Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 16, 2013

Hard-luck Bobcat teams lose out in 4-A play to teams they had previously swept

Buena Vista — Had the old “It’s difficult to beat a team three times in a season” adage not held true, Dooly County High basketball teams would have gotten to play more than once in the Region 4-A tourney.

The Bobcats’ 63-60 semifinals loss Friday to a Hawkinsville team they had beaten by scores of 61-49 and 73-58 during the regular season kept them from qualifying for Saturday’s title game against Brookstone.

The 44-43 defeat dealt coach David Barron’s Lady Bobcats in Wednesday’s opening round by a Pacelli team they had decisioned 64-40 and 69-34 in the regular season officially ended their campaign.

Despite not reaching the region finals, coach Towandi King’s Bobcats will learn Wednesday if they made the 16-team field for the GHSA Class A public school state tournament. They previously held a No. 5 power ranking and don’t figure to drop much lower.

Red Devils 63, Bobcats 60

The only team to achieve a regular season sweep of a Red Devils team led by former Crisp County Middle School boys coach Stacy Stephens, Dooly seldom held a lead in the third collision between the two foes.

Hawkinsville, which did a good job of slowing the fast pace preferred by Dooly, led 10-9 after a quarter and 26-23 intermission before using a 20-8 advantage in the third period that closed at 46-31 in its favor as the springboard to victory.

“Our boys love to run up and down the floor, but tonight they looked a little lead-footed as they let Hawkinsville set the game pace,” said Dooly scorekeeper Sharal Young whose son is the Bobcats’ head coach.

“The Red Devils shot well, too, especially No. 11 (Ditalion Williams, who finished with 23 points) and No. 23 (Thaddeus Ates, who wound up with 19).” Reginald McDonald’s 24 points gave Hawkinsvile a third double-digit scorer.

With Trevoski Lundy tossing in all 12 of his points in the final quarter, Dooly came close to overtaking its opponent but eventually fell to 15-7 on the season record wise. A.J. Smith and LaParris Hall were the top Bobcat scorers with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

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