Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 9, 2013

Wildcat cage teams romp to victory over Randolph Southern

Cordele — It may have been nighttime when they took the floor, but both Crisp Academy basketball teams wound up having field days in their Region 3-A openers Tuesday against Randolph Southern.

In romping to their 86-35 win, coach Gina Mitchell’s Lady Wildcats put up their highest points total and biggest margin of victory since an 86-26 rout also of Randolph Southern in the opening round of the 2010-11 region tournament.

In cruising to their 64-49 triumph, coach Jodie Hays’ Wildcats surpassed by a dozen points their single-game season high first recorded in a 52-28 spanking of Terrell Academy.

Both Crisp teams will be back in action tonight at Westfield of Perry and again on Friday at Highland of Valdosta. Tip-off times both evenings is 6:30.

Lady ’Cats 86, Lady Pats 35

Determined to quickly decide the outcome and get as much playing time as possible for everybody, the Lady Wildcats easily did just that on their way to a sixth straight triumph.

By the first period’s lead, they owned a 20-7 lead that would only grow as the clash continued. By halftime, the bulge had grown to 30 at 44-14. Entering the final turn, it was  71-27. From there, Crisp simply coasted.

“Everybody did a good job and just about everybody broke into the scoring column which is always good,” Mitchell said. “We did give up quite a few points, but I still thought we played good defense despite pressing only seldomly. We also had our transition game going at times.”

Madi Mitchell’s 23 points topped a list of three double-digit scorers for the winners. Others on it were Parker Krause, 11, and Sydney Folsom, 10. Nine other Lady Wildcats scored . Elaina McCook paced the Lady Patriots with 11.

Score by Quarters

Randolph Southern 7-7-13-8 — 35

Crisp Academy 20-24-27-15 — 86


   Randolph Southern (35) — Megan Bonner 2, Gabi Jackson 8, Parker Rigsby 9, Elaina McCook 11, Madison Lamb 1, Josey Brown 4.

   Team totals: field goals 10; free throws 15 of 23 (65.2%); fouls 25; 3-pointers — none; fouled out — Lamb, Jackson.

   Crisp Academy (86) — Sydney Folsom 10, Parker Krause 11, Madison Odom 2, Kayla Childers 9, Kara White 3, Maddie Krause 6, Kendall Wilson 8, Jay Jay Yawn 8, Bree Carpenter 2, Madi Mitchell 23, Morgan Wells 4, Emily Faircloth.

   Team totals: field goals 33; free throws 19 of 29 (65.5%); fouls 18; 3-pointers — Childers 1; fouled out — none.

Wildcats 64, Patriots 49

Unlike the girls who seized control of their game from the start, the Crisp boys had to overcome a sluggish start before they could dispose of a still winless Patriots’ squad.

Down 16-8 after the first eight minutes of play, the Wildcats used Banks Folsom’s 10-point second period outburst to spark a 22-point production that represented their best quarter of the season to date. At the same time, they held their guests to just three points and thus went up 30-19.

Crisp also won the third quarter 13-9 to move out front by 15 at 43-28 and then matched the Patriots point for point — 21-21 — while recording their second-best offensive period of the campaign.

“It took us a while to get going as the intensity and mental toughness just weren’t there on our part probably because our guys knew Randolph has yet to win a game this season,” Hays said.

“It took some substitutions and verbal persuasion to light a fire under our kids who finally picked up the intensity level when they realized Randolph just wasn’t going to give us the game.

“With our size advantage, we knew we could pound the ball on them inside which is where we wound up getting most of our points.”

Post players Jordan Howard and Hunter Chambers canned 18 and 10 points, respectively. Shooting guard Banks Folsom racked up his season-high of 17. Rhett Ragan netted 16 and Jared Sauls sank 13 in defeat.

Score by Quarters

Randolph Southern 16-3-9-21 — 49

Crisp Academy 8-22-13-21 — 64


   Randolph Southern (49) — Blake Lamb 6, Logan Eubanks 2, Brett Sauls 2, Marquan Jones 4, Jared Sauls 13, Rhett Ragan 16, Robert Crittenden 6.

   Team totals: field goals 16; free throws 13 of 19 (68.4%); fouls 34; 3-pointers — J. Sauls 3, Crittenden 1; fouled out — J. Sauls.

   Crisp Academy (64) — Hunter Chambers 10, Jake Smith 8, Jordan Howard 18, Cullen Brooks 2, Banks Folsom 17, Jeff McKinney 3, Chip Posey 4, Chris McGee 2, Drew Flanders.

   Team totals: field goals 24; free throws 14 of 32 (44%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — Smith 1, Chambers 1; fouled out — Smith.

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