Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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December 1, 2012

Cougar cagers divide twin bill with Worth

Sylvester — Crisp and Worth counties broke even in a Friday night basketball doubleheader that ended with the visiting Cougars absorbing their first loss in two starts and the Lady Cougars staying unbeaten.

Coming off a season-opening win three nights earlier over Albany, coach Terry Smith’s Cougars dropped a 54-47 decision to the Rams. Coach Barrett Wilkes’ Lady Cougars improved to 2-0 with a 57-21 rout of the Lady Rams. The Baby Cougars also won by any unreported score.

Both Crisp varsity teams will return to action on Tuesday when they open a three-game home stand for the coming week against fellow Region 1-AAAA member Dougherty High.

Rams 54, Cougars 47

Turnovers in the last three minutes of play proved to be the ultimate backbreaker for the Cougars who after facing deficts of 15-11, 28-24 and 38-37 at the quarter breaks came unglued down the stretch.

“At one point there at the end, we lost the ball on three straight possessions and it cost us,” said Smith. “Other than the last half of the final quarter, though, I thought we played well for the most part.

“Defensively, we stuck with man-for-man all night and did pretty good with it. Offensively, we had wide open shots but just didn’t make enough of them to come out on top. On the boards, we showed improvement over our opener as the result of boxing out better.”

Javoris Cooks and Shaquille West emerged as Crisp’s top pointmakers with 18 and 12 points, respectively. Nick Burley paced the Rams with 16.

Score by Quarters

Crisp County 11-13-13-10 — 47

Worth County 15-13-10-16 — 54

Scoring

 Crisp County (54) — Javoris Cooks 18, Shaquille West 12, Prime Hamilton 6, Davion Harvey 5, Kerrion Harris 2, Montre’ Hartage 2, A.J. Mobley 2. Taylor Walls, Rashad Buckholts, Eddie Morgan.

  Team totals: field goals 18; free throws 7 of 13 (53.8%); fouls 13; 3-pointers — Cooks 3, Harvey 1; fouled out — none.

   Worth County (54) — Nick Burley 16, others unavailable.

   Team totals: Unavailable.

Lady Cougars 57, Lady Rams 21

Beaten on the boards in the early going by an improved Worth County team, Crisp was able to take only a 5-point, 12-7 advantage after eight minutes of play.

From that point on, though, it was pretty much all Lady Cougars as they won the second stanza 20-1, took the third canto 11-8 and held a 14-5 edge in the final eight minutes of play.

“Other than our early rebounding problems, I thought we played pretty well,” Wilkes said. “On the occasions we tried to run, we executed very well and got easy baskets. We did have 15 turnovers for the night, though, and we need to cut down on those.

“Defensively, our execution was there as we played man-for-man for the first time in a couple of years and did a good job.”

Nasheema Oliver led the winners’ balanced scoring attack and board work with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Deletria Colson and Kaya Green finished with 10 points each. The latter also had 10 caroms. Score by Quarters

Crisp County 12-20-11-14 — 57

Worth County 7-1-8-5 — 21

Scoring

   Crisp County (57) — Nisha Waters 8, Deletria Colson 10, Kayla Green 10, Nasheema Oliver 16, Alexis Felton 9, Niqueria Jones 2,    Miah Burks 2.

   Team totals: field goals 20; free throws 12 of 27 (44.4%); fouls 13; 3-pointers — Colson 2, Green 2, Felton 1; fouled out — none.

   Worth County (21) — Tykeria Tensley 9, Kristania Milton 4, Andrea Davis 4, Quanderia Bentley 2, Sierra Ausby 2, Quandrea Sparrow.

   Team totals: field goals 8; free throws 2 of 14 (14.3%); fouls 18; 3-pointers — Tensely 3; fouled out — Bentley.

 

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