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Deadline to register: February 3rd GET YOUR CHILD'S SPRING OFF ON RIGHT FOOT! 4510 Raley Rd. Macon, GA WE HAVE IT COVERED IF ITS PLAYED January 23, 2019 PERSONS BULLDOGS 281 Tfft College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 P~un~ Mo~lay - r-ssu~, 9 m - s:.~o pm ~' %, F- [ HOME CALENDAR , N)O p.m. C-Teom Wrestling (vs. Henderson Middle) p.m. Varg Wrestling [vs. Jackson/Rutland) llllllg Y, m JV Basketball Iw , 00 p.m. C-Team Girls Basketballl gyr0n Mid e) 6:00 Ira. C-Team boys Basketball [vs. Byron M lle) 6:00 pan. Girls Basketball Per ) p.m. Varsity Ba~ Basketball Perry) By Rkt'm Dunnmls The Mary Persons boys basketball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers over the weekend to fall to 6-14 with two weeks left in the regular season. MP fell 68-65 at non-region rival Jackson on Saturday one night after losing 78-73 at home to region foe Spalding on Friday. The Bulldogs (1-5 in Region 2-AAAA) fell behind &0 to the Jaguars on Friday after Spald- ing point guard Josh Reddick drained a pair of long-range bombs to open the game. MP didn't take its first lead until Desmond Williams made a fast-break layup with 3:15 left in the first quar- ter to take a 14-13 advantage. The Bulldogs then led for most of the remainder of the first quarter until Reddick, who had 13 first-quarter points, banked in a 30-footer with four seconds left in the initial period to take a 23-21 Spalding lead. However, MP reclaimed the lead less than a minute into the second period on a pair of free throws by Brandon Hogan, and a Ty Bouie layup midway through the quarter eventually staked MP to its largest lead yet at 34-29. How- ever, Spalding would crawl back into the game late in the first half and a free throw by Kaleb Brooks tied the game at 38-all at halftime. MP would take a six-point lead at 48-42 on back-to-back Maurice Shannon three-pointers with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs would eventually take their largest lead of eight at 52-44 moments later on a Lamont Jones transition layup. But MP's momentum was short-lived as Spalding's Desmond McGill scored 12 straight points to end the third quar- ter, induding a pair of comer three-pointers, to put the Jaguars in front 56-52 through three quarters. McGfll, who led all scorers with 29 points, then added another bucket on a transition layup to open the fourthquarter before MP's Dre Zellner stopped Spalding's 14-0 run with a putback layup. Zellner's layup then started an 8-2 MP spurt, capped by a pair of W'flliams layups to tie the game at 60-aU. However, McGfll then made back-to-back layups to put Spalding in front 64-60 with 3:43 left in the game. MP cut the lead back to two before Reddick canned a long two-point jumper to put Spalding in front 66-62. Four straight po'mts by Brooks on a pair of free throws, and a bank shot, respectively, gave the Jaguars a 70-62 lead. And the Jaguars would eventually stretch their advantage to 10 before MP's Maurice Shannon hit a three-pointer to pull MP to within seven at 72-65. After two Spalding free throws, Shannon hit another comer three-pointer to get MP back to within six at 74-68 with 38 seconds left. However, the Bulldogs still trailed by eight after a layup by Spalding's Dearius Cobb with eight seconds left, and a Williams buzzer-beater three-pointer only cut MP's final losing margin to five. Williams led MP with 22 points. He was joined Senior Desmond Williams (right) led MP in scoring with 22 points against Spalding, but his counterpart, Spalding's Desmond McGill (left), got the better of the matchup with a game-high 29 points, including 14 straight during a game-deciding Jags' run. (Phato/Kim Holderfield) in double figures by teammate Shannon with 18. Meanwhile for Spalding, McGiU was joined in double figures by Reddick, who scored 22. MP head coach Greg Nix said Spalding's 14-0 run that took the Jaguars from down eight midway through the third quarter to leading by six early in the fourth quarter was largely the result of cold- shooting by his Dogs' squad. "It seemed like there for a little while we couldn't make a shot," NIX said. "Maybe our shot selection wasn't very good during that time too. But we had open shots. We had inside-out shots. We just didn't make them. Then they're (Jaguars) hitting a banked three in the first half. They hit some threes that were 28 to 30 feet out. I told them (MP players) in the locker room that they're (Jaguars) better than their record. I saw it on film. They've got good size, and that kind of gives us a little trouble" Three nights earlier, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, MP recorded its first Region 2-AAAA victory of the season in a 78-57 home rout of Howard. The Huskies surged out to a 9-2 lead less than two minutes into the game, capped by a comer trey by Howard's Collin Tarver. