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d iP porter The Best Coverage for Monroe County Sports January 24, 2018 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS ~qm Terry J0hns0n . 3B Y0uman's Chevrolet Ad 4B WINTER SPORTS 4:15 p.m. JV Boys Basketball (vs. West Laurens) 6p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball (vs. West Laurens) 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. West Laurens) 1:15 p.m. JV Girls Basketball (vs. Spalding) 3 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball (vs. Spalding) 4:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. Spalding) 4:15 p.m. JV Boys Basketball (vs. Perry) 6 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball (vs. Perry) 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. Perry) Correction In a photo cutline on Page 8B in the Jan. 17 Reporter, MP football service award recipient Barry Stuart was incor- rectly listed as having played running back in high school. Stuart actu- ally played quarterback at MP. Stu,irt was Honor- able Mention All-State by the Atlanta Journal- Constitution in 1964, according to the Georgia , High School Football Historians Association. By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons boys bas- ketbaU team rebounded from a disappointing setback on Friday night to thump non- region rival Jackson 96-80 at home on Saturday and improve its record to 18-2. Led by senior star Cam Holden, who scored a game- high 37 points on 12 of 18 shooting, MP built a 34-point lead through three quarters before settling for a 16-point victory. Another senior, Tre Edge, who scored 23 points, got MP going with three layups in the early stages of the game to enable the Dogs to sprint out to a 10-2 advantage. An 8-0 Red Devils' run, capped by a three- pointer by Joe Sands, tied the contest at 10-10 just two minutes into the game, but it would be the last time the two teams were on even footing. Midway through the first quarter, Holden drained a pair of long three-pointers from the top of the key followed by a pair of corner threes by MP sophomore Dee Morton, who was also in double figures with 15 points, to put the Bulldogs ahead by 13. MP would eventu- ally seize a 15-point edge after one quarter at 34-19 as Holden and Edge combined for 23 first- quarter points. Holden then added a pair of fast-break dunks that ignited the crowd early in the second quarter and put MP ahead by 22, and he followed those up with a sensational defensive play, a rejection of a dunk attempt by Jackson's Deonte Barlow. An old-fashioned three- point play by Edge late in the half gave MP a 55-34 lead, and the Bulldogs would eventu- ally claim a 22-point halftime advantage at 59-37. Holden had 25 first-half points while Edge contributed 17 points in the first half alone. The MP starters played the O .0 By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons girls basketball team missed out on a chance to secure its third victory of the season on Saturday, los- ing to non-region rival Jackson 56-33. MP's only two wins of the year came at the hands of the Lady Red Devils, but the Lady Dogs were never really in Saturday's game. Jackson opened the contest with a 13-0 run, which included a three- pointer by sharpshooter Gabbi Cartagena. The Lady Dogs didn't get their first basket until more than seven-and-a- half minutes had elapsed when junior point guard Ateria McDowell, who scored a team-high 19 points, drove to the bas- ket and banked in a run- ner off the glass to pull MPto within 13-2. Jackson's Kenyata Smith then connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key with 7:17 left in the second quarter, which was fol- lowed shortly thereafter by another Jackson three-pointer by Marian Sims from the left corner in transition. The Lady Red Devils' hot perim- eter shooting eventually staked Jackson to a 27-9 halftime lead. Struggling mightily to Upson Upson-Lee center Travon Walker disrupts MP guard Tre Slaton's shot attempt during MP's 89-58 loss in Thomaston on Friday.The Bulldogs are expected to rematch with the defending champion Knights on Feb. 9 in the Region 2-AAAA championship game in Forsyth. (Photo/Kim Holderfleld) third quarter with Holden add- tively. Lee, but that loss occurred with ing five more dunks to his total The victory came one night the Bulldogs missing three as the Bulldogs seized an 87-53 after MP suffered its worst key contributors, Holden, Tre lead through three quarters, loss of the season, falling to Slaton and Desmond Williams. Jackson outscored MP 27-9 in top-ranked Upson-Lee 89-58 A full-strength MP squad the fourth quarter as MP head in front of a delirious packed was unable to deal with the coach Greg Nix emptied his house in Thomaston. The Knights' firepower on Friday bench. 31-point loss, which dropped night as the Knights shot a The Red Devils were led by MP to 3-2 in Region 2-AAAA blazing 59 percent from the Sands, who scored 18 points, with five regular season games floor while turning the ball Three other Red Devils' play- remaining, was the Bulldogs' over just four times. Upson- ers, Barlow, who fouled out eighth straight to the defending Lee senior standout Tye Fagan early in the second half, state champion Knights, who scored a game-high 31 points Naymian Smith and Dariyan have now won 52 consecutive on 12 of 19 shooting, outplaying Ingram were in double figures games. MP's only other defeat with 15, 13 and 10, respec- this season also came to Upson- SeeMPBOYS,Pacje2B against Jackson's 2-3 zone defense, the Lady Dogs' offense sputtered again to start the second half, going nearly four minutes without scor- ing until McDowell sank two free throws to pull NIP back to within 20 at 31-11. A three-pointer by MP's Abigail Hightower with one minute left in the third quarter got MP to within 18, and the Lady Dogs ended the period on a 9-1 run to pull within 16 points at 41-25. However, the fourth quarter was once again all Jackson as the Lady Red Devils out- scored MP 15-8 for the 23-point final margin. Cartagena led Jackson with 19 points. Smith and Shamaudia Evans were also in double fig- ures for the Lady Red Devils with 17 and 14, respectively. The defeat came one night after MP scared region rival Upson-Lee early on the road before eventually getting pum- meled by the Lady Knights in a 73-32 loss on Friday. MP outscored the Lady Knights 16-10 in the first quarter before being overwhelmed by Upson- Lee the rest of the way. Upson-Lee pounded the Lady Dogs 26-3 in the second quarter to open up a 17-point halftime edge at 36-19. Upson- Junior Ateria McDowell led all scorers with 19 points in MP's 56-33 home loss to Jackson on Saturday. (File photo) Lee then outpointed MP points. She was joined in 15-10 in the third period double figures by team- to take a 51-29 lead into mates Ja'khia Parker, the final quarter before Cierra Williams and thumping the Lady Dogs Zahkia King with 13, 11 22-3 in the fourth period and 10 respectively. for the 41-point win. NIP, 2-19 overM1 (0-5 Lashae Traylor led in Region 2-AAAA), was Upson-Lee with 14 next scheduled to play at Howard at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in a Region 2-AAAA contest. The Lady Dogs will then host West Laurens in another region showdown at 6 p.m. on Friday before hosting Spalding at 3 p.m. on Saturday in a game rescheduled due to last week's snowstorm. MP will then host Perry at 6p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in its regular season home finale. The Lady Dogs will honor their three seniors fol- lowing the Perry game. These include: Kver Shannon, Hightower add Laila Bell. Meanwhile, the MP JV girls basketball team was scheduled to host Spalding at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday in its regular season finale. Also, the Monroe County Middle School girls basketball team dropped to 1-8 with a 33-3 home loss to Clifton Ridge on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The C-Team girls squad was next sched- uled to host Henderson at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in its home finale before heading on the road to face Fort Valley Middle at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29. The C-Team Lady Dogs will then close out their regular season with a game at Lamar County Middle at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30.