VALDOSTA -- The regular season for girls' basketball is over, but No. 8 Valdosta High and No. 9 Lowndes High still have an important question to settle.
Heads or tails?
Both the Lady Wildcats and Vikettes claimed a piece of the Region 1-AAAAA title Saturday with easy wins at home. Valdosta pummeled Bainbridge 75-42 while Lowndes dispatched Tift County 61-39. With just one loss apiece in region play -- thanks to a series split -- the two teams will have a coin flip at today's seeding meeting to determine the No. 1 seed in next week's tournament in Waycross.
At Charles Cooper Gymnasium, Lowndes produced a 13-0 run early to put the game easily out of reach, as the Vikettes took a 31-15 lead at halftime. The only real drama occurred with 1:34 to play when Curry Powers -- playing in just her second game of the year after returning from an ACL tear -- scored a free throw for her first point of the year and an ovation from the crowd.
Otherwise, the Vikettes spent most of the night disassembling Tift County (13-11, 6-8), notwithstanding a 14-0 Lady Devils run against the reserves in the fourth quarter. Monique Ellis led Lowndes with 18 points and drew notice from head coach Laine Craven.
"Monique is playing excellent defense, getting offensive rebounds and working hard," Craven said. "The truth is, everybody focuses on Kristen (McLeod) and when Tiffany (Tweed) is in, they try to stop that lob, so it gives Monique the opportunity to kind of step up and play."
Tweed added 14 points for Lowndes (19-4, 13-1), while Tift County's Shanice Dawson led all scorers with 21 points.
VHS GIRLS 75, BAINBRIDGE 42
Call the Valdosta High Lady Wildcats co-region champs.
Saturday was a big night at Valdosta High. It was senior night, where all the seniors were recognized. The Valdosta victory was head coach Deidre Williams' 100th.
And the 75-42 win gave the Lady Wildcats (20-5, 13-1) a share of the Region 1-AAAAA championship.
"Region champion is a good title to have," Coach Williams said. "We're pleased to earn it."
Valdosta and Lowndes will flip a coin to determine the top seed for next week's region tournament.
Williams was given a loud ovation when it was announced she'd won her 100th.
"I didn't even know it was my 100th," said the coach, in her sixth season at Valdosta.
Bainbridge actually led 10-9 after one quarter. Then the enslaught began.
Valdosta scored the first nine points of the second quarter, getting two jumpers from Elizabeth Petit and a three-pointer and a layup by Tamara Petersen. Then late in the half, the Lady Wildcats put on a show of defensive dominance. In a span of 54 seconds, Valdosta stole the ball five times, all before Bainbridge could reach halfcourt, which led to five straight Lady Wildcat baskets.
For the quarter, Valdosta outscored Bainbridge 28-8, and led 37-18 at halftime.
The VHS dominance returned in the fourth quarter. The Lady Wildcats began the period with a 17-2 run. The last six points of the run came courtesy of back-to-back-to-back steals.
"We looked real good in spurts," Coach Williams said.
Lady Wildcat seniors Elizabeth Petit, Tori Williams, Chelsa Williams and Regina Harris were recognized after the game, their last one at the VHS gym, and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Petit led the Lady 'Cats with 26 points. Petersen added 13 points, To#ri Williams 12 and Chelsa Williams 11.
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