By Doug Gorman
The Henry County Ladyhawks were decked out in pink uniforms Tuesday night in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer, and in the process the team from McDonough knocked off Putnam County 70-56 in a key region game.
With the win, Henry County held on to second place in the region behind Northeast Macon, the only team it's lost to in league action this year. The Ladyhawks improved their record to 14-3 overall and 8-1 in region.
Briana Williams led Henry County with 23 points. Kylaine Rogers tossed in 18 for Henry County.
The Ladyhawks extended their winning streak to seven games. Tuesday's region contest was one of streaks for Henry County.
Despite the double-digit win, it took a little bit of effort for the Ladyhawks to shake off Putnam County's comeback attempts.
"A win is a win," Henry County coach Carl Caputa said. "I think it was one of our hardest working games. We normally use the fastbreak, but that wasn't there tonight, so we had to work a little bit harder."
Putnam County led 14-11 early, but the Ladyhawks built a 32-23 margin at the break. After the Lady War Eagles tied the game at 22-all, Henry County closed out the second quarter on an 11-1 run.
Rogers pushed Henry County into the lead with free throws and Williams connected on back-to-back baskets as part of the team's second-quarter spurt. Williams' free throws at the end of the second period closed out the first-half scoring.
Henry County led 53-43 at the end of the third quarter. For a time, it looked like the Ladyhawks were going to throw the knockout punch during the stanza.
Tina Taylor's 3-point shot gave the Ladyhawks a 48-33 lead, but the Putnam made two more runs during the period and cut the margin to nine points.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady War Eagles cut the lead to five, before Henry County seized control for good and pushed the lead back to double digits.
Putnam 88, Henry County 66 (boys): The Henry County boys basketball team fell to 9-8 and 5-5 overall with its 22-point loss to the War Eagles.
After leading 14-11 at the end of he first quarter, Henry County could not stay in control the rest of the way.
Larrentis Thomas was the only player to finish in double figures for Henry County, ending the night with 23 points.
Putnam used two 3-point shots in the second quarter as part of its offensive scoring spurt and built the lead to 34-3o at the end of the first half.
The War Eagles pushed the lead to double figures in the third quarter and increased the margin to 61-45 heading into the final quarter.