VALDOSTA -- Make that eight in a row for Lowndes' girls.
Lowndes' girls extended their winning streak to eight with a 65-60 overtime win over Colquitt County Saturday night at Charles Cooper Gym. The win also evens the Vikettes' Region 1-AAAAA record to 5-5.
"We are kind of hot right now," Lowndes girls coach Shan Garner said. "I'm seeing a lot of maturity in these girls. We took care of the basketball, and didn't turn the ball over a lot. We hit just enough jumpers to keep them honest, and our post players played well."
The Vikettes fell behind 16-6 at the end of one quarter. They trimmed the deficit to 25-20 at halftime, then tied the score at 29-29 midway through the third quarter.
Colquitt surged back ahead 41-33 early in the fourth quarter, but six straight Lowndes points trimmed the Lady Packer lead to one, 43-42.
Lowndes inched ahead 53-49, but Colquitt's Tiffany Eriving scored six points in the final 36 seconds. The last one came with eight seconds left, and tied the score at 56-56.
"Moultrie tied it in the final seconds of regulation, but our girls didn't hang their heads, and then we went out there and got back on top early in overtime," Garner said.
Markeisha Close made three free throws and a basket in the first 89 seconds of overtime, giving the Vikettes a 61-58 lead, and Lowndes held the lead the rest of the way.
Thomas was Lowndes' leading scorer, going for 20 points, while Close chipped in 18 and Sermons contributed 10.
Lowndes boys 61, Colquitt 54
Lowndes' boys also came out victorious Saturday, giving the Vikings fourth place in the region at 5-5.
Lowndes will host Colquitt again Thursday in the play-in game of the region tournament..
"I thought we did a good job working the ball, working the ball and working for good shots," Lowndes head coach Rob Williams said. "We beat their press a few times for baskets. That's something we've worked on a lot in practice."
Colquitt got back into the game with a 10-2 run, and cut Lowndes' lead to 47-44 midway through the fourth quarter. But the Vikings responded with a 9-3 run that upped the lead back to 56-47 with 1:01 to play.
Brock led the Vikings with 13 points, while Jackson added 11. Colquitt's John Michael Hall and Jeremy DeBruce had 16 points apiece.
"With this team, there are a lot of guys who can potentially step up for us," Williams said.
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