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January 8, 2013

Colquitt drops home region games to Valdosta

MOULTRIE — Perhaps the top two girls players in Region 1-AAAAAA put their talents on display on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium on Tuesday in the game between Colquitt County and Valdosta and their efforts were a virtual draw.

The Lady Packers’ Makeba Ponder scored 26 points and the Lady Cats’ Starr Phillips poured in 25.

The difference was that the rest of the Colquitt County team had just 17 points.

The rest of the Lady Cats had 28 points and Valdosta took a 52-43 victory that raised their record to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the region.

The Valdosta boys completed the sweep with an easy 73-51 victory over the Packers, who fall to 3-7 overall. They are 1-2 in the region.

Colquitt County opened region play last Friday with a sweep of Camden County at home.

But since then, the Packers and Lady Packers both have lost to Brunswick and Valdosta.

With their second straight loss after a nine-game winning streak, the Lady Packers fall to 9-3.

The Lady Cats scored the first eight points of the game before the Lady Packers ran off the next 13, but Valdosta led after the first quarter 16-13.

The Valdosta girls, who won their region opener over Lowndes on Saturday, never surrendered the lead and led by as many as 11 in the second quarter.

Colquitt pulled to within two at 36-34 on a Ponder 3-pointer with 3:24 left in the third quarter, but Valdosta’s Tiearra Phillips matched it with a triple of her own 22 seconds later.

Colquitt never got closer than three the rest of the way.

The Lady Packers pulled to with in five with 1:42 left in the game on a basket by Dexshalyn Polite, but Valdosta ran off the final four points of the game.

Except for Ponder, the Lady Packers shot poorly, especially in the first half.

And then, each time they tried to rally, Valdosta had an answer.

Ponder had three 3-pointer and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

Shakhila Harry had eight points; Ashley Henry added three; and Polite, Ja’nice Sailor and Natalie Griffin each had two.

Stormm Phillips, who went over 1,000 career points earlier this season, got help from Tiearra Phillips, who had 11 and Destiny Covert, who had six.

Taylor Hauser had five; Shaneika Smith and Keneshia Kimbrough each had two; and Terri Oglesby had a free throw.

The Valdosta boys raised their record to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the region with the victory in the nightcap.

The Packers led 7-3  before Valdosta ran off 21 straight points to take a 24-7 first-quarter lead.

Clarence Smith had 11 of Valdosta’s 24 first-quarter points, including nine on three 3-pointers.

The Wildcats outscored the Packers 17-8 in the second quarter and led comfortably 41-15 at the half.

Xavier Terry led the Packers with 17 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers. Three of those triples came in the fourth quarter.

Kamorris Woods added 15 points and Javonta Woods had 13. Kenji Thompson added four and Sam Holloway had two.

Colquitt County will be off on Friday, but will play host to Coffee for a pair of region games beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In Tuesday’s first game, the Colquitt County junior varsity girls raised their record to 5-0 with a 49-42 victory over Valdosta.

Aikerrion Ryce led the JV Lady Packers with 13 points. Abbi Beth Paulk added 10.

Dexshalyn Polite and Felicia Bowman each had nine; Joneria Grant had six; and Britni Marshall and Chaz Singletary each had one point.

In Tifton on Tuesday, the Colquitt County eighth-grade teams dropped a pair of games to Tift County. The Colquitt County eighth-grade girls fell 46-23 and are now 2-3 this season.

Ashuntee Stewart led the Lady Packers with 11 points. Staa Johnson had six, Shy Seay had four and Shyanne Young and Daneishia Edmonds each had one.

The eighth-grade boys hung with the much bigger Blue Devils before falling 23-21.

“That was the best game we’ve played all year,” coach Roger Jones said. “We kept it away from them and we didn’t turn it over a lot. But we were just out-sized.”

Allen Key led the eighth-grade boys with nine points. Tory Ponder and Tyrese king each had four and DaNas Andrews had four.

The results of Tuesday’s seventh-grade games were not available at press time.


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