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December 3, 2012

Terry scores 29 in win over Lee; Colquitt to travel to Bainbridge today

MOULTRIE —  The Colquitt County boys basketball team might not have had four of its top players on Saturday, but the ones who suited up played well in a season-opening 62-41 victory over Lee County on the William Bryant Court at the Espy Gymnasium.

Packers coach Levon Grant is hoping the momentum of the victory will carry over to tonight’s game at Bainbridge.

“Anytime you can win without everyone being there, it’s good,” said Grant, who has a number of players still suiting up with the varsity football team, which will Norcross on Friday in a state semifinal.

The 1-0 junior varsity girls will meet their Lady Cats counterparts at 4 p.m. today and the varsity girls will game will start at 6 p.m. The varsity boys will follow.

The Colquitt County varsity girls got 25 points from Makeba Ponder in the 48-32 victory Lee County on Saturday that raised their record to 2-1.

The Packers also got a big game against Lee County, this one turned in by Xavier Terry, who exploded for 29 points, including 21 in the second half.

The Colquitt boys led the Kirven Davis-coached Trojans by just four at the half, but rode Terry’s excellent outside shooting to the 21-point victory. His first 3-pointer of the night tied the game at 12-12 in the second quarter. He second put the Packers up 17-12.

“We knew he could do it,” Grant said of Terry, who showed glimpses of his scoring potential last year. “He spent the off-season working on his game.

“He had a huge second half. We were up by eight and he hit three (3-pointers) in a row and we were up by 17. We’re giving him the green light when he feels comfortable with his shot.”

Kenji Thompson had eight against the Trojans. Kamoris Woods and Shaheem Ponder each had six; Ty Lowery and Donta Wilson each had four; Jay Tolbert had three; and Quen Jenkins had two.

Grant said his team was ready to take the court after having not played competitively since dropping its scrimmage to Thomasville on Nov. 13. And those players who played on Saturday now have gained some experience and confidence that should carry over through the rest of the season, Grant said.

“Some of those guys really stepped up,” he said. “They gave us some quality minutes and will give up some depth.”

The Packers and Lady Packers also will play on Saturday this week when they travel to Albany High School.

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