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February 6, 2019 Page 3B m By Ridhmd I~nN=s The Mary Persons girls basketball team made history in a bad way on Monday, finishing up what is believed to be the pro- grams first-ever winless campaign in a 57- 19 season-ending home loss to Upson-Lee. The Lady Dogs finished the year with an 0-26 overall record (0-11 in Region 2-AAAA) after a 38-point defeat to the Lady Knights in the first round of the Region 2-AAAA tourney, hosted by MP The Lady Dogs, the No. 6 seed, fell behind 23-3 to the No. 3 seed Lady Knights after one quarter before Wailing 42-7 at halftime. l'Mya Mann, who led MP with six points, knocked down a pair of first-half three- pointers to score six of MP's seven first-half points. Meanwhile, Upson-Lee's Alonzea Montgomery led all scorers with 15 points, all in the first half. Playing mostly reserves in the second half, Upson-Lee outscored the Lady Dogs' starters 15-12 to come away with the easy win. The defeat came three days after MP fell 36-23 at region rival Howard in its regular season finale on Friday. The Lady Huskies led 14-7 through one period before extend- ing their lead to 11 at 20-9 at halftime. MP was then outscored 14-5 in the third quarter to fall behind by 20 at 34-14 before out- scoring the Lady Huskies 9-2 in the fourth period to lose by 13. The Lady Dogs also dropped their final regular season home contest 55-22 to region foe Perry at home on Senior Night on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Lady Dogs fell behind 11-0 early as Lady Panthers' center Davina Brown scored three field goals on feeds into the low post The Lady Dogs didn't score their first basket until there was 2:49 left in the first quarter when Tysheeka Hart banked in a long two-pointer from the top of the However, Perry finished the first quarter on another 11-0 run to take a 22-2 lead after one period. MP then went through another nearly six-minute drought without a field goal to start the second quarter to wail 31-5 before Tatiyanna Brown scored on an offensive rebound putback with 2:15 left before halftime. But Perry's Asjah Harrell answered with five straight points to dose out the first half on a three-pointer and a layup, respectively, as Perry took a 38-7 halftime lead. Perry then scored the first six points of the third quarter before Mann buried a three-pointer for MP's first points of the second half to cut Perry's advantage to 34 at 44-10. Perry would eventually lead by 41 at 52-11 through three quarters before holding on for the 33-point win. Following the Perry defeat, MP hon- ored its three seniors, Shanaya Brezial, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening game, Anna Hightower and JgDasha Owens. Also, on Jan. 26, MP was thumped 66-19 at Hampton in their final non- region contest as the Lady Dogs were shut out 48-0 in the first half. MP ral- lied to outscore the Lady Hornets 19- 18 in the second half for the 45-point final margin. Five Hampton players scored in double digits, ledby Jazlyn Sharpers game-high 15 points. MP head coach Lamon McElhaney said following MP's season-ending loss to Upson-Lee on Monday that his squad didn't play consistently hard enough to overcome their skill limitations but said he was glad his girls stuck it out through a hard season. J'Mya Mann scored six points to lead MP as the Lady Dogs finished a winless 2018-19 campaign with a 57-19 region tourney loss to Upson- Lee at home on Monday. (Photo/Richard Dumas) "I think we were in a hole to start with,' McElhaney said. "Our leading scorer from last year (Ateria McDowell) transferred. The girl who probably would have been my leading scorer this year (Shanaya Brezial) in the first game blew her knee out Then, my big girl (Auyonis Avery), she hung it up about Christmas time. And then another starter (Taylor Buffmgton) got hurt. So essentially my five starters from this ),ear didn't finish the year is what it amounted to. But that isn't why we won zero games. We won zero games because we're so far behind here. I've got a lot of girls that didn't get a chance to play lM. I've got a lot of girls I'm still teaching the basic fundamentals of jump stop, pivot. It made it a little bit easier because they were really good girls. And IH go to war for them about that, but when it comes to basketball, we're just so far behind It's going to be a process, much lon- ger than I thought too? Meanwhile, the MP girls basketball squad wrapped up its season with a winless record as well, finishing 0-8. Also, the Monroe County Middle School girls basketball team dropped to 2-9 on the year with a 35-10 loss to undefeated Carver Road Middle in its home finale on Thursday. The defeat came two day after Monroe County Middle dropped another home contest 34- 26 to Byron Middle on Tuesda Jan. 29. The C-Team Lady Dogs will wrap up their campaign with a road contest at Upson-Lee Middle at 5 p.m. on Thursda Feb. 7. l By rd Persons who would like to make nominations for the third dass of the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame should com- plete nomination forms by Friday, March 1. Nomination forms are available online at forsyth-monroecountys- or in paper form at The Reporter office or the Forsyth Welcome Center. Nominees will indude: any play- ers, coaches or contributors who positively impacted the Monroe County sports landscape. In addi- tion to the basic nomination form, on a separate page, summarize the nominee's career listing all honors, achievements, records and character attributes. Ifnecessar describe the nominee's connection to Monroe County. Please mail the nomination form to this address: Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 457, Forsyth, Ga 31029 or e-marl the form to forsyth-monro- ecountysportshalloffame@gmail- com. Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame committee members include: Chairman Bobby Melton, Mary Frances Chambliss, Gay- lyn Cole, Richard Dumas, Vice Chairman Keith Edge, Herbert Gantt, Jim Hardin, Bob Harris, Nolen Howard, Secretaryfrrea- surer Penny Mitchell and Marcus Whitehead. Once all nominations are filled out and sent out, the ll-member committee will vote on final selec- tions. Honorees will be enshrined at the third annualForsyth-Mon- roe County Sports Hail of Fame gala banquet, which is expected to be held on Sat, June 22at the Monroe County Convention Cen- ter. A yet-to-be-determined his- toric Monroe County sports team will be honored at the banquet this year. Tickets for the banquet will be sold to members of the public. Anyone with any questions about the nomination process should consult any one of the committee members or visit fmcsportshalloff- The Hall of Fame committee is also requesting individual or bus'mess sponsors for the Hall of Fame banquet Sponsorship forms are also available online at or in paper form at the Monroe County Reporter office or the Forsyth Welcome Center. Sponsorship packages include: Gold Sponsor Level ($1,000 donation) -- 8 tickets to the banquet, a full page ad in the banquet program and signage at the banquet; Silver Sponsor Level ($500 donation) -- 4 tickets to the banquet, a half-page ad in the banquet program, signage at the banquet; Bronze Sponsor Level ($250 donation) -- 2 tickets to the banquet, a quarter-page ad in the banquet program and signage at the banquet; Patron ($100 dona= " tion) -- name listed in the banquet program. ' The public is invited to atten l Mary Persons football's annual National Signing Day ceremony in the MP lunchroom at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Nearly a dozen Bulldogs' players have received college offers and eight of them are expected to sign on Wednesday. One Bulldog player, offensive tackle Colton Dingrnore, already signed during December's early signing period, inking a scholarship offer to Mercer. Dingmore is expected to be joined by quarterback J.T. Hartage (Savannah State), running back Quen Wilson (Reinhardt or Savannah State), offensive tackle Luke Byrne (Samford), offen- sive center Charles Dean (LaGrange), defensive end Daniel Lavelle (Akron), defensive tackle Derrick Goodson (Valdosta State) and cornerback Antoine Davis (Garden City Com- munity College). In addition to these nine, as many as four more Bull- dogs' seniors have received college offers as well and could sign in the coming weeks. PUBLIC NOTICE A Trust has been created under the Will of Sarah L. Wadley Burt to provide scholarships for boys from Monroe County to attend the University of Georgia. Scholarship grants are awarded based on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. The criteria upon which the selection of grantees is based on scholastic ability and financial needs. The Trust was established in Memory of Mrs. Burt's grandfather, Brigadier General Edward Dorr Tracy and her son, 1st Lt. William Giroud Burt, Jr. The sum of $52,000.00 has been awarded for scholarships to attend the University of Georgia during the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters. Young men wishing to apply for scholarships should make application to the selec[ion committee chair Benson Ham at PO Box 850, Forsyth, GA 31029. Applications may be picked up at Ham & Jenkins, 8 West Johnston Street, Forsyth. Applications should be submitted by April 12, 2019. ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND UNDER GRADUATE STUDENTS: The Estates of Gilbert A. Banks, Jr. and Bera Denham Banks have gifted assets anticipated at approximately $2.0 million dollars to fund The Banks Scholarship Trust. Wells Fargo Bank serves as Trustee with selections admin- istered by the Scholarship committee of the Forsyth United Methodist Church, Robert L. Harris, Chairman. Scholarships funded by the Banks Scholarship Trust are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year and will be awarded to eligible students based on academic merit and/or financial need who have lived in Monroe County for a period of two years at the time of application. This financial award will provide for expenses of an undergraduate degree to attend a fully accredited, tax exempt, four-year College or University in the United States. Application form and detailed requirements may be obtained from Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2019 StateFarm Charlie Pelt, Agent 12 E. Johnston St. F0rsyth, GA 31029 478-994-9600 Auto - Home - Life Medicare Supplement. 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