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January 17, 2013

Undefeated Tift County teams to visit Colquitt County on Friday

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County High boys basketball team will take a shot at knocking off the top-ranked team in Class AAAAAA when Tift County visits today to play on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

The Blue Devils, 12-2 overall and 4-0 in Region 1-AAAAAA, are ranked No. 1 Class AAAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tift has not lost to a Georgia school this season, falling only to Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 62-55 and Callaway, Miss., 59-43 in the City of Palms Classic held last month in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Blue Devils have breezed through their region schedule, defeating Brunswick 82-72; Camden County 90-47; Lowndes 59-46; and Coffee 84-67.

On Tuesday, Tift County knocked off Westover 87-77, its sixth victory in a row.

The Blue Devils were led by 6-foot-6 senior Brannen Greene, who had 37 points.

Greene, who transferred to Tift County this school year, has already committed to Kansas.

The Packers are 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the region and are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, including a 54-48 defeat at the hands of Lowndes on Tuesday.

The Packers leading scorers are senior forward Kamoris Woods and junior guard Xavier Terry.

Tift County’s girls also are on a roll, having won 10 in row.

Their 67-62 victory over Westover on Tuesday was especially satisfying, as it avenged a season-opening 44-26 loss to the Lady Patriots.

The Lady Devils also are 4-0 in the region standings, a half-game behind region leading Valdosta, which is 5-0.

They are the only two girls teams with winning region records.

And they will not meet until Jan. 29. They will play again four days later.

The Lady Devils were led in the victory over Westover by Dee Dee DeShazer, who had 24 points, and Alexis Johnson, who had 18.

The Colquitt County girls had a nine-game winning streak snapped on Jan. 5 at Brunswick and with the 67-65 triple overtime loss at Lowndes on Tuesday, the Lady Packers have now lost three of their last four and are 10-4 overall and 2-3 in the region.

In the loss at Lowndes on Tuesday, All-State guard Makeba Ponder scored a season-high 34 points.

She averaging 22.3 points this season and has a 25.8 average in region games.


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