MOULTRIE — The Colquitt Count basketball teams took a pair of non-Region 1-AAAAAA games on Saturday afternoon in Havana, Fla.

The Lady Packers, down by 16 in the first half, won their season-opener 38-34 over East Gadsden.

“We had a big fouth quarter,” coach Rondesha Williams said. “We  shot the ball real well. We’ve got a great group of kids. They’ve got great heart and the don’t give up.”

The Colquitt girls shot just 12 percent from the field in the first half, but played much better in the final two quarters.

The Lady Packers were led by freshman Za’Nautica Downs, who had 12 points.

Joneria Grant had seven; Felisha Bowman, Shi’Keriyah Felton and TaKerria Waters each had four; Staa Johnson and Diamond Hall each had two; and Olivia Griffin had a free throw.

Williams was especially pleased with the defensive work turned in by Akia Sutton.

“She really sparked us,” Williams said.

Downs, Sutton and Hall are freshmen.

The Colquitt County boys completed the sweep by extending a one-point fourth-quarter lead to a 62-50 victory.

“We talked about finishing the game and playing strong down the stretch,” coach Andy Harden said.

“We played very well ... we played like we practiced all week. I’m glad we found a way to win.”

J.J. Peterson led the Packers wiht 19 points. Shaheem Ponder added 18.

Sebastian Courtney had nine; Cameron Singletary and DaNas Andrews each had six; and Savonta Slaughter had four.

“The is a young team, but they are buying in,” Harden said.

The Packers and Lady Packers will compete again on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Bainbridge for another pair of non-region contests.

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