Different date. Same results.
Houston County and Veterans met back on Dec. 4, 2018. The Bears won. The Lady Warhawks won – at the home of the first. Tuesday was a rematch, this time at Veterans. Again the boys won, 70-59, and again the girls came out victorious, 64-42.
The first time they met, the Bears needed a 24-point fourth quarter to gain the edge, 58-54. This time they got off to a better start (than the previous game’s 17-9 one). They scored 13 in the first and 24 in the second to lead 37-26 at the half (Veterans scored 11 in the first and 15 in the second).
The Warhawks outscored Houston County 19-16 in the third to make it 53-45 but the Bears wouldn’t falter. They scored 17 to Veterans’ 14 in the fourth. They also improved to 13-7 overall in the non-region matchup, while the Warhawks dropped to 14-5.
On the girls’ side, Veterans wasn’t really able to pull away until the second half. The first quarter was 8-6 in their favor. At the buzzer it was 23-18. They then outscored the Lady Bears 18-11 in the third and 23-13 down the stretch.
Madison Perez was the team scoring leader. She had 22, including five 3-pointers. Stacie Jones had 18 – she was 8-of-13 at the free-throw line and also had 13 rebounds – and Zkeria Jenkins had 13. No stats were reported for Houston County’s girls.
Veterans improved to 18-2 while the Lady Bears – suffering their seventh-straight loss – fell to 5-12.
Elsewhere, Northside’s girls and boys split with Coffee in a Region 1-AAAAAA matchup at home. The boys fell 63-42. They trailed by only a point, 11-10, after one and 28-23 at the half.
The Trojans did most of their damage in the third. They scored 25. The Eagles managed only 7. Northside scored 12 to Coffee’s 10 in the fourth, but that obviously was far from being enough.
The loss put them at 1-2 in the division, 4-12 overall. Coffee on the other hand improved to 3-0, 16-2 – two region games ahead of its closest competitor Lee County.
The Lady Eagles won their game against the Lady Trojans 48-34. They improved to 2-1 in the region, 10-5 overall. They are giving chased to Valdosta and Lee County, both 2-0. Coffee fell to 1-2, 5-11.