Moultrie Observer

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January 5, 2013

Brunswick ends Lady Packers nine-game winning streak

MOULTRIE — For the second night in a row on Saturday, the Colquitt County girls basketball team got off to a slow start.

On Friday, the Lady Packers were able to refocus and take a 51-47 overtime victory over Camden County in their Region 1-AAAAAAA opener.

However, on Saturday, Colquitt County’s girls were not able to overcome a 22-point first-quarter deficit and fell on the road at Brunswick 63-49.

The victory put an end to the Lady Packers nine-game winning streak and drops them to 1-1 in the region standings.

“We cut it back to six,” Lady Packers coach Rondesha Williams said of the early deficit. “But then we let them get away again.

“We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board. We are in a tough region. This is not going to be a cake walk.”

Brunwick had gone to Tifton on Friday and and was defeated soundly 67-46 by the Lady Devils.

But the Lady Pirates jumped on the Lady Packers quickly and did not let up on their home court.

Colquitt’s girls trailed by one at the half at home on Friday night, then built a 10-point fourth-quarter lead only to be forced into overtime by Camden County.

The Lady Packers outscored Camden 8-4 in overtime to win their region-opener and their ninth-straight game.

But even a season-high 32 points by Makeba Ponder could save the Lady Packers on Saturday.

Ponder is now averaging 21.5 points a game.

But she had little offensive help.

Ja’nice Sailor added eight points; Dexshalyn Polite and Abbi Beth Paulk each had four; and Felicia Bowman had a free throw.

Williams did credit Paulk for her play in helping fill in for injured Shakhila Harry.

“Abbi Beth stepped in a did a good job,” Williams said.

Harry, a starting forward, did not play at all against Camden County, but did see limited action on Saturday.

“We just can’t have that,” Williams said. “Everybody’s going to be playing back-to-back region games, so we’ve just got to be ready.

“But we’ve got a good group of girls. We’ve just got to keep fighting and dig deep. We’ll fix some things on Monday.”

Colquitt County will play host to Valdosta on Tuesday at home. The Lady Wildcats played at home against Lowndes on Saturday.

The result of the Colquitt County-Brunswick boys game was not available at press time.

 

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