Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

December 15, 2012

Lady Wildcats win streak ends at 9; Wildcats fall, too

Harvey Simpson
Cordele Dispatch

Macon — Crisp Academy’s girls missed out on a late chance to extend their victory streak to 10, but its boys never managed to make a game of it in Friday night competition against Tattnall Square.

After coach Gina Mitchell’s Lady Wildcats fell victim 43-38 to a Lady Trojans’ team they had beaten 48-36 in home, coach Jodie Hays’ Wildcats got bombed 68-32 in their one and only meeting against the Trojans.

Crisp’s now 10-2 girls and 2-3 boys will be back in action at home on Tuesday against Westwood.

Lady Trojans 43, Lady ’Cats 38

Down by two points and in possession of the basketball in the waning moments of play, the Lady Wildcats committed a turnover that Tattnall converted into a basket and a four-point lead. A late free throw accounted for the final five-point spread.

“It pretty much came down to one possession that we blew there at the end when we didn’t do a very good job of protecting the basketball,” Mitchell said. “We also missed way too many free throws (Crisp was 14 of 23 from the line.”

The contest pitting the Class AAA hosts against the Class A visitors was a close one all the way. The teams battled to a 12-12 first period draw before Tattnall went up by five, 23-18, at halftime only to see Crisp draw within two, 28-26, heading into the final turn won by the Lady Trojans 15-12.

“We handled the ball well and held our own on the boards, but couldn’t quite pull out a victory over a very good opponent,” Mitchell said. “One reason why we play good teams like them, though, is so that we can learn from our mistakes which we’ll hopefully do after this one.”

Madi Mitchell kept the Lady Wildcats in contention throughout, pumping in a contest-high 28 points that also represented her top single-game production for the season. Florida State signee Ivey Slaughter topped the winners’ attack with 19.

Score by Quarters

Crisp Academy 12-6-8-12 — 38

Tattnall Square 12-11-5-15 — 43

Scoring

   Crisp (38) — Kayla Childers 5, Kara White 2, Jay Jay Yawn 3, Madi Mitchell 28, Kendall Wilson, Morgan Wells.

   Team totals: field goals 12; free throws 14 of 23 (60.9%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — none; fouled out — none.

   Tattnall (43) — Anna Dooley 6, Ivey Slaughter 19, Blair Smith 5, Maddie Cook 2, Kendall Hardy 8, Elizabeth Wainwright 1, Jordan Allen 2.

   Team totals: field goals 12; free throws 17 of 25 (68%); fouls 17; 3-pointers — Dooley 2; fouled out — Slaughter.

Trojans 68, Wildcats 36

While the Lady Wildcats had the experience and firepower to stay with a foe from the GISA’s highest classification, the Wildcats clearly didn’t.

Especially damaging to Crisp was Tattnall’s pressure full-court trapping man-for-man defense that on the night forced Crisp into a turnover total just shy of three dozen.

“They were guard heavy and really pressured us into throwing the ball away numerous times,” Hays said. “As a result, our inexperienced guards never got comfortable which made it difficult for us to set up our half-court offense.

“Basically, they just took us out of our game with their in-your-face tactics. They also shot better and rebounded better than we did while beating us in every aspect of play.

Jordan Howard was the lone Wildcat to make his way into double digits and he barely did so with 11 points. Greyson Brown, 14, and Will Trevitt, 12, topped a list of 11 players scoring for the victors.

Score by Quarters

Crisp Academy 2-15-11-8 — 36

Tattnall Square 16-18-19-15 — 68

Scoring

   Crisp  (36) — Drew Flanders 2, Hunter Chambers 1, Will Krause 4, Jake Smith 5, Jordan Howard 11, Banks Folsom 8, Chip Posey 5, Cullen Brooks, Jeff McKinney, Lindsey Youngblood, Chris McGee.

   Team totals: field goals 13; free throws 9 of 27 (33.3%); fouls 10; 3-pointers — Howard 1; fouled out — none.

   Tattnall (68) — Orlando Mack 8, Peyton Garrison 1, Parker Williams 2, Zack Houston 7, Tevyn Rogers 9, Will Trevitt 12, Hunter Stringer 3, Greyson Brown 14, Aubrien Kemp 4, Austin Long 5, Ian Herndon 3.

   Team totals: field goals 26; free throws 8 of 11 (72.7%); fouls 23; 3-pointers — Mack 2, Houston 1, Rogers 3, Stringer 1, Herndon 1; fouled out — Wiliams.