Lady Panthers earn first region win; other results

Overall has been a struggle, but at least Perry’s girls are where they need to be. That is, in the fourth spot of the Region 2-AAAA standings.

The Lady Panthers managed that with a 46-24 win at home over Howard Tuesday. That put them at 1-2 in the division – 4-6 overall – whereas the Lady Huskies fell to 0-3, 4-9. They, Howard, is also tied with Mary Persons (3-13 overall) for that mark.

The work ahead of Perry runs through Spalding and Upson-Lee. Both are 3-0 (and 12-4). The girls have lost once to Upson-Lee, but will get a second crack at them at home Jan. 21.

They are scheduled to play Spalding Jan. 14 and 31.

Perry’s boys lost the nightcap 64-58. They fell to 1-2, 3-7. Howard improved to 1-2, 10-4.

Elsewhere, Veterans and Harris County’s girls went to the wire Tuesday. The Lady Warhawks won 40-38. A 10-5 fourth in their favor against the home team helped. They trailed 11-9 after one but led 24-20 at the half (thanks to a 15-9 advantage in the second).

The Lady Tigers turned the tables in the third. They outscored Veterans 13-6 to head into the final frame up 33-30.

Tamia Luckey had nearly half of the Lady Warhawks’ points. She finished with 18. Stacie Jones, who normally finishes in double digits, was held to 5. However, she made her presence known on the boards, finishing with 15 – 11 on defense and 4 on offense.

With the Region 1-AAAAA win, Veterans improved to 2-0 in that regard. It also moved its overall record to 14-2. Harris County dropped to 1-1, 7-6.

The Warhawks also won, by 20, 67-47. The second half was mostly theirs. They entered it down 28-25 – leading 15-13 after one but being outscored 15-10 in the second – but doubled their points over the host in the third – 16-8 – and then ran away with it via a 26-11 advantage in the fourth.

Veterans also improved to 2-0 in the region, 15-1 overall. Harris County fell to 1-1, 7-7.

At Houston County, it was the Lady Bears narrowly clipping the Lady Eagles 44-43. Houston County led 12-7 after one and 22-18 at the break. Both scored 12 in the third with Northside hitting 13 in the fourth to the Lady Bears’ 10.

Skylar Bailey and T.J. Lawrence each finished in double digits for Houston County. The first had 10, the second 11.

The Lady Bears also improved to 3-0 in Region 1-AAAAAA. They are the only team with a winning record in the division at this point. Three are at 0-1, including Northside, with Valdosta not having played any division opponents yet. Houston County also improved its overall record to 13-3. Northside dropped to 9-4.

Northside won for the boys, 58-50. It improved to 1-0, 10-4. Houston County dropped to 0-3, 6-8.