Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 26, 2013

Patriots run their record to 15-3; Lady Patriots fall again

Folkston — They may not be winning quite as impressively as last year when in the first 18 games they twice scored in the 90s, but at 15-3 Wilcox High’s current Patriots own a record identical to the 2011-12 crew.

Win number 15 came here Friday night when coach George Kennedy’s squad came within 11 points of equaling their single game high for the season by disposing of Charlton County’s Indians, 77-60. They now stand 9-1 in Region 2-A play.

Things aren’t going nearly as well for the grossly inexperienced Lady Patriots, though, as in dropping a 64-21 decision to the Squaws they dipped to 3-12 overall, 1-9 in league competition.

Both Wilcox teams will be at home on Tuesday at 6 against Lanier County in a make-up of a twin bill initially scheduled to have been played on Dec. 27 but postponed due to the Patriots’ football playoffs participation.

Patriots 77, Indians 60

With Jonathan Howard “Bugging” the Indians for a season- and possibly a career-high 33 points, the Patriots were never seriously challenged by an opponent they had beaten at home 74-46 four days before Christmas.

“We played well,” said Kennedy whose team held quarter leads of 18-12, 39-23 and 60-44. “The only thing kind of disappointing was the third quarter when we gave up 21 points and let them pull within 10 while our reserves were in there.

“We’ve got to start getting more production from some of the guys who aren’t scoring much when they get into games. They need to go in with the attitude that if they’re going to get on the floor they have to produce.”

Starters Makail Grace and Calvin Rawls did join Howard in double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively for the winners. Daveron Reed racked up 20 and C.J. Mainor made 11 for the losers.

Score by Quarters

Wilcox County 18-21-21-17 — 77

Charlton County 12-11-21-16 — 60


   Wilcox County (77) — Quinn Tisdol 2, Larry Munford 3, Makail Grace 12, Calvin Rawls 10, Anthony Sailor, Michael Everson, Antwan Benjamin 4, A.J. Benjamin 7, Jonathan Howard 33, Johnny Dwight 6.

   Team totals: field goals 33; free throws 9 of 15 (60%); fouls 9; 3-pointers — Munford 1, A.J. Benjamin 1; fouled out — none.

   Charlton County (60) — Daveron Reed 20, Richard Dasher 3, C.J. Mainor 11, Curt Nixon 8, Tory Roberts 3, Robin Norman 7, Devin Jones 8.

   Team totals: field goals 23; free throws 6 of 10 (60%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — Reed 4, Dasher 1, Mainor 2, Nixon 1; fouled out — Roberts.

Squaws 64, Lady Patriots 21

In losing for the eighth time in the nine starts they have made in 2013, coach Santita Coon’s Lady Patriots were able to keep their game relatively close for only a quarter.

The 16-8 deficit they faced at that point grew to 33-11 at intermission and 58-15 at the three-quarter mark.

That 43-point difference remained when each team made just six points in the final period of play.

“Once more, we just couldn’t get going although we did start out fairly well,” Coon said. “With the good ballhandlers they had, we were unable to press them with any success.

“With their athleticism, they rebounded us by a big margin, forced us into a lot of turnovers that they capitalized on and did a good job in the way they substituted throughout the game.

“As I told the girls in the locker room, though, we’ve got to keep scratching, clawing and fighting instead of getting down when we fall behind.

“In seeking continued improvement, I encouraged them to keep giving 100 percent win or lose and to keep motivating one another as we prepare for the rest of the season.”

While Dasjia Daniels’ seven points were the most managed by a Lady Patriot, the Squaws got 29 from Ralesha Doyle and 14 from Natyanna Reed,

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