By HARVEY SIMPSON
Dispatch Sports Editor
HAWKINSVILLE — Like students easily passing an open book test to prepare for classroom finals, Dooly County’s basketball teams aced Hawkinsville Saturday to prepare for the huge exam they’ll get in their Friday night regular season finales.
The 65-36 victory recorded by the Lady Bobcats and the 79-60 triumph posted by the Bobcats left both teams in position to capture the top Region 2-A Division A seeds they’ll get if they can sweep Wilcox County on the road.
“Both of our teams know we can’t afford to have a letdown in this one if we we’re going to have any chance at all of earning the No. 1 seeds for the tournaments,” Dooly girls coach David Barron said before Saturday’s twin bill tip-off.
Dooly 65, Hawkinsville 36
Seizing control of things from the start, the Lady Bobcats (17-7, 10-1) ran, shot, rebounded and defended their way into quarter advantages of 16-9, 32-20 and 53-27 before settling for an ultimate 29-point victory.
Kenisha Kellogg pitched in 17 points and Tylicia Sanders connected for another 14 to top the list of seven players breaking into the scoring column for the winners.
Kamara Bembry bagged 10 points for the losers.
Score by Quarters
Dooly County 16-16-21-12 — 65
Hawkinsville 9-11-7-9 — 36
Dooly County (65) — Careisha Glover 8, Tridedria Burke 9, Miranda Burke 4, JacKeria Sanders 4, Tylicia Sanders 15, Carneisha Glover 8, Kenisha Kellogg 17, Caroline Smith, Akendolyn Westbrook, Raven Barron, Takeria Merrell, Taylor Miles, Shay Felder.
Team totals: field goals 26; free throws 10 of 19 (52.6%); fouls 21; 3-pointers — Kellogg 2, T. Sanders 1; fouled out — none.
Hawkinsville (36) — Jasmine Duhart 2, Tyra Williams 2, Sharinea Coley 4, Taquando Brewer 5, Kamara Bembry 10, NaShanta Hall 4, Ykeisha Baker 7, Brittany Palode 2.
Team totals: field goals 13; free throws 7 of 24 (29.2%); fouls 12; 3-pointers — Brown 1; fouled out — none.
Bobcats 79, Red Devils 60
Employing the same victory script the Lady Bobcats had used in recording their win, the Bobcats (14-10, 8-3) breezed to rest break advantages of 16-9, 37-23 and 54-41 on their way to an eventual 19-point decision.
“We came out and played hard to match the intensity they were showing on their senior night observation,” Dooly coach Towandi King said. “We used the press to stretch our lead and after that we were able to coast on in for the win.
“Individually, Castonio (Lucas) gave us a real good effort with his 12 points and 8-10 blocked shots and Cordeyrous (Worthy) had a good night offensively (with a team-high 17 points). We also got good effort from all of our seniors.”
Marquis Harris, 12, and Arsenio Watkins joined Lucas and Worthy in double digits for the winners. Alex Andrews sank a game-high 27 for the Red Devils.
Score by Quarters
Dooly County 16-21-17-25 — 79
Hawkinsville 9-14-18-19 — 60
Dooly County (79) — Castonio Lucas 12, Bentavious Miller 6, Jabioas Glenn 8, Arsenio Watkins 10, Cordeyrous Worthy 17, Marquis Harris 12, Andravious Smith 5, Alex McClendon 5, Darrius Lester 4, Bill Granville, Melvin Borden, Desi Wiggins, Kendall Hinton, Fabian Green, Altwavious Ford.
Team totals: field goals 35; free throws 6 of 19 (31.6%); fouls 11; 3-pointers — Glenn 1, Worthy 1, Smith 1; fouled out — none.
Hawkinsville (60) — Darien Brown 6, Alex Andrews 27, Tyler Porter 3, Jarvis Tinsley 6, Brandon Adams 8, Cameron Moses 6, Deion Colson 2, Travious Lawson 2.
Team totals: field goals 22; free throws 13 of 29 (44.8%); fouls 11; 3-pointers — Andrews 1, Tinsley 1, Moses 1; fouled out — none.
By HARVEY SIMPSON
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