The 2005 Lowndes High football banquet will be held in the Lowndes High School cafetorium tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Finger foods will be served and the program will start at 7 p.m.

University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt will serve as the guest speaker for the event in honor of the 2004 GHSA Class AAAAA state champions.

There is no charge and Viking memorabilia will be available for purchase.

Generals show their emotions

Fans of Georgia Christian that traveled to Tuesday's game against Westwood experienced the whole spectrum of emotions. Euphoria came first as Chaeli Nelson sank a three-pointer from just inside the halfcourt line to lift Georgia Christian to a 48-45 victory in the girls game.

Agony came next as Westwood's Joseph Gaines hit a free throw with 1.7 seconds left to send the Generals to a 60-59 defeat. The frustration was only magnified by the fact that GCS couldn't hold a 10-point lead with four minutes to go. Gaines drove the lane and picked up the foul before hitting the first of two free throws.

The Generals (8-7, 3-3 in the region) couldn't get off a desperation shot.

Momentum swung rapidly for the girls as they took the lead with 10 seconds to go, only to have Westwood tie it with 1.7 seconds remaining. It was enough time though for Nelson, who finished with eight points, to work her magic for the Generals (11-6, 5-2 in region).

Susan Hampton led all scorers with 19 points.

Westwood's Jared Godwin topped the boys game with 21 points and Gaines' free throw gave him 20. The Generals got a combined 37 points from the trio of Walker Sloan (15), Nathan Renfro (12) and Austin Plyler (10).

Rebel yell

In Nashville, the Berrien girls basketball team slugged out a 42-38 victory against Thomasville on Tuesday. Keelie Allen's 13 points topped the Rebels, who improved to 11-10 and 4-6 in Region 1-AA.

The Berrien boys were unable to make it a sweep as the Bulldogs snuck away with a 64-55 triumph. Andrew Carnes scored 16 for the Rebels, not enough to offset 30 from Thomasville's Ladarius Hall. The Rebels (9-12) meet Cook on Friday looking for their second region win.

Brooms for Brunswick

Open Bible enjoyed another successful night Tuesday, sweeping four games from Brunswick Christian. The undefeated junior varsity girls team began the roll with a 38-25 victory, which the JV boys followed up with a 62-20 thrashing. Open Bible's Kyle Elder scored 17 points, and Paul Phillips finished with 16.

From there, it was on the varsity, with the girls making it look easy in a 70-46 pasting. Annalisa McCarty pumped in 22 points and Gabby Sermans was close behind with 21 for Open Bible (16-2). The Warriors completed the night with a 72-52 victory from the boys, keyed by C.J. Fouraker's 29 points. Michael Kinchen supplied another 18 for Open Bible (14-4).

Clinch keeps playing

The Clinch County girls basketball team didn't show any fatigue on Tuesday, suffocating Ware Magnet in a 53-25 victory. Playing their ninth game in 16 days and on back-to-back days, the Panthers used superb pres

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sure defense to cruise to the victory. Kahmil Morehead led the Panthers with 16 points to pace a solid team effort for Clinch (11-7, 9-4 in Region 1-A).

The boys emerged victorious, too, bringing a ton of pressure from the opening tip to tear off a 72-47 win. According to first-year coach Nick Gast, the Panthers supplied great energy right out of the gates.

"The No. 1 thing we did well was we had great ball pressure," Gast said. "Whoever brought up the ball, we were making their life difficult."

Brion Coleman again led the Panthers (11-7, 9-4 in Region 1-A), scoring a game-high 22 points. Boris Lee added 12 more.

"He has a lot of confidence right now and he's starting to understand the system," Gast said.

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