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January 4, 2013

Colquitt sweeps region openers against Camden County

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County’s Dexshalyn Polite drives in for a shot in the Lady Packers 51-47 overtime victory over Camden County on Friday on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

Kamorris Woods and Xavier Terry combined for 54 points as the Colquitt County boys basketball team defeated Camden County 71-68 on Friday on the William Bryant Court at Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

The victory completed a sweep in Colquitt County’s Region 1-AAAAAA openers as the Lady Packers started the evening with 51-47 overtime victory.

Colquitt will travel to the coast today to meet the region’s other newcomer, Brunswick. The girls game will start at 5 p.m

The Colquitt County’s boys had lost three in a row and were off to a 2-5 start, but took a lead with 5 seconds left in the first half and never trailed in the second.

Camden County tied the game at 68-68 on a basket by T.J. Drummond with 34 seconds left in the game.

But on the other end 17 seconds later, Jay Tolbert spied Woods free under the basket and the senior post player banked it home to put the Packers up by two.

Camden went to the foul line at the other with 8.6 seconds left, but missed both shots.

Terry was then fouled with 4.7 seconds left and he, too, missed both shots.

But Woods got the rebound on the second miss, was fouled and hit a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to seal the victory.

Woods finished with 29 points, including 19 in the second half, and controlled the boards for the Packers, pulling down 16 rebounds.

Terry had 25 points, including 21 on seven 3-pointers.

“We just wanted to force the tempo and put more pressure on the ball,” said Packers coach Levon Grant. “We probably created more turnovers than we had in our other seven games combined.”

The Colquitt County girls raised their record to 9-1, but had their coach shaking her head.

The Lady Packers trailed by 17-16 at the end of first half, led 40-30 with under four minutes to play, then saw Camden County’s Capri Cox score with 1.2 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

“I’ve never seen that before,” coach Rondesha Williams said. “I didn’t know who I was coaching.

“And I didn’t want it to go to overtime. Back-to-back region games are tough.”

Dexshalyn Polite hit one free throw just 10 seconds into the four-minute overtime and when she missed the second, Makeba Ponder got the rebound and scored to give the Lady Packers a quick three-point lead.

Khaila Morris hit a pair of free throws with 22.5 seconds left in overtime to pull Camden to within two at 49-47.

The Lady Wildcats had one last chance, but Polite came up with a steal and fed Ponder for a game-sealing basket at the buzzer.

Ponder led the Lady Packers with 22 points.

Ashley Henry added eight; Abbi Beth Paulk had six; Polite had five; Felicia Bowman and Dezaray Fowler each had three; Ja’nice Sailor had two; and Natalie Griffin had a free throw.

The Lady Packers played without starting forward Shakhila Harry, who has an ankle injury.

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