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as nine at 14- 5 before reserve guard J.T. Hartage dropped a floater to start a 9-2 MP run that pulled the Dogs back to within two at 16-14. MP tied the contest for the first time at 21-apiece See BASKETBALL Page 2B Final wrestling home match to be held Wed. The MP varsity and JV wrestling squads will host their final home meet of the season on Wednes- day against Jackson and Rutland. Also, the Monroe County Middle School wrestling team will wrap up its home slate with a match against Hender- son Middle at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. (Photo/Randy Newsome) I have Beagles. Let's rabbit hunt your lease. Call MI llethune 478-994-1357 By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr:net The Mary Persons girls basketball squad dropped to 0-19 (0-6 in Region 2-AAAA) with a 67-19 home loss to Spalding on Friday. The defending state champion Lady Jaguars seized a 34-2 lead through one quarter and never looked back en mute to the 48-point win. Spald- ing scored the game's first 22 points before MP's initial basket came on an offensive rebound putback by Khadee- jah Bradiey with 2:40 left in the first quarter. Spalding's Amaya Jester and Corriana Evans each scored 12 points in the first period. The Lady Jaguars would then open the second quarter on a 17-0 run to take a 51-2 lead before MP's Victoria Vining connected on a midrange jumper to puU the Lady Dogs to within 51-4 with 2:46 left in the first half Although the Spalding starters exited for good late in the first half, the Lady Jaguars maintained a 52-4 half- time lead. Kierstyn Milner, who scored a game-high 17 points, and Jester and Evans, who each scored 16, combined for 49 of Spalding's 52 first-half points. With MP's starters facing the Spald- ing bench, the Lady Dogs outscored the Lady Jags 12-6 in the third quarter with MP's Taylor Butfmgton scoring all 10 ofher points in the period. How- ever, the Jaguars' reserves outpointed MP's backups 9-3 in the fourth quarter for the 48-point final margin. Three nights earlier, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, MP played its most competitive region game to date, falling at home to Howard 48-33. A Buffmgton three-pointer with eight seconds left in the first quarter pulled MP to within three at 10-7 through one period. However, the Huskies responded with a 10-0 rim to open the second quarter, which included a right dbow triple by How- ard's Chasidy Coleman, to put Howard in front 20-7. MP finally scored its first points of the second quarter with 2:14 left in the first half when Khadeejah Bradley made a fast-break layup. Four straight MP free throws cut MP's defi- cit to seven at 20-13, but the Huskies would eventually take a 23-13 halftime lead on a fadeaway jumper from the foul line by Alyn OvelL Howard then ,soored Lhe~;~i~.~ ~ points of the second half, capped by a three-po'mter by Coleman off of an inbounds pass, to take a 29-13 advan- tage. MP's Buffmgton then answered back with a wing jumper with 2:49 left in the third period for the Lady Dogs' first points of the second hal How- ever, Coleman fired back with another three-pointer offof an inbounds pass, and Howard would eventually go back in front by 22 at 37-15. But the Lady Dogs would end the third quarter on a high note when Precious Gaines hit a buzzer-beater comer jumper to pull MP to within 20 at 37-17 through three quarters. MP would then otitscore Howard 16-11 in the fourth period for the 15-po'mt final margin. Howard's Coleman led all scor- ers with 14 po'mts. She was joined in double figures by teammates Ovell and Kdeia Murm); who scored 11 each. Buffmgton led MP with eight points. The Lady Dogs were next scheduled to travel to West Laurens for a road region contest at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. MP will then face region foe Upson- Lee on the mad at 6 p.m. on Friday before playing yet another mad contest at non-region Hampton at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Lady Dogs will then return home to host Perry in a region showdown at 6 p.m. on Tuesday; Jan. 29 in the'tr regular season home finale. MP's three seniors will be honored following the Perry game. Meanwhile, the MP JV girls basket- ball squad will next travel to Upson- Lee for a road contest at 4:15 p.m. on Friday. The IV Lady Dogs will then face Hampton on the road the follow- ing day at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday in their regular season finale. Also, the Monroe County Middle School gifts basketball team dropped to 1-7 with a disappointing 22-21 home loss to Henderson Middle on Thursday. The C-Team Lady Dogs led 14-9 at the half, but the Lady Tigers went on an 11-0 third-quarter run to take a 20- 14 advantage. Monroe County then held Henderson scoreless for about six minutes while going on a 7-0 run to retake the lead at 21-20 with 1:48 to play. However, Henderson responded with a leaner offthe glass with 1:08 left to put the Lady Tigers in front 22- 21. And although the C-Team Lady Dogs got off seven shots in the final 40 seconds, none of the shots fell, and Monroe County settled for the one- point defeat The loss came two days after the C-Team Lady Dogs recorded their initial victory ofthe season in a 25-21 road win at Lamar Middle on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Monroe County was next scheduled ~o travel to Rehobath Road Middle for a mad contest at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The C-Team Lady Dogs will then retum home to host Byron Middle at 5 p.m. on Tuesda); Jan. 29.