Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 19, 2013

Cougars take pair from Worth County

Cordele — His individual numbers weren’t eye-popping, but Landon Whitman’s play off the bench gave Crisp County High’s Cougars the spark they needed Friday to avenge a previous 54-47 loss to Worth County’s Rams.

“Landon was the energizer for us tonight,” Cougars’ head coach Terry Smith said after watching his host team edge the guests, 56-50, and in the process better their record to 6-11 overall, 5-4 in the Region 1-AAAA ranks.

“He didn’t score a lot, but the points (4) he did get came at key times plus with the football mentality he brings to the basketball court he did a good job both on the boards and on defense and that’s what really got us going.”

Crisp’s Lady Cougars also got in on the winning action, offsetting a lackluster first half showing with a solid post-intermission performance on their way to a 47-21 win over a Lady Rams’ team they earlier beat 57-21.

Both squads have a pair of outings on tap this coming week, traveling to Dougherty High on Tuesday at 6 and visiting Monroe High at the same time on Saturday.

Cougars 56, Rams 50

After a see-saw first quarter that featured six lead exchanges in the first four minutes of play, Crisp looked as if it might seize control of things when it went up by nine at 21-12 three minutes before halftime.

By intermission, though, Worth had pulled to within six at 23-17 and then with 3:05 gone in the third period forged ahead 28-27.

The lead see-sawed back and forth for the remainder of the canto before the Cougars went ahead for good at 37-36 on a basket by Javoris Cooks.

Shaquille West’s second “Alley Oop” dunk  of the night on assists from Cooks gave Crisp a 10-point lead at 51-41 1:13 from the finish and that proved to be enough of an edge for it to hold on and end a two-game skid.

“The biggest thing that got us this win was our full-court diamond press as we generated a lot of our offense off steals we got from it,” Smith said.

“We started out in it and pretty much stuck with it. Then when they did cross mid-court we went to a 1-2-2 zone unlike down there when in losing to them by seven we played a lot of man-for-man.”

Cooks and Davion Harvey led the winners’ scoring with 11 points each. Now 8-9 overall, Worth had the game’s two top marksmen in Dante Cooper with 15 and Timothy Gaint with 13.

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