MOULTRIE - The Colquitt County High ninth-grade boys basketball team will play its first home game of the season today after opening with three straight games on the road.

The freshmen Packers will meet Valdosta at 4:30 p.m. today at the Willie J. Williams Middle School gymnasium.

It will be the team's final game before the Christmas break.

The schedule will resume after the break with four straight games scheduled to be played at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

The first will be on Thursday, Jan. 6, against Bainbridge.

The ninth-graders also will entertain Lowndes at the high school at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.

Monroe will visit the Espy Gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and Tift County will be in town for a 10 a.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The freshmen also have games remaining against Worth County on Jan. 17 and at Tift County at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

They will finish their season with a game against Valdosta at Valdosta High on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

The Packers will be glad not to have to get on a bus for a long drive today, having lost their first three games, all on the road.

In their opener, the ninth-graders fell to Bainbridge 60-41 despite a team-high 12 points from Daquery Robertson.

Nathan Cashwell added eight, D.T. Trimble and Jarvis Lambright each had five, Chantting Stevenson had four, Andrew McDowell had three and Ryshad Edmonds had two points.

Lambright had 12 points when the Packers lost their second game, 56-31 at Monroe. Cashwell added six, Trimble had four, Stevenson three and Robertson and Terry McDaniel had two each.

Colquitt dropped its third straight on Monday, falling to Worth County in Sylvester 47-38.

"We couldn't throw it in the ocean," ninth-grade coach Jimmy Francis said.

Cashwell led the Packers with seven points. Lambright and McDaniel each had six.

Trimble and McDaniel added six, Robertson had three and Stevenson, Edmonds, Mario Haynes and Vandy McBride each had two.

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