MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High basketball teams will have had 10 days off when they take the Gladys Espy Gymnasium floor on Friday.

They may need every practice hour over that time to get ready for visiting Westover.

Both the Patriots and Lady Patriots will bring 2-0 records when they visit Moultrie for the first time in a number of years.

Colquitt has been off since Tuesday, Nov. 26, when it opened the season against Thomasville.

Colquitt's boys defeated the Bulldogs that night 68-51, but will be up against the state's No. 6-ranked Class AAA team in Westover.

The Patriots are coming off a 80-51 victory over Lee County on Tuesday in Leesburg.

Lee County played without the graduated Ray Northern, who was one of Region 1-AAAAA's top players the last two seasons.

And the Trojans also were without Montavious Waters, who was one of their top players last year, but who has transferred to Westover.

Waters, a junior guard, had 15 points against his former team on Tuesday and has 30 in the Patriots first two games. He also has handed out 12 assists in those two games.

And Waters is not Westover's only weapon. Forwards Allen Jenkins, who also had 15 points Tuesday, and Waqar Shah, who had 13, were named to the preseason All-Region 1-AAA team by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Packers got balanced scoring in their season-opening win.

John Michael Hall had 16 points and Robert Thompson and Cedric Richardson each had 14.

Westover's girls also are coming off a victory, a 43-34 decision over Lee County that also keeps them perfect.

The Lady Patriots will pose a problem similar to the one the Lady Packers faced in their 50-49 loss to Thomasville last week.

The Lady Bulldogs had a big front court consisting of twins Patriece and Shaniece Brunner. Westover has a pair of 6-foot-2 forwards of its own in Wanya Brown and Cayla Moore. Brown, a junior transfer from Dougherty, had 15 points and four blocks on Tuesday.

Moore, who is just a sophomore, had nine rebounds and four blocks. She joined teammates Jada Frazier and Tiana Pope on the preseason All-Region 1-AAA team.

Following Friday's home games, the Packers and Lady Packers will hit the road for the first time on Saturday when they travel to Bainbridge for a pair of non-region contests.



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