Valdosta boys 86, Howard 54
The Valdosta boys’ basketball team started the 2012-13 season exactly as planned. The Wildcats crushed the Howard Huskies 86-54 Monday night, improving to 1-0 on the season.
Playing a multitude of players, which included the likes of some football players that joined the team Saturday, the Wildcats never trailed in the game and used a dominating second half to pull away for the 32-point win.
Senior Rashad Lewis scored a game-high 22 points, despite sitting out the majority of the fourth quarter while reserves played. Jason Robertson was the only other Wildcat in double figures. He finished with 13 points. Altogether, 11 different Wildcats scored on the night, including five in the fourth quarter.
Early on, the game was close. Valdosta didn’t build a lead any larger than eight points, until putting together a 15-4 run midway through the second quarter to go ahead 35-21. During the run, Lewis scored six points, while Coy Roberts nailed a pair of 3-pointers.
In the second half, the Wildcats wasted little time building onto their lead. Valdosta’s lead hit 20 points, 47-27, on a Lewis’ 3-pointer. Then Howard closed the gap and brought it within 11 points before the Wildcats finished the third quarter on a 10-2 run.
In the fourth quarter, it was all Valdosta. Playing the majority of the quarter with bench players, the Wildcats outscored the Huskies 26-13 in the fourth quarter, building a 32-point lead later in the quarter.
Lowndes girls 45, Griffin 39
The Lowndes Vikettes overcame a slow first quarter and used a commanding 17-3 run between the third and fourth quarters to beat the Griffin Lady Bears 45-39 Monday night.
The Vikettes’ run answered a 9-0 Griffin run that left Lowndes trailing 30-21 near the end of the third quarter.
During the run, six different Vikettes scored from the floor, as Lowndes improved to 2-1 on the season.
Tete Wilson finished with 12 points and Coretta Haddin added 10 for the Vikettes in the win.
Lowndes scored just four points in the opening quarter, falling into a 12-4 deficit at the end of the first eight minutes. The Vikettes didn’t score their first basket until the 4:30 mark of the first quarter, coming on a basket from Dione Arnold.
The shooting improved in the second quarter for the Vikettes, reducing their deficit to just three points at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Lowndes came out and managed to grab the lead on two separate occasions. The Vikettes’ first lead of the night came at the 6:11 mark off a Wilson basket. After Griffin managed to even the score at 20-20 with a free throw, Lowndes re-gained the lead on a basket from Lexus Miller.
Then Griffin put together an impressive 9-0 run to build a 30-21 lead, forcing several Lowndes turnovers in the process.
That’s when the Vikettes answered with their 17-3 run to grab the lead, which they would not surrender for the remainder of the game.