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November 13, 2012

Colquitt splits basketball scrimmages

MOULTRIE — Both of Colquitt County’s basketball coaches got to see some of their younger and less experienced players get some valuable court time on Tuesday in a pair of scrimmages against Thomasville on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

But the Lady Packers had more of the projected starters and used them to take 46-36 victory.

While the Colquitt County boys teams awaits several key players currently working on the football team, second-year coach Levon Grant used Tuesday’s 60-45 loss to the Bulldogs to send his young players into the fire.

The Lady Packers led just 29-28 heading into the final quarter, but pulled away easily, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-8 over the final eight minutes.

Colquitt County girls coach Rondesha Williams saw some thing she was pleased with and some areas that need working on.

“But they are all fixable,” she said. “We can get them fixed by region time.”

All-State shooter Makeba Ponder had 19 points, although Williams said, “Her shot wasn’t falling, but she helped in other ways. She played good defense for us.”

Williams was pleased with the play of young guards Ashley Henry and Dezaray Fowler.

“They both played excellent defense up top,” Williams said.

First-year starter Shakhila Harry also was in double figures with 11 points.

Felicia Bowman had five; Henry, Dexshalyn Polite, Ja’nice Sailor, Abbi Beth Paulk and Natalie Griffin each had two and T’Keyah Owens had one.

Ja Dunbar led Thomasville with 12 points.

The Colquitt County girls will open the regular season at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 23, against Florida A&M at Tallahassee’s Rickards High School in the Fastbreak Shoot-Out.

The Lady Packers will return to Rickards High the next day to meet Rickards at 7 p.m.

The Colquitt County boys kept Thomasville in sight for the first three quarters

The Packers trailed by nine at the half, but rallied early in third quarter and actually led 38-36 on jump shot from the free throw line by Kenji Thompson with 2:37 left.

But Thomasville led 43-38 at the end of the quarter and then outscored the Packers 17-7 in the final eight minutes.

Xavier Terry and Donte Wilson led the Packers with 11 points each. Jay Tolbert had 10.

Thompson had seven and Parker Hoes, Kamoris Woods and Shaheem Ponder each had two.

The Packers will open their season on Friday, Nov. 30, when both Colquitt County teams travel to Bainbridge.

The home openers will be on Dec. 1 against Lee County.


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