Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 12, 2013

Clinch cagers take pair from Wilcox

Homerville — Hit just half of the 14 free throws they missed, and Wilcox High’s Patriots would have won their Friday night game vs. Clinch County by three points instead of losing it by that margin, 77-74.

Make every one of their 13 errant shots from the charity stripe, and the Lady Patriots would have been able to only trim their loss from more than 40 points to an even 30. That final score was 66-23, Clinch.

The pair of setbacks altered the record of the Wilcox boys team to 10-3 overall, 4-1 in Region 2-A play and left the Wilcox girls with a report card of 2-8, 0-5 heading into games last night at Telfair.

Its participation in Monday’s M.L. King Classic canceled due to a scheduling conflict for host Tift County, the Patriots and Lady Patriots won’t play again until welcoming Echols County on Friday.

Indians 77, Patriots 74

Suffering a hardwood loss to Clinch for the first time in only the fifth meeting they’ve had during the last 15 years, the Patriots were their own worst enemy for much of the night.

In addition to going just 17 of 31 from the charity stripe, they were guilty of committing too many unforced errors and of having a costly defensive lapse during the Panthers’ 28-point second-period eruption.

Those problems coupled with the absence of Jonathan Howard, who had to sit out a second straight contest due to his ejection six days earlier from a game vs. Turner, proved to be too much to overcome.

“First of all, we turned the ball over too many times,” coach George Kennedy said. “And then with ‘Bug’ (Howard) having to sit out, it really hurt the depth we needed in a high-scoring game like this. Still, we had our chances to pull out a victory, but  didn’t take advantage of them.”

Wilcox, which saw its 16-12 first period lead turn into arrears of 40-33 at halftime and 50-48 entering the final turn, got double-digit scoring efforts from Makail Grace, 21, Calvin Rawls, 17, Quinn Tisdol, 11, and Antwan Benjamin, 10.

The victorious Panthers also landed four men in double figures. Javavico Lacey led the way with 20. Then came James Core with 18, James Holmes with 16 and D’Andre Mingo with 12.

Score by Quarters

Wilcox County 16-17-15-19 -7 — 74

Clinch County 12-28-10-17-10 — 77


   Wilcox County (74) — Quinn Tisdol 11, Larry Munford 6, Makail Grace 21, Anthony Sailor 3, Calvin Rawls 17, Antwan Benjamin 10, A.J. Benjamin 4, Johnny Dwight 2, Jay Brown.

   Team totals: field goals 25; free throws 17 of 31 (54.8%); fouls 25; 3-pointers — Tisdol 3, Munford 1, Grace 2, Rawls 1; fouled out — Dwight, Grace, Tisdol.

   Clinch County (77) — James Holmes 16, Brian Kelsaw 2, Octavis Johnson 9, Javavico Lacey 20, James Core 18, D’Andre Mingo 12.

   Team totals: field goals 25; free throws 20 of 28 (71.4%); fouls 18; 3-pointers — Johnson 1, Core 4, Mingo 2; fouled out — Mingo.

Lady Panthers 66, Lady Pats 23

In authoring a script the Patriots would unwillingly later follow in their game, the Lady Patriots helped beat themselves big time.

“Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” were the first words that came out of the mouth of coach Santita Coon after she had watched her team suffer a fourth straight setback.

“They (the Lady Panthers) started the game out pressing (while building a 29-2 first period bulge) and from that point on nothing went right for us. They just pretty much beat us in an all phases as we didn’t do anything well at all.”

Clinch, which would hike its advantage to 42-6 at halftime and 56-16 heading into the final turn where its reserves had a 10-8 edge, placed no less than 13 players into the scoring column. Naquanda Tolbert, 13, and Secret Etheridge, 10, were the top pointmakers.

Wilcox did field the game’s high scorer in Erica Jackson who was responsible for 14 or all but nine of her team’s points.

Score by Quarters

Wilcox County 2-4-9-8 — 23

Clinch County 29-13-14-10 — 66


   Wilcox County (23) — Shawnjira Grace, Dasjia Daniels 3, Tyonna Wright, Kadada Martin 2, Shantia Lawson, Erica Jackson 14, TaKayla Mahoganey, Miracle Jones 2.

   Team totals: field goals 9; free throws 1 of 13 (7.7%); fouls 10; 3-pointers — Jackson 4; fouled out — none.

   Clinch County (66) — Shalonda Bryant 1, Odicie Butler 5, Naquanda Tolbert 13, Yashen Franklin 4, Jessica Bryant 5, Tiara Pope 3, Secret Etheridge 10, Hannah Peeples 2, Karisma Morris 3, Ashley Andrews 8, Charisa Moore 5, Adaronna Ford 5, LaPadamine Ford 2.

   Team totals: field goals 28; free throws 3 of 10 (30%); fouls 16; 3-pointers — Pope 1, Andrews 2, Moore 1, A. Ford 1; fouled out — none.


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