The Lady Panthers appear to be making their move at the right time. The girls have won three straight. All have been against Region 2-AAAA opponents.
The latest came Tuesday, a 61-44 win at home over Upson-Lee. Perry led 15-5 after one and 33-17 at the half. It edged the Lady Knights out in the third, 17-15, to head into the fourth up 50-32.
Prior to those, the Lady Panthers were 0-2 in the division. Now, at 3-2 (6-11 overall), they’re in third – of the six teams – with still a chance to do more damage. They face off against West Laurens, which is in third (4-1, 11-7), on Friday at the home of the Lady Raiders and then meet at Spalding, which is in first (4-0, 14-3), on Jan. 23.
Perry’s boys did not fare as well. Possibly – probably – because they were taking on a Knights team that is undefeated – now 19-0, 5-0 in the division. It beat the Panthers 78-42. The lead was 27-8 after one and 40-17 at the half. The visitor outscored the host 20-13 in the third to head into the final frame up 60-30.
Perry fell to 2-3 (11-6 overall) as a result. That still has it in fifth with a chance to dig its way into a playoff spot before season’s end.
Elsewhere, Veterans and Houston County played to a split in a non-region battle. The Lady Warhawks rallied to win 44-38, while the Bears beat the visiting Warhawks 61-45.
The Lady Bears – holding Veterans to single digits (8 and 5, respectively) – led 26-13 at the half. But, they were outscored by the Lady Warhawks 23-3 in the third to head into the fourth down 36-29. Veterans then outscored its host 9-8.
The boys were tied at 15 before the Bears posted a 15-5 advantage in the second to go up 30-20 at the half. Veterans had the edge in the third, 14-11, but was outscored by Houston County 20-11 in the fourth.
Veterans’ girls improved to 14-4 with the win. Houston County fell to 5-11. The Bears in turn upped their record to 5-12, while the Warhawks dropped to 4-14.
At Coffee, Northside dropped a pair. The girls came up short, 57-46, while the boys dropped their contest, 73-42.
The Lady Eagles, who kept it close minus a 17-7 third – fell to 1-3 (13-5) in 1-AAAAAA as a result. The Lady Trojans in turn improved to 3-0 (9-7).
The Eagles – stuck on “8s”; scoring that in three quarters and 18 in the other – dropped to 1-3 (7-12) as well, while Coffee improved to 3-0 (10-6).