Brianna Middleton and the rest of the Allatoona Buccaneers enjoyed their first visit to Macon.
The junior guard rattled off 28 points as Allatoona beat Houston County 59-43 in the first game of the inaugural Copeland Hardwood Classic on Monday at Northeast.
We wanted to get out of the Cobb County area, to see somebody that wed never seen before and see a different style of play, Allatoona head coach Michael Taylor said. I like what Houston County did. They got after it and threw some pressure on us and we havent had a lot of our local teams do, so that gave us an opportunity to run the press break.
The Bears (3-16) were able to keep up with the Buccaneers in the first half, trailing by one at the break. Allatoona ran away with the lead midway through the third, thanks in large part to Middletons 21 points in the second half.
Despite the loss, Houston County head coach John Roddie was pleased his team took part in the event honoring former Northeast girls head coach Alvin Copeland.
The fact that its Alvin Copeland, and me being from Macon, it just makes it more special, Roddie said. Hes always been a mentor of mine, someone I looked up to in the coaching business, and hes always been a really good person. Hes a great coach, but hes probably a better person.
The Houston County boys were also bested in the Classic. Abdoulie Williams scored 14 points as the Riverdale Raiders beat the Bears 45-33.
The Bears dropped to 7-12, but head coach Stephen Walls said the change of pace from region play was useful for his team.
Riverdales probably one of the best two teams in their region, an Atlanta school, so we dont see much of that, Walls said.
Its good for us, even on a loss (Monday), to get in here on a free day and just battle and be able to see what we have against a team thats gonna match up to be a Sweet 16, Elite 8 team probably.
The Raiders lead 26-18 at the half after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Williams. Houston County got within three to close out the third, but Riverdale held them at bay with 9-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line in the fourth.
The Bears were lead by seven points from Caleb Daffron.