MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High basketball teams got a pair of confidence-building victories in a sweep of Monroe on Tuesday in Albany.

Colquitt's girls opened the evening with a 31-30 victory over the Lady Tornadoes.

The Packers followed up with a 48-45 victory to complete the sweep.

Colquitt County boys coach Keith Hall was not pleased with this team's defensive effort in the season-opening 77-63 loss to Thomasville on Nov. 19.

But he had nothing but good things to say about the way his team played on Tuesday.

The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, but the Packers were able to take a lead with about a minute remaining and hold on for the victory that raises their record to 1-1.

"It was a rough, physical game," Hall said. "And we played reall good defense."

Hall sent out virtually two teams against the Tornadoes. The starters were Sherard Reynolds, Antwan Tuff, Jeremy DeBruce, Andrew Wallace and John Michael Hall.

But a second group made up of Amar Parikh, Ryshawn Melvin, Orion Ponder, Ronald Wilson and Kamari Peterson played in all four quarters and was especially productive down the stretch.

"That group logged a lot of playing time and they did a really good job," Hall said.

Monroe led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter, but the Packers battled back to take a 27-22 halftime lead.

The Tornadoes outscored the Packers 14-9 in the third quarter to send the game into the final eight minutes tied.

"We didn't play great offensively, scoring-wise," Hall said. "But we handled ourselves well at the end of the game."

John Michael Hall led the Packers with 13 points. Wallace added 10.

Tuff had seven and DeBruce had five, including a big fourth-quarter 3-pointer.

Wilson had four, Parikh three and Peterson had a free throw.

Colquitt's girls continued to win close games against Monroe.

The Lady Packers beat Monroe 60-55 in overtime in Albany last year and won by a point in Moultrie.

Colquitt County coach Joe Parker could not have been more pleased with his team's effort.

Junior post player Jessica Lemus, who had 20 points in the season-opening victory over Thomasville, got in early foul trouble. She missed large portions of the game and had just six points.

But Tiffany Erving picked up much of the slack with 11 points and the Lady Packers hung on.

"They showed a lot of character," Parker said of his team, now 2-0. "It was good work ethic and just wanting to get it done.

"The kids really represented themselves and Colquitt County well."

The Lady Packers trailed 10-5 at the end of the first quarter and 16-13 at the half.

Monroe extended its lead to 28-24 heading into the final quarter, but the Colquitt won the game with a 7-2 fourth-quarter advantage in the Lady Tornadoes gymnasium.

The Lady Packers also got five points from Latoya Carr, four from Nikki Hudson, three from Ashley Stafford and two from Tiffany Troupe.

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