VALDOSTA -- The Colquitt County boys basketball team ended a four-game Region 1-AAAAA losing streak by defeating Valdosta 55-53 on Friday on the road.

The victory raises Colquitt's boys record to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in the region standings. It also completed a sweep of Valdosta, coming on the heels of the Lady Packers' 49-43 victory.

The Packers lost 53-52 to the Wildcats at home two weeks ago and trailed by nine at the half and by three heading into the final quarter on Friday.

But the Packers outscored the Wildcats 18-13 in the final quarter and got two crucial free throws from Keithus Troupe with nine seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Renoto Wright led the Packers with 19 points. John Michael Hall added 16 and Troupe had eight. Travis Singletary had seven, Robert Thompson two and Sherrod Edwards had a free throw.

"We got it done in the second half," said Packers coach Keith Hall. "But it was a dang war."

In the only other region game on Friday, Tift County raised its region record to 5-0 with a 64-57 victory over Coffee (3-2).

Colquitt County's girls took a half-game lead in the Region 1-AAAAA standings with their victory over Valdosta, now 2-4 in the region.

And for the second time in a week, the Lady Packers had to overcome a three-point first quarter to do it. Colquitt was outscored 10-3 in the first quarter the previous Friday before rallying to defeat Tift County on the road 45-36.

The Lady Packers got another big night from Valeika Ponder, who came off the bench to score 18 points.

The senior guard is averaging 15.5 points in six region games for the Lady Packers, who are now 12-7 overall and 5-1 in the region.

"Valeika carried us," said Parker, adding that his team's only first-quarter points came on a Ponder 3-pointer. "She was on fire. "

Mantoya Thomas added 12 points, Jessica Lemus had eight, Tearra McDonald and Ashley Stafford each had four, Katherine Faircloth had two and Latoya Seay made the Lady Packers only free throw.

Thomas and Lemus each scored six points in the final quarter as the Lady Packers defeated Valdosta for the third time this season. Valdosta's Freda Davis led all scorers with 22 points.

In the other girls game on Friday, Coffee defeated Tift County 50-33. Colquitt will play host to Worth County in a non-region doubleheader beginning at 7 tonight at the Espy Gymnasium.



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