DOUGLAS -- There were no surprises in Colquitt County's two games in the first round of the Region 1-AAAAA tournament at Coffee High on Thursday.

The Packers found it hard to score and were eliminated by Valdosta, 46-30, and the Lady Packers seemingly scored at will as they demolished Lee County, 76-34.

The Packers finish the season with a 10-16 record and dropped five of their last six after leading scorer John Michael Hall was lost for the season with a knee injury.

In their four previous losses the Packers had averaged just 33 points a game, but did not threaten to reach that figure until late against the Wildcats.

Colquitt scored just eight points in the first half and even a 16-point fourth quarter could not push them over the 30-point mark.

The Packers managed just 11 baskets from their 39 shots.

The closest the Packers, who were the No. 5 seed in the tournament, got to the Wildcats in the second half was nine points after a Robert Thompson free throw cut the deficit to 18-9 a minute and a half into the third quarter.

But Valdosta then ran off seven points and the Packers never recovered.

The Packers' two leading scorers were seniors playing their final games.

Three-year starter Renoto Wright scored a team-high 12 points and Thompson added 10.

Travis Singletary added four and Sherrod Edwards and Darrian Perry each had two.

Johnny Motley led the Wildcats with 15 points and Cedric Hill added 10.

The Wildcats advance to meet top-seeded Lowndes at 8:30 tonight in one semifinal boys game.

Colquitt County girls coach Joe Parker said he wanted a victory over Lee County -- which ensured the team its fifth straight trip to the state playoffs -- without wearing out his team.

He got it.

The Lady Packers, who are now 16-10, were hardly extended and got the lopsided victory despite having starting guard Mantoya Thomas, who was ill, on the bench throughout the game.

But Thomas should be ready for for today's 4 p.m. semifinal meeting with Coffee, which dealt the Lady Packers two of their three region losses.

Colquitt was expected to have little trouble with Lee, having beaten them by 32 and 39 points during the regular season. The Lady Packers made it a 42-point margin when Latoya Seay and Ashley Harrison scored in the final 30 seconds.

Teresa Hamilton hit a three-pointer just eight seconds into the game and the Lady Packers jumped out to a 24-0 lead.

"That was nice," Parker said. "T (Hamilton) set the tone for us and we rolled from there. We had a chance to rest a lot of players."

Colquitt led 37-12 at the half and 63-20 heading into the fourth quarter.

All nine of the Lady Packers who played scored.

Freshman Jessica Lemus led the way with 17 points. Valeika Ponder added 16.

Katherine Faircloth had nine on three three-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half. Micole Sutton added seven; Hamilton, Seay and Harrison each six; Ashley Stafford had five; and Tearra McDonald had four.

In Thursday's first game, Valdosta's girls defeated Tift County, 56-45, in overtime.

The game was tied at 43 at the end of regulation, but the Lady Wildcats used a 13-2 overtime advantage to advance to today's 7 p.m. meeting with top-seeded Lowndes.

Thursday's final game featured third-seeded Coffee's boys against sixth-seeded Lee County.



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