Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 2, 2013

Bobcats' win streak ends at 11; Lady Bobcats fall, too

Vienna — The last team to beat Dooly County’s Bobcats before they went on the longest boys winning streak in at least 15 years ended that victory skein at 11 games in the finale of a foul-marred Friday night twin bill.

In doing so by a 79-74 score, Greenville’s Patriots kept coach Towandi King’s homestanding squad from avenging a previous 61-59 loss to them and moving into a first place tie with them in the Region 4-A standings where Dooly now reads 9-2 and Greenville checks in at 12-1.

Still another thing that outcome did was eliminate the possibility of the Bobcats tying or surpassing the 13-game winning streak the 2000-01 Dooly girls team posted from games 9-21.

Greenville also recorded a regular season sweep of coach David Barron’s Lady Bobcats, following up on an earlier 86-60 triumph with an 89-50 decision that left the home team at 4-7 in league play.

Both Dooly teams thus took overall records of 13-4 (boys) and 5-12 into  non-region action last night in Rochelle against Wilcox High’s 17-3 Patriots and 3-14 Lady Patriots.

The Bobcat cagers will close out regular season play with three region games this coming week, traveling  to Marion County (Buena Vista) on Tuesday and to Pacelli of Columbus on Friday before hosting Central Talbotton on Saturday.

Patriots 79, Bobcats 74

Not only did Greenville put an end to Dooly’s winning ways, but it also surpassed by two points the previous high the Bobcats had yielded to an opponent this season. It did so with its racehorse brand of basketball.

Pushing the ball down the floor every chance they got and using an effective trapping defense that forced numerous Dooly turnovers, the Patriots sped their way to quarter advantages of 19-14, 38-29 and 53-47.

Jamil McKee, whose 16 points topped a balanced Greenville attack, hit two crucial 3’s in the fourth to help preserve his team’s lead and offset the late 10-point effort Bobcat A.J. Smith had on his way to a 27-point night.

“All the fouls called (22 on Dooly and 26 on Greenville) didn’t slow the pace of the game but the free throw line (where the Bobcats were 24 of 38 and the Patriots 12 of 24) did prove big,” Dooly scorekeeper Sharal Young said.

LaParris Hall hit 18 points to join Smith in double digits for the losers while the winners’ Jamil McKee got twin column scoring assistance from his twin Jamal with 12 and Quan Tenney and Jontee Parham with 14 each.

Score by Quarters

Greenville High 19-19-15-26 — 79

Dooly County 14-15-18-27 — 74

Scoring

Greenville (79) — Lationta Staton 3, Quan Tenn 14, Jontee Parham 14, Mikhail Snelling 4, Jamil McKee 16, Dontavious Prather 2, Courtland Benning 2, TaMarcus Jackson 8, Jamal McKee 12, Franchez Marshall 2, Josh Walls 2.

Team totals: field goals 30; free throws 12 of 24 (50%); fouls 26; 3-pointers — Jamil McKee 4, Snelling 1, Parham 1, Tenney 1; fouled out — Staton.

Dooly County (74) — Trevoski Lundy 8, LaParris Hall 18, Jamari Baker 7, Kerreon Merrell 2, Devoin Mathis 12, A.J. Smith 27, Antonious Clayton, Mark Lloyd, Ray Adams, Tracey Linkhorn.

Team totals: field goals 23; free throws 24 of 38 (63.2%); fouls 22; 3-pointers — Smith 3, Lundy 1; fouled out — none.

Lady Pats 89, Lady Bobcats 50

Torched for 59 points by Kiyanna Johnson the first time they went up against Greenville, the Lady Bobcats didn’t get burned by her quite as badly in the re-match as she got “only” a whopping 36 points.

However, MyKeesha Tenney’s 22-point production and Keasha Dozier’s 12-point effort more than made up for any slack Johnson might have had as Greenville went on to score the most points Dooly has allowed to date.

“We couldn’t slow them down,” Young said in reflecting upon a game that saw the Lady Patriots sprint to rest break edges of 19-14, 41-24 and 61-36 before winning the last quarter 28-14 to make it a blowout.

“They just had too much firepower for us as while they landed three players in double figures Tridedra (Burke, who sacked 27 points) was really our lone offensive threat after Quanesha (Tookes) suffered a knee injury in the early going and played very briefly all night.”

Score by Quarters

Greenville High 19-22-20-28 — 89

Dooly County 14-10-12-14 — 50

Scoring

Greenville (89) — Lyric Hall 6, Jalin Pollard 3, Mercedes Clark 3, MyKeesha Tenney 22, Jacinta Ellison 2, Divinity Kidd 2, Kiyanna Johnson 36, Keasha Dozier 12, Tilyanna Johnson 3, Kelsey Staton.

Team totals: field goals 25; free throws 35 of 48 (72.9%); fouls 20; 3-pointers — K. Johnson 2, Clark 1, Hall 1; fouled out — Staton.

Dooly County (50) — Tridedra Burke 27, Quadesha Tookes 2, Jessica Hightower 9, Gereka Sanders 1, C’Nia Felder 5, Shy’Lexia Hall 6, Deja Williams, Maya Ellison, Alexis Lester, Shanequalin Johnson, KeeKee Granville, Quanesha Tookes.

Team totals: field goals 20; free throws 9 of 22 (40.9%); fouls 29; 3-pointers — Burke 1; fouled out — Quadesha Tookes, Sanders.

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