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MOULTRIE -- The Colquit County girls basketball program got a super-sized, crimson-and-silver monkey off its back on Friday, upsetting Lowndes 46-42 at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

Lowndes' boys won the nightcap, 80-69.

The Lady Packers had dropped 21 straight games to the Vikettes, dating back to 1993.

But Colquitt overcame a four-point fourth-quarter deficit to both end the long losing streak to its Region 1-AAAAA rival and move into a tie for first place in the league.

The win raises the Lady Packers region record to 4-1. The Vikettes loss drops them to the same region record and to 16-4 overall.

Colquitt raises its record to 11-7 overall.

"That's the biggest win I've ever got," said Lady Packers coach Joe Parker, who took over the program in 1997.

"Even when we had Britney (Wetherington) and went 12-2, we lost to them twice."

The Vikettes led nearly the entire first three quarters and were up 34-30 heading into the final eight minutes.

But Valeika Ponder, who led the Lady Packers with 18 points, hit her fourth -- and last -- 3-pointer to cut the margin to one.

Colquitt went up on a three-point play by Tearra McDonald moments later, but Lowndes tied the game at both 36 and 38.

Then it was Ponder again, driving for a layup and hitting the a free-throw for a three-point play to put Colquitt up 41-38 with 3:05 left. Colquitt never surrendered the lead.

"I told our players it was their win," Parker said. "I told them they should enjoy it."

Ponder was the only Lady Packer in double figures. McDonald added nine, Mantoya Thomas and Katherine Faircloth each seven and Jessica Lemus and Ashley Stafford each had two.

Monique Ellis had 18 for Lowndes, but none in the fourth quarter.

Miaie Williams and Currie Power each had six, Lauren Rowe and Brandy Holsendolph had four and Takai Reynolds had three.

The Lady Packers will try to defeat Valdosta for a third straight time this season when meet the Lady Wildcats on the road on Friday.

The Vikettes' next region game will be at home on Saturday against Lee County.



The Lowndes boys basketball team dropped out of the state's Class AAAAA top 10 in the Atlanta Tipoff Club/Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released earlier Tuesday and played as if it was not pleased about it.

The Vikings placed four players in double figures, led by Ahmad Farley who had 28, and rolled past Colquitt County 80-69 on Tuesday at the Gladys Espy Gymnasium.

The Vikings, who were coming off a last-second 59-57 loss to Tift County on Saturday, raise their Region 1-AAAAA record to 4-1. They are 15-4 overall.

The Packers dropped their fourth straight region game and are now 7-11 overall and 1-4 in the region.

Colquitt had worried about All-Region forward Will Thompson, who had 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Vikings. But it was Farley who kept the Packers from making a run.

The senior guard had 12 of his points in the third quarter and a dozen of his 28 points came on 3-pointers.

But Farley and Thompson had plenty of help. Zach Parker had 19 points and six rebounds and Michael Smith had 10 points. Patrick Iverson added four points and Jeremy Pittman had four.

Colquitt was led by Robert Thompson and Renoto Wright, each of whom had 16. John Michael Hall added 15, Keithus Troupe had 12 and Sherrod Edwards had five.

Colquitt was never closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.



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