VALDOSTA -- Lowndes High's basketball teams gave their fans something to cheer about for the second time in three nights.

The Vikings dominated en route to an 87-65 victory over Thomasville, while the Vikettes had little trouble in defeating the Lady Bulldogs 72-55.

Five Vikings scored in double figures in the rout, led by Carlos Jackson's 19.

Thomasville actually jumped out early on. The Bulldogs scored seven of the game's first 10 points. But then Thomasville's bench was hit with a technical foul, and that started a 10-2 run for the Vikings. That gave Lowndes a 13-10 lead after the first period, and the Vikings never looked back from there.

Lowndes put some space in the lead by scoring 11 of the first 15 points of the second quarter. The combined 23-7 run turned a 7-3 deficit into a 26-14 Viking lead. LHS led 43-29 at the half.

The third quarter was evenly played, with each team scoring 20 points in those eight minutes. But then in the fourth quarter, Lowndes pulled away.

Early in the fourth, the Vikings started hitting everything they shot, while the Bulldogs struggled to get a rhythm going. Ahmad Farley hit two free throws, then converted a three-point play. Then Jon Rogers hit layups on three straight possessions, followed by a Will Thompson jumper, which made it 78-53.

That effectively put the game away. Head coach Cliff Ranew used his entire team in the fourth quarter.

In addition to Jackson's 19, Rogers scored 17, Thompson 14, and both Michael Smith and Corey Williams added 10.

Lowndes' girls found things almost as easy in their 17-point win.

"I was pleased with our effort tonight," Lowndes head coach Laine Craven said.

Thomasville's girls also jumped to an early lead, 5-2, but then Lowndes shot back with a 9-0 run, and never trailed again.

The Vikettes led 18-12 after the first quarter, and 34-26 at the half.

"We made some mistakes, and we kept fouling them, and that's what kept the game close in the first half," Craven said. "But we played better in the second half."

Then Lowndes made its run in the third to break the game open.

Thomasville had cut the LHS lead down to 34-30. But then Tiffany Tweed rebounded two missed shots and scored on both. Kristin McLeod hit a jumper, then a minute later, stole the ball, went in for a layup, was fouled and converted the three-point play Then Tweed followed another miss with a jumper, and it was 45-34. LHS led 51-42 after three.

The Vikettes made one last run early in the fourth quarter. Tweed and Candace Close hit jumpers, Lora Merritt hit two free throws, then Close hit another jumper. Two minutes later, McLeod converted another three-point play, and Kelly Summers hit a jumper, making it 65-49 with 2:40 left to play. That run was enough to put away the Lady Bulldogs.

McLeod and Tweed each scored 16 to lead the Vikettes.

"Kristin is a very good player. She's good on defense, and she's good on offense," Craven said. "Tiffany is greatly improved from last season, and she did well tonight."

Point guard Shelli Sirmans added 10 for Lowndes, which opens its Region 1-AAAAA season Tuesday at Bainbridge.



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