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January 15, 2013

Seventh-grade teams sweep Valdosta

MOULTRIE —  The Colquitt County seventh-grade basketball teams earned a pair of victories at Valdosta Middle School Tuesday – the girls won 31-10 and the boys dominated the fourth quarter of a close game to win 42-35.  

The Lady Packers opened with a 10-2 first quarter and led 16-2 at halftime.  

“We defended very well,” coach Jon Scroggins said.  “We’ve been working hard on defending and rebounding in practice, and it showed.  I told them I didn’t want them to have any second-chance opportunities – and I don’t think we gave them many.”   

Michaela Bennefield led the way for the Lady Packers with 13 points.  Kiarra Lovett added six, Za’Nautica Downs and Abiyah Spencer scored four each, Chyna Calhoun scored two and Ty’Brea Lamar and Eriyona Stokes each scored one.  

In the second game, Valdosta and Colquitt County traded baskets during a very physical three quarters, with neither team ever leading by more than four points.  

“The first half was tough,” coach Josh Purvis said.  “Then in the second, they lined up a lot of different ways on defense, so we needed to be creative to score.  Cameron (Singletary) took the challenge, and did a great job distributing the ball.”  

The young Packers trailed 13-12 at halftime, but took the lead early in the third and held it for the rest of the game.  Leading only 25-22 early in the fourth quarter, the Packers went on a 12-3 run to put the game out of reach at 37-25.

  Singletary facilitated an offense that had three double-digit scorers – and scored nine points himself.   Peterson finished with 11 points, JaQuan Willis and Jarvis Christopher scored 10 each, and Tyran Shealy had two.  Purvis noted that Willis had a great game in the post.

The seventh grade teams travel on Saturday to take on Tifton.

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