Moultrie Observer

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February 5, 2013

Lady Pack knocks off Turner County

MOULTRIE — With the Region 1-AAAAAA finale looming and a chance to clinch fourth place, Colquitt County coach Rondesha Williams was looking for a solid effort from her girls on Tuesday night against Turner County.

And the Lady Packers delivered.

Against a strong group of Lady Rebels, Colquitt County took a 58-54 Senior Night victory on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium that raises their overall record to 16-7.

And perhaps the Lady Packers will take some of that momentum to Tifton on Friday when they meet the Lady Devils in the final game before next week’s region tournament.

A victory over Tift County would get the Lady Packers back to .500 in the region and would improve their seeding for the tournament.

“That was a good team,” Williams said of the Turner County girls, who are now 17-6. “If we play like that on Friday, we can beat Tifton.

“We came out ready to play and they did what I wanted them to do. They came out ready to play.”

The Lady Packers took a 10-point lead on a 3-pointer by Ashley Henry just 32 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Turner County refused to go quietly.

The Lady Rebels ran off the next seven points of the game and with 1:29 remaining got a 3-pointer from Anna Cole to tie the game at 52-52.

But Ja’nice Sailor hit a free throw with 49.7 seconds left to return the lead to the Lady Packers and Shakhila Harry made it a two-point lead with free throw 12 seconds later.

Then, with Turner looking for a tie, Dexhalyn Polite came up with a steal and made a layup with 18 seconds left.

Antaarria Graddie scored with 8.6 seconds left to pull Turner back to within two, but two free throws by Makeba Ponder put the game out of reach.

Ponder led the Lady Packers with 25 points. Polite had 12; Natalie Griffin had eight; Harry and Sailor each had five; and Henry had three.

Griffin had 13 rebounds.

The Colquitt County boys dropped the nightcap 57-36 to fall to 4-16.

Kamoris Woods led the Packers with eight points. Kenji Thompson had seven; Jay Tolbert and Javonta Woods each had six; Jay Lewis had five; and Sam Holloway and JaQuan Blakely each had two points.

Between games the Packers seniors were honored, including cheerleaders Ebone Balkcom Mikayla Carr and Moly Sutz; Lady Packers Aikerrion Ryce, Ashley Henry, Dezaray Fowler, Kandi Seay, Shakhila Harry, Ja’nice Sailor and Natalie Griffin; and Packers Kamoris Woods, Sam Holloway and Quen Jenkins.

 

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