Veterans hosts holiday basketball shootout

Six local teams – 10 in all, representing six schools – competed in the Shane’s Rib Shack Holiday Basketball Shootout held at Veterans High Dec. 8.

They were Houston County’s girls and boys, Veterans’ girls and boys and Warner Robins’ girls.

Of those, only the Demonettes were unable to pull of a win. They fell to West Laurens 62-48 – falling to 3-2 in the process; the Lady Raiders improving to 4-2.

Both the Lady Warhawks and Warhawks won. The first beat Tift County 65-51. It was dead even between the two at first. Both scored 10 in the first and 14 in the second. Veterans began to pull away in the third. It outscored the Lady Blue Devils 24-17 in that frame and then 17-10 in the fourth.

Tamia Luckey helped lead the squad, which improved to 7-1; Tift County fell to 2-5. She finished with 20. Staci Jones and Madison Perez also each had 17.

The boys edged West Laurens 53-51. They led 16-8 after one but trailed 24-27 at the half thanks to a 19-point quarter by the Raiders.

Veterans turned it in their favor in the third by outscoring West Laurens 17-4. It then had to hang on in the fourth as the Raiders put up 20 to their 12.

Rodney James had 16 to lead the way. DeAngelo Hines finished with nine. Troy Williams led West Laurens with 19.

The Warhawks improved to 5-3. The Raiders dropped to 4-3.

Houston County’s girls beat Worth County 48-44.

The Lady Bears led 9-6 after one and 24-17 at the half. Houston County was outscored in both of the second-half quarters – 15-14 in the third and 12-10 in the fourth – but was still able to hold on for the win.

They improved to 3-2. Worth County fell to 2-4.

Jamya Spivey led them in scoring with 20, while Jordyn Johnson and Marquia White each had eight.

Finally, the Bears won 54-51, also over Worth County.

They led 16-7 after one and 34-24 at the half. Worth County outscored Houston County 16-7 in the third to cut it to 41-40 but the Bears got just enough – 13-11 – in the fourth to notch the victory.

Jakobe Nelson led them with 10. Charles Brown had nine and Khyree Colvin eight.

They also improved to 4-3 while dealing Worth County its first loss. It now stands at 5-1.