MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County seventh-grade boys basketball team held Valdosta without a point in the final 7 1/2 minutes on Thursday, but still came up short, falling to the Tomcats 30-29.

Colquitt's girls made sure there would be no sweep for the visitors, routing Valdosta 39-15 in the first game.

The Lady Packers raised their record to 3-0 with the victory in a game that was never in doubt.

Colquitt's girls outscored the Lady Cats 12-3 in the first quarter and 12-0 at the half and put their game on cruise control in the second half.

Nicolle Thomas scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the first half to give the Lady Packers an early cushion.

Colquitt County coach Todd Hall substituted liberally, especially in the second half.

"Everybody got it," Hall said. "That was nice.'

Shay Lovett also was in double figures for Colquitt County, scoring 12 points. Alexa Isaacs had four; Anna Leigh Keith, Lori Sherling and Asha Carter had two each; and Ashley Patillo had a free throw.

Valdosta's boys appeared headed for as easy an evening as Colquitt County's girls when they jumped out to a 18-6 halftime lead in the second game. The Packers scored just six points in the first quarter and none in the second and appeared doomed.

But Colquitt's Clarke Hendrick hit two baskets within the first minute of the second half and twice the Packers cut the Tomcat lead to seven in the third quarter.

The Valdosta lead went to 15 at 30-15 on basket with 1:32 left in the third quarter.

But the Tomcats never scored again.

Colquitt's Brian Berl ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 12 and the Packers ran off the first eight points of the fourth quarter.

Berl pulled the Packers to within a point at 30-29 with another 3-pointer with six seconds left, but Colquitt could not get another shot.

C.J. Copeland led Colquitt with seven points. Berl and Seth Whittaker each had six; Hendrick and Marquise Young each had four and Jamiel Tyson had one.

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