VALDOSTA - The Wildcats played a quick half of Beat the Press Tuesday in a 64-37 Region 1-AAAAA win over Lee County at Valdosta High.
All 13 Wildcats scored in a tune-up for Lowndes High Friday, which will be a battle for third in the region.
"We'll take a victory anytime we can get a victory," Wildcats' head coach John Miller said. "[Friday versus Lowndes] should bring a big crowd. I hope we play well."
Valdosta (13-8, 4-5 region) didn't seem to notice Lee's press in the opening 16 minutes, jumping out to an early 19-6 lead on LaRon Connely's jumper that just beat the first quarter buzzer.
The Wildcats scored the final four points of the first quarter and the first eight points of the second quarter to take a comfy 27-6 advantage. Valdosta led 33-12 at intermission and Lee never got close in the final 16 minutes.
"[Lee County head coach Greg] Freeman used to be one of my personal assistants and he'll get that program going," Miller said. "He got the job seven months before the season started and they're real young."
Chauncey Jones scored 11 points in the first half, didn't play in the second half, and still led Valdosta in scoring. Antonio Tillman scored all 10 of his points in the second half and Darius King added 10.
Mac Norman led Lee (0-8 region) with six points.
Valdosta and Lowndes tip-off Friday at Valdosta High following the girls' game around 8:30 p.m.
Valdosta girls 62, Lee girls 39
Lady Wildcats' guard Elis King scored a season-high 29 points Tuesday as Valdosta rolled to its fourth region win.
King, who scored 17 in the second half, helped the Lady Wildcats blow open what was a close first half.
Valdosta battles Lowndes Friday at 6 p.m. in a late-season battle for third place in the region.
"I always tell my girls it's not how you start, it's how you finish," Lady Wildcats' head coach Deidre Williams said.
After taking an early 7-2 lead at the 4:27 mark in the first quarter, Valdosta was outscored by Lee 14-2 over the next 3:13.
Lee took its largest lead of the game, 14-9, at the end of the run and still led 19-18 with 1:21 to play in the first half.
Valdosta outscored Lee 8-2 in the last minute of the half and led 26-22.
"I said a little bit of everything [at halftime]," Williams said. "I won't repeat a lot of it. The gist of it was we needed to play with more fire and intensity."
Ashley Gaitor drilled her second and third three of the game in the third quarter as Valdosta opened its lead up to 41-29 heading into the fourth period.
King scored 11 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter. Gaitor totaled 13 points for the Lady Wildcats (4-5 region).
Kayla Jones led Lee (0-8 region) with 10 points.