The Henry County Ladyhawks probably didn't enjoy head coach Carl Caputa's tough practices Wednesday and Thursday, but it was just what the squad needed after losing a turnover-plagued, 43-41 contest to Northeast Macon on Tuesday.
Friday night the Ladyhawks bounced back in a big way as they rolled to a 64-38 victory against Howard.
With the victory, Henry County improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 4-AA competition. Howard dropped to 1-12 overall and 0-5 in league play.
"It was good to have a win like that after a close game," Caputa said. "It was hard to lose a tough game like that on Tuesday, but we are confident we are going to be there in the end."
Kaylane Rogers led Henry County with 12 points and Natalie Harice added 10.
After two early ties, Henry County pulled away midway through the first quarter sparked by a 7-0 run.
Ashley Johnson's 3-point shot midway through the stanza pushed the Ladyhawks' lead to 13-6.
The Ladyhawks pushed the lead to 21-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Rogers helped increase the lead to double digits for Henry County late in opening period when she scored three straight baskets.
Henry County held Howard to just seven points in the second quarter and built a 35-17 lead at the break.
The Ladyhawks increased the lead to 49-27 heading into the final period.
Harice basket late in the fourth quarter gave Henry a 60-27 lead.
Defensively, the Ladyhawks kept Howard from scoring their first points of the fourth quarter until half way through the period.
Henry County gets back in action Saturday when they play on the road at Eagle's Landing Christian. Tip off is set for 5 p.m.
Henry County 52, Howard 32 (boys): The Henry County boys showed what solid defense and a height advantage can do for a you Friday night.
The Warhawks used both to their advantage against Region 4-AA foe Howard and it paced them to a 53-32 victory.
Henry County sprinted out to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and built a 35-17 lead at the break.
The Warhawks took their first double-digit lead of the game midway through the first quarter when Jeremy Mosley converted a 3-point shot.
Henry County's lead stayed at double-digits the rest of the way.
The Warhawks led 45-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Eleven different players scored for Henry County. Laricus Thomas led the Warhawks with 11 points and Jeremy Mosley added 10.
The Warhawks improved to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the region. Henry County plays at ELCA tonight following the girls game at 5:30.