MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County basketball teams concluded their holiday basketball tournaments on high notes on Wednesday with both the Packers and Lady Packers taking relatively easy victories.

The Colquitt County girls basketball team salvaged a victory in its final game of the Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett High, defeating Dacula 64-49 early Wednesday morning for its only win in three games in the tournament.

And the Packers won their second straight in the State Bank and Trust Co. Holiday Classic at Jones County, defeating Southwest Atlanta Christian 68-51.

The games were the last of the 2009 portion of the schedule. Colquitt County will open Region 1-AAAAA play on Tuesday against the Valdosta girls and boys teams that are a combined 16-1. Both teams won their region openers on Tuesday at Coffee.

Colquitt’s girls fell to Newton 55-40 on Monday and to Berkmar 60-25 on Tuesday in the North Gwinnett tournament, but performed better on Wednesday, Coach Rondesha Williams said.

“They finally got off the bus ready to play,” Williams said of her players.

And as she has in every game so far this season, Umeika Henry led the Lady Packers.

The senior forward had a triple-double against Dacula, scoring 19 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and coming up with 11 steals.

Henry scored 49 points in the three tournament games.

Brittany Taylor also played well on Wednesday with eight points and nine rebounds.

Bria Wallace and Persephone Taylor each had eight points. Kwantesha Love had six and Sarah Strong added five.

Dacula, from Region 8-AAAAA, dropped all three of their tournament games to fall to 3-7 on the season. The Lady Falcons also lost to Duluth 61-45 and to Hillgrove 60-44 in their first two tournament games.

The Lady Packers raised their record to 5-3 as they head into their Tuesday Region 1-AAAAA opener at Valdosta, where the 9-0 Lady Wildcats lie in wait.

Valdosta’s girls were 9-14 last year and won just four of 14 region games.

But coach Edwin Wilcox has his team off to a 9-0 start that includes a non-region victory over Lowndes in their season-opener and a 67-53 victory over Coffee in Douglas on Tuesday in its first region game.

The Lady Wildcats also also have a pair of wins over Thomas County Central and have defeated Echols County. Crisp County, Clinch County, Lanier County and Cairo.

Alisha Crawford led the Lady Wildcats in the victory over Coffee, scoring 12 points and dishing out eight assists.

Stormm Phillips, Mykia McKinnon and Sierra Foster each had 11 and Alexis Brown chipped in three second-quarter 3-pointers.

Also on Tuesday, the Lowndes girls won their Region 1-AAAAA opener, defeating Warner Robins 53-49 in overtime.

The Colquitt boys victory raises their record to 4-7.

The Packers opened play in the Jones County tournament with an 81-49 loss to Central Gwinnett, but then had little trouble on Tuesday, winning over Georgia Military College 84-14.

The Packers got another big game from Nate Hill on Wednesday in the victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian.

The senior forward scored 23 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, came up with four steals and had four blocked shots.

Quan Daniels also was in double-figures with a season-high 14 points.

Amel Magwood had nine points and Cornelius James and Tyrell Wright each added eight. Luis Ballenilla had four.

The Packers also will have their work cut out for them on Tuesday when they travel to meet the Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA in the Coaches Poll.

Valdosta, coming off last season's 28-2 record, is 7-1 and has won seven in a row since falling 72-58 to Bainbridge in its season-opener.

The Wildcats won their region opener on Tuesday, defeating Coffee in Douglas 66-63.

Junior Jay Rome led the Wildcats with 24 points. Freddy Thompson added 17 and Carlos Beverly had 10.

Also on Tuesday, the Lowndes boys won their region opener, defeating Warner Robins on the road 97-89 in overtime.

The Vikings are now 9-2 overall and will be back at home on Friday, Jan. 8, to play host to Houston County.





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