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=aR orter Best Coverage for Monroe County Sports 1B February 7, 2018 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS ~StateFarm t Terry Johnson 3B SPRING SPORTS 5 p.m. C-Team Girls Sbccer (vs. Jones County) 5:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. Spalding) 6p.m. C-Team Boys Soccer (vs. J0nes C0unty) 8:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. Ups0n-Lee) 4 p.m. Varsity Girls and Boys Tennis (vs. N0rthside) 5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer Jackson) 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer (vs. Jackson) BOYS BASKETBALL 1.Ups0n Lee 244) 2.St.Pius 22-3 3.Ame.-Sumter 23-2 4. Sandy Creek 20-5 5.Westover 19-6 6. Baldwin 19-6 7.Salem 19-5 8, Cartersville 18-5 9. Carver-Col. 18-7 10. Mary Persons 22-3 e MP enters home region tournament with record number of wins By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons Bulldogs.set anew school. record for most wins in a single season with an 85-77 home victory over Perry on Senior Night on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Bulldogs, 22-3 overall (7-3 in Region 2-AAAA), whose postgame joy was tempered by a first-haft ankle injury to all-around star Cam Holden, broke MFs previous school record of 21, set in 1967. MP also previously reached 20 wins in 1996, 2005 and 2008. After honoring the team's seven seniors before the game, MP got off to an electric start against a talented Panthers' squad, scoring the first 10 points of the contest, including three- pointers by Rekia Weaver and Dee Morton. MP would eventually lead 22-13 after one period. The Bulldogs still led by seven points at 26-19 with 5:06 left in the second quarter when Holden, who had already scored 12 of MP's 26 points, went up for an offensive rebound and landed on the foot of a Perry player. After several minutes Holder/, who roned right ankle, was ass' ted off the court by 1VIP trainer Jeff Quinn and head coach Greg Nix and returned to the bench late in the game on crutches with ice taped to his ankle. Without Holder MP, which only defeated the Panthers by three points in their previous meeting, unexpectedly added to its lead in the second quarter. MFs Tre Edge buried a three-po'mter from the top of the key with 1:45 left in the Mary Persons senior Tre Edge, converting thistayup over a Perry defender, was one of seven MP boys' seniors honored prior to MP's 85-77 home win over the Panthers.The victory set a new school record for single season wins and clinched MP's spot as the No. 2 seed in this week's Region 2-AAAA Tourna- ment at James R Evans Gymnasium. MP has finished as the runner-up to Upson-Lee in each of the past two years. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) second quarter, and MP finished the first half on a 17-7 run fonowir g Holdeffs injury to take a 43-26 halftime advantage. MP ext6nded its lead to 19 points at 51-32 with six minutes left in the third quarter on an old-fashioned three-point play by Weaver, but the Panthers began to slowly chip away at the Dogs' lead. Back-to-back Perry layups, including a three-point conversion by Rontren Harrell, pulled the Panthers back to within single digits at 57-48 with 1:58 left in the third period. However, a driving layup by Edge with just one tick left on the third quarter clock gave MP a 12-point lead heading into the See MP BOYS. Page 2B Mary Persons senior Abigail Hightower, trapped in the corner by a Perrydefender during the fourth quarter of MP's 47-42 home win over the Panthers on Jan. 30, hit the go-ahead three-pointer in MP's unlikely victory. (Photo/Richard Dumas) region tourney By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons girls basketball team finished up a dismal 3-24 season with a 57-37 Region 2-AAAA tournament loss to Upson-Lee on Monday afternoon. Playing on its home floor, MP led 15-8 through one quarter before the Lady Knights erupted for 24 points in the second period, outscorifig the Lady Dogs 24-10 to take a seven-point halftime at 32-25. Led by senior Kver Shannon, who scored a team-high 16 points in her final game in an MP uniform, the Lady Dogs mounted a fierce charge early in the third quarter as Shannon's corner three-pointer capped an 8-2 run that pulled MP to within one point at 34-33. But with MP trail- ing 38-33, Shannon was called for a reach-in foul, her fourth of the game, late in the third period, and MP head coach Lamon McElhaney elected to sit Shannon on the bench for the next several minutes. With Shannon out, Upson-Lee's Lashae 90 Days 109 Same as Cash 8523 Bo Patrol Road All Major Credit Cards Accepted Rivoli Road lingbroke ) 994-47OO * Take on every mile * Don't sacrifice safety * Drive in comfort See MP GIRLS. Page 3B