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January 29, 2013

Lady Packers win third straight to even region record

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County girls basketball team rallied from a three-point deficit with just over four minutes remaining to defeat Lowndes 58-54 on Tuesday on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Memorial Gymnasium.

The victory was the third in  row for the Lady Packers and evened their Region 1-AAAAAA record at 5-5. They are 13-6 overall.

The Colquitt County boys dropped Tuesday’s second game, falling 49-45 to the Vikings, despite 21 points by Kamoris Woods.

Xavier Terry added 12 points.

The Packers pulled to within three points on a Terry 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left, but could get no closer.

The Colquitt boys fall to 3-14 overall and 1-9 in the region.

The Vikings, who upset Valdosta 64-60 on Saturday, are now 4-5 in the region.

The Colquitt County girls were down 25-20 at halftime, but after the Vikettes’ Dionne Arnold hit a 3-pointer just 40 seconds into the third quarter, the Lady Packers ran off the final 14 points of the period to take a 34-28 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Makeba Ponder hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter to put Colquitt up 37-28, but the Vikettes Mercy Gillon-Gantt hit nine points over the next two minutes and the Vikettes had pulled to within two.

A Tasha Brown basket tied the game at 41-41 with 4:44 remaining and a pair of free throws by Brown and another by Asha Jordan Hayes gave Lowndes a 44-41 lead with 4:08 left.

Exactly a minute later, Ponder hit two free throws to tie the game at 45 and with 2:09 left in the game she fired and inbounds pass that Dezaray Fowler put in off the glass to put Colquitt up 47-45.

Lowndes was never closer than two the rest of the way.

Ponder led the Lady Packers with 25 points. Dexshalyn Polite had 13; Ja’nice Sailor added nine; Fowler and Natalie Griffin each had four; Shakhila Harry had two; and Ashley Henry had a free throw.

Brown had 17 and Gillon-Gantt had 15 for the Vikettes, now 3-6 in the region.

The Lady Packers will try to make it four in row when they travel to Douglas to meet Coffee on Friday. Colquitt will be at home on Saturday to face Albany.


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