Looking to score

Naia Benefield goes up to score for the seventh-grade girls.

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County seventh-grade and eighth-grade basketball teams opened their 2014-2015 seasons by sweeping Newbern Middle School on Monday.

The eighth-grade boys had little trouble in Valdosta, winning 46-28.

“It was a fast-paced game and they couldn’t keep up,” Colquitt County coach Steve Reynolds said. “It was a good team effort and everyone played.”

Nine Packers scored in the game, led by K.T. Wilson, who had 10 points.

Ty Williams added nine; Samari Louis and Ty Leggett each had six; Marcus Anderson and Josh Hadley each had four; Kamrin Woods had three; and Akeem McKeiver and Jay Ward each had two.

The eighth-grade girls won 27-14.

“We played hard,” coach Tiffanie Young said. “We won the game because we out-hustled Newbern on defense and that turned into layups. But we still have a lot to work on, especially rebounding.”

Eriyona Stokes led the Colquitt County girls with 16 points. Tionna Hunt and Mysheia Yates each had three; Kahleah Anderson and Carliee Johnson each had two; and Kenya Walker had one.

At the Willie J. Williams Middle School gymnasium, the Colquitt County seventh-grade boys won easily Over Newbern 49-20.

NyQuann Washington led the Packers with 12 points and Montavious Ponder added 11.

Jaycee Harden had five; Antferney Waiters had four; Laquavion Haynes had three; and Ja’Paul Lewis, Ahygie Bailey, Desmond Davis, Skyler Jones, Biron Silas and Janayvion Madison each had two.

“They are great kids,” coach Chance Pitts said of his talented team. “And they distribute the ball well.”

The seventh-grade Lady Packers jumped out to a 9-0 first quarter lead, held Newbern scoreless in the first half, and won 28-7.

“I felt good about our defense going in,” coach Jon Scroggins said.  “Kamree (Howard) and Marlie (Wingate) got us going on that end of the floor, then the scoring came.”  

Howard finished the game with five steals and four rebounds, and Wingate added nine rebounds and a steal.

Camille Singletary led all scorers with 12 points, and also had five steals.  Eknadia "Muff" McIntyre added seven points, six rebounds and a steal.

Naia Bennefield recorded six rebounds and four steals, and also scored six points.  Tiffany Toomer scored a basket.

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