Valdosta girls 64, Griffin 29
The Lady Wildcats grabbed an early lead, dominated much of the game and earned a 35-point victory on Tuesday.
“I’m glad we won,” Valdosta head coach E.A. Wilcox said. “We’re trying to improve in all aspects.”
After a slow start, Valdosta took the lead in the early minutes, built on that lead in the second quarter and headed to the locker room with a 27-12 halftime lead.
The Lady Wildcats returned to the court after halftime, and dominated the third quarter, outscoring Griffin 22-7. They stopped pressing and went to a halfcourt man-to-man defense. They stole the ball several times, got some easy baskets in transition and doubled their lead in the period.
“We made layups, we made shots and we got easier shots,” Wilcox said. “We sat in a halfcourt defense, in a man-to-man, and played tough (defense).”
Valdosta led 49-19 after three quarters, and cruised to a 35-point win.
Stormm Phillips and Tatyanna Randall led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points apiece. Tiaera Phillips scored 11 points and Shaneika Smith added 10. Ten different players scored for Valdosta on Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats will travel to Albany to face Westover on Friday and Monroe on Saturday.
Lowndes boys 65, Howard 39
The Lowndes boys basketball team used a strong first quarter and strong defense to secure a 65-39 win over the Howard Huskies Tuesday night.
Nine different Viking players scored in the win, including Tremayne Tippins who led the way 25 points and six rebounds. Justin Williams finished with 10 points and four assists.
Led by Tippins’ 10 points in the opening quarter, Lowndes raced out to a 17-2 lead before allowing a 3-point play to Howard at the end of the first quarter.
Lowndes pushed its lead to 20 points (35-15) by halftime and 24 points (51-27) by the end of the third quarter.
With the win, the Lowndes boys improved to 2-2 on the season.