Lady Panthers make it 3 straight; other results

Don Moncrief Basketball, Featured, Houston County HS, Northside HS, Perry HS

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).