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February 6, 2014

Colquitt County sweeps aside host Lowndes

VALDOSTA — Although the Lowndes faithful were treated to a memorable senior night ceremony, both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams lost hard-fought battles to the visiting Colquitt County Packers. Colquitt won the girls game 64-60 and the boys game 53-49.

During the intermission between the two games, Lowndes’ senior basketball players and cheerleaders were escorted into the gymnasium by their loved ones to a standing ovation.

Highlighting the festivities was the announcement of senior Tashia Brown’s induction to Lowndes High’s illustrious “1,000-point club.”

“It’s been a big opportunity to play here (at Lowndes),” Brown said.  “I’m really going to miss coming into this gym as a player.”

In the girls’ contest, the Vikettes (15-8, 5-6 in Region 1-AAAAAA) fell behind early, heading into halftime facing a 32-23 deficit. Coming out of the half, they rode a spirited 17-11 third quarter, led by Brown and sophomore Faith Starling, to bring the game within reach, but in the end the Packers were able to hold on.

“We’ve talked about the importance of the third quarter all season,” Vikettes coach Brittany Ferguson said.  “Any time you can rally a group, any group, to work together for a common goal, it’s an accomplishment in itself.  I couldn’t ask for any more of an effort from the team tonight.”

Brown led the way for the Vikettes with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting.  Starling added 10 points (3-5 on field goals, 4-6 on free throws) and sophomore Taffany Smith contributed with nine points (3-4 shooting).

In the boys game, the Vikings (9-15, 1-10) faced a similar situation, down 23-17 at the half. An exhilarating four-point play from senior Eric Henderson tied the game at 27 with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter. While the Vikings were able to head into the fourth quarter with a 35-33 lead, they eventually fell.

“At the half, all I told the guys was ‘settle down,’” Vikings coach John Arnold said. “They came out with a renewed focus. We fought back and took the lead, but we’ve just got to better at finishing.”

In the boys’ matchup, Anderson tallied 13 points (5-12 from the floor), while senior Malik Roberts and Antoine Hunter added nine points each.

Both Lowndes teams return to action Friday in Kingsland, where they square off against the Wildcats of Camden County High School. The girls are scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m., with the boys following at 7 p.m.

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