Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 2, 2013

Cougar cagers topple Cairo

Cairo — When it comes to gridiron encounters, Cairo High has virtually owned Crisp County over the years as its 26-4 series edge dating back to the 1957-58 season indicates.

On the hardwood, though, Crisp continued Friday night to do a much better job of at least holding its own against its Grady County opponents when it swept them by scores of 58-47 (boys) and 46-42.

For the Cougars, the win was their sixth straight over the Syrupmakers dating back to their 2010-11 Region 1-AAA semifinal meeting and their 16th in the 37 clashes they’ve had over the last 15 years.

For the Lady Cougars, the triumph over the Syrupmaids was their ninth in succession since the 2009-10 campaign and their 20th overall in the 35 collisions they’ve had since the 1999-2000 season.

Friday’s sweep left the Crisp boys with a record of 8-13 overall, 7-6 in Region 1-AAAA competition and the girls with a report card of 12-7, 9-4 to take into non-region action Tuesday at Tift County.

Cougars 58, Syrupmakers 47

In snapping a brief two-game skid they carried into the game, the Cougars parlayed a mixture of defenses with a good night in transition into a victory in a game that saw it win the scoring battle in the last three quarters.

Down 14-13 after one period, the visitors forged ahead 33-31 at halftime and 43-35 heading into the final turn where they outscored their hosts 15-12.

“We pretty much pressed them all night and then once they got past mid-court we switched back and forth between zone and man to try and confuse them and that strategy worked,” Crisp coach Terry Smith said.

“We also ran the fast break well, shot well and hit the boards hard as our post people as a unit had one of their best games of the season to date.”

Javoris Cooks and Taylor Walls ran 1-2 in the scoring department for the Cougars as the former canned 13 points and the latter sank 10. Cairo also had a pair of double-digit scorers in Andre Baker with 14 and Stacy Masten with 11.

Score by Quarters

Crisp County 13-20-10-15 — 58

Cairo High 14-17-4-12 — 47

Scoring

Crisp County (58) — Javoris Cooks 13, Taylor Walls 10, Shaquille West 8, Landon Whitman 8, Eddie Morgan 5, Primetime Hamilton 4, Rashad Buckholts 4, Davion Harvey 3, Condell Woodson 3, Kerrion Harris, Montre’ Hartage, C.J. McGriff. Clement Burnam, Montel Richard, Breon King.

Team totals: field goals 25; free throws 3 of 7 (42.9%); fouls 18; 3-pointers — Cooks 2, Walls 2, Woodson 1; fouled out — none.

Cairo High (47) — Andre Baker 14, Stacy Masten 11, Cole Bennett 9, James Bennett 3, Trey Sparrow 3. Tiakail Anderson 2, William Atkins 2, Michael Calloway 2, Khemian Smith 1.

Team totals: field goals 12; free throws 17 of 23 (73.9%); fouls 10; 3-pointers — Baker 4, Martin 1, Sparrow 1; fouled out — none.

Crisp 46, Cairo 42 (girls)

In registering their second straight win, the Lady Cougars waged a successful uphill battle in which they faced deficits of 10-7 and 22-17 at the first two rest stops. Twelve of Cairo’s points at that time had come on free throws as the result of early foul problems for Crisp.

By getting all nine of their third period points from the charity stripe, the Lady Cougars kept their deficit at five, 31-26, entering the backstretch where they recorded seven of their 15 field goals for the night.

Having been kept in the game earlier by Nisha Waters’ eight-point second period production that included three baskets off steals, Crisp finally took its first lead of the night at 44-42 with less than 60 seconds remaining and then held on for the hard-earned win.

“During the last quarter and a half, we just kept scratching and clawing while turning in one of the best man-for-man defensive performances we’ve had all year,” Lady Cougars coach Barrett Wilkes said.

Waters and Alexis Felton shared scoring honors for the winners with 11 points each. Right behind that pair was Dee Dee Williams who canned seven of her nine total points in the final period alone.

Cairo got 15 points from Arianna Pate, 13 from Alicia Hampton and 11 from Daneesha Edwards.

Score by Quarters

Crisp County 7-10-9-20 — 46

Cairo High 10-12-9-11 — 42

Scoring

Crisp County (46) — Nisha Waters 11, Dee Dee Williams 9, Deletria Colson 4, Kayla Green 8, Alexis Felton 11, Daja Chambliss, Niqueria Jones, Miah Burks 2, Jalexia Fenn 1.

Team totals: field goals 15; free throws 16 of 27 (59.3%); fouls 22; 3-pointers — none; fouled out — Green.

Cairo High (42) — Daneesha Edwards 11, Arianna Pate 15, Alicia Hampton 13, Hillary Green 2, Tiffany Washington 1.

Team totals: field goals 11; free throws 15 of 29 (51.7%); fouls 21; 3-pointers — Pate 3, Hampton 2; fouled out — none.

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