do a lot to get them ready to play," he said. "We know how important this game is."
Southwest Macon 53, Henry County 50 (Boys): For a time, it looked like whoever had the last shot of the game might win the Region 4-AA contest, but when Southwest Macon went up 51-47 with just seconds to go in the game, Henry County's hopes for a comeback and a Region 4-AA victory took a hit.
Still all was not lost as Jeffrey Weeks kept Henry County in the game when he drilled a NBA-range 3-point shot to cut the lead to 51-50.
Southwest Macon then closed out the game with one more basket to seal the victory.
The loss dropped Henry County to 9-11 overall and 4-7in Region 4-AA.
Southwest Macon led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Henry County outscored its guest 15-10 in the second quarter to force 23-all tie.
The Warhawks never led in the first half, but the contest was tied at 17-all when Terrance Glover hit one-of-two free throws.
Larrentis Thomas tied the game agains right before the half when he connected on both of his free throws.
Henry's Thomas finished as the game's leading scorer with 16 points. Keith Martin led Southwest Macon with 13 points.
Henry County took its first lead of the game in the third quarter when Jeremy Mosley knocked down a 3-point shot to give the Warhawks a 26-25 lead.
Each did took turns with the lead in the third quarter and the game was tied against at 35 heading into the final period.
The Warhawks built their biggest lead of the contest in the final period when Glover hit a free throw to push the team's margin to 40-37.