Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 5, 2013

Bobcat cagers come up short in region play vs. Greenville

Greenville — Put 60 points on the scoreboard as a team and you’re not going to have to worry about an individual on the opposing team singlehandedly topping that production, right?

Wrong, as Dooly County High’s Lady Bobcats discovered Friday night when Greenville High’s Liyanna Johnson put on a virtual shooting clinic while turning in a stunning 59-point effort that keyed her squad’s 86-60 win.

The homestanding Patriots also emerged victorious in the Region 4-A twin bill, using a much more balanced  scoring attack while edging the Bobcats 61-59.

With those setbacks that came in their league openers, the Dooly teams dropped to 2-4 (girls) and 1-5 heading into their home court clashes last night vs. Class AAA Crisp County. They’ll be at Schley County on Tuesday at 6.

Lady Pats 86, Lady ’Cats 60

With Johnson personally accounting for every point her team scored in the first eight minutes of play, Greenville took a 21-16 lead it would never relinquish thanks to her uncanny accuracy.

She got half of the Lady Patriots’ 20 points in the second period that closed at 41-28 and then after netting just eight points in the third period that closed at 57-47 in the home team’s favor sank 20 of Greenville’s 29 points in the final frame.

“That girl (Johnson) was just amazing,” Dooly scorekeeper Sharal Young said in reflecting upon the performance by Johnson who on her big night nailed 14 deuces and seven treys and sank 10 of 13 free throw attempts.

“One reason she scored so much, though, was the fact we left her unguarded for much of the night as our girls showed very little enthusiasm about the game. Maybe it was because we were tired by the long trip.”

While Johnson was the lone Lady Patriot to reach double digits in scoring, Dooly had three performers do so as Tridedria Burke bagged 26, Shy’Lexia Hall hit 16 and Quanesha Tookes tossed in 14.

Score by Quarters

Dooly County 16-12-19-13 — 60

Greenville High 21-20-16-29 — 86


   Dooly (60) — Quadesha Tookes 4, Quanesha Tookes 14, Tridedria Burke 26, Shy’Lexia Hall 16, Maya Ellison, Gereka Sanders, Jessica Hightower.

   Team totals: field goals 26; free throws 8 of 12 (66.7%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — Burke 1, Quanesha Tookes 1; fouled out — Quanesha Tookes, Quadesha Tookes.

Greenville (86) —  Lyric Hall 4, Mykeesha Tenny 8, Tiera Ford 3, Jacinta Ellison 2, Deneshia Prather 2, Tilyana Johnson 2, Kelsey Slaton 6, Kiyanna Johnson 59.

Team totals: field goals 32; free throws 12 of 15 (80%); fouls 14; 3-pointers — Ford 1, Johnson 7; fouled out — none.

Patriots 61, Bobcats 59

In posting a final points total identical to that recorded by Johnson in the feminine fray, the Dooly team was unable to come out on top in the masculine match that proved to be close from start to finish.

Greenville led by three (11-8) after a quarter, by four (25-21) at halftime and by six (49-43) heading into the final turn where the Bobcats’ 16-12 advantage wasn’t quite good enough to catch the Patriots.

“Just like the girls, our guys just seemed to go through the motions in this one,” Young said in reporting results of the doubleheader. “We were sluggish for most of the night, missing numerous shots right under the baskets and making all kind of mistakes.

LaParris Hall, 18, A.J. Smith, 17, and Jamari Baker and Ray Adams, 10 each, all reached double digits for Dooly. Mikhail Snelling, 17, and Jamil McKee and Franchez Marshall, 10 each, did likewise for Greenville.

Score by Quarters

Dooly County 8-13-22-16 — 59

Greenville High 11-14-24-12 — 61


   Dooly (59) — LaParris Hall, 18, Jamari Baker 10, Kerreon Merrell 2, Ray Adams 10, Devaughn Mathis 2, A.J. Smith 17, Trevoski Lundy, Tracey Linkhorn, Demarcus Lloyd, Mark Clark, Mickey Granville, Rashad Hawkins.

   Team totals: field goals 24; free throws 8 of 11 (72.7%); fouls 18; 3-pointers — Smith 2, Baker 1; fouled out — Baker.

   Greenville (61) — Mikhail Snelling 17, Jamil McKee 10, Dantavious Prather 6, TaMarcus Johnson 2, Jamal McKee 2, Kevin Acey 7, Franchez Marshall 10, Jermon Middlebrooks 7, Xavier McGee 1.

   Team totals: field goals 23; free throws 10 of 19 (52.6%); fouls 11; 3-pointers — Snelling 1, Marshall 1, Middlebrooks 1; fouled out — none.


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