Moultrie Observer

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February 8, 2013

Lady Packers knock off Tift County

MOULTRIE — Led by a sparkling defensive effort provided by Dezaray Fowler, the Colquitt County girls basketball team won their regular-season finale on Friday, defeating Tift County 52-43 in Tifton.

The loss was just the second in Region 1-AAAAAA for the Lady Devils, who will be the top seed for the region tournament that starts Monday at Valdosta High.

The Lady Packers will open tournament play at 4 p.m. on Tuesday against Lowndes.

The Lady Packers and Vikettes split their two regular-season games, with each winning at home.

The Vikettes prevailed 67-65 in triple overtime in Valdosta and the Lady Packers won on the William Bryant Court at the Gladys Espy Memorial Gymnasium 54-50.

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

The Packers will play the boys tournament play-in game against Camden County at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The Lady Packers victory will enable them to take a 17-7 overall record and a 6-6 region mark into the tournament. The victory was the third in a row for the Colquitt County girls.

“Dezary had an awesome defensive game,” Lady Packers coach Rondesha Williams said. “She did everything we asked her to do and held (Tift County’s) leading scorer to just five points.

“Without her, we’d’ve been in trouble tonight.”

The Lady Packers played slowly in the first and third quarters, but broke out in the fourth quarter and were able to pull away.

Colquitt also took advantage of being in the double-bonus early.

Makeba Ponder led the Lady Packers with 17 points.

Ja’nice Sailor had a big game, scoring 13 points and hitting 9-of-13 free throws.

Dexshalyn Polite also was in double-figures with 11 points.

Fowler and Abbi Beth Paulk each had four and Shakhila Harry had two.

Also on Friday in the region, Brunswick traveled to Coffee and Lowndes went to Camden County.

Tift County finishes its regular season with a pair of games at Valdosta tonight. Camden will go to Coffee today.

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