By HARVEY SIMPSON
Dispatch Sports Editor
Crisp County High’s ninth grade basketball team registered a title “three-peat” Wednesday, capturing its third straight conference championship.
After finishing regular season play with an 8-2 record, the freshmen of coach Lemetrice Ray drew a first-round tournament before beating Coffee County 61-54 in the semifinals and downing Tift County 38-29 in the finals.
In the win over Coffee, Crisp got 16 points from Condell Woodson, 13 from Jarvis Lawrence and 12 from J.D. Simmons.
D.J. Tolbert and Woodson were the scoring leaders in the championship clash with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
“I’m extremely proud of our kids as they’ve really worked hard,” a jubilant Ray said after the finals.
“The past two years, we won the title primarily because we had so much talent.
This year, it took not only our athletic ability but also a lot of time and effort to prove we were the best.
“We came out in the finals with the mentality of winning it all and in doing so put four full quarters together especially on defense where we had our best game of the season.
“I personally want to thank God first and then coach (Terry) Smith and coach (Jeff) Wilson who joined me in putting this team together and helping it be as successful as it was.”