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Dragons’ basketball teams struggle in day 2 of tip-off tournament

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

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 JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Dragon basketball teams lost on Tuesday night in day two of the Tabo’s tip-off tournament.

 The Lady Dragons struggled in a 68-49 defeat at the hands of the Flowery Branch Lady Falcons.

 Abbie Franklin led the Lady Dragons’ scoring with 13 points.

 The Lady Dragons started off hot, jumping out to a quick 9-2 lead after Franklin, Chandler Bragg, Hope Forrester and Jerilynn Williamson all dropped baskets. They held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter ended.

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Hawks soar to tip-off finals, down Cambridge, 70-61

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BY CHARLES PHELPS

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JEFFERSON – The Mill Creek Hawk boys’ basketball team may have not played flawless basketball, Tuesday night in Jefferson during the second round of the Tabo’s Tip-Off Tournament.

But, there play was good enough to vault springboard them to the finals.

The Hawks downed the Cambridge Bears, 70-61. They play Dacula High School in the tournament finals on Saturday.

“Different guys stepped up and had some big shots in the second half,” Mill Creek head coach Chad Rogers said after the win. “(But) we are not where we want to be defensively. Gave up way too many points.”

The Hawks were led by Scotty Chadwick’s 17 points. Keetone Glover added 12 and Christian Mancillas had 11 points.

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Lady Panthers start season strong, down Madison Co. at home

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JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers hosted Madison County at Panther Indoor Stadium last Friday night in the first regular-season game of the year with only one thing on their mind, getting a win.

Jackson County (1-0) defeated Madison County, 60-49, outscoring the Lady Red Raiders, 35-25, in the second half.

The Lady Panthers were led by Brianna Love’s 14 points and Kieanna Ledford’s 7-point, 16-rebound performance.

 “We cut down on the turnovers this game and really got everyone involved,” Lady Panthers’ head coach Julie McCutcheon said. “There were some things down the stretch that we need to work on.

Last year, we were teaching a lot, and this year, those things we taught are starting to go into motion.”

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Lady Panthers start season strong, down Madison Co. at home

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BY COLIN HUBBARD

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JEFFERSON — The Jackson County Lady Panthers hosted Madison County at Panther Indoor Stadium last Friday night in the first regular-season game of the year with only one thing on their mind, getting a win.

Jackson County (1-0) defeated Madison County, 60-49, outscoring the Lady Red Raiders, 35-25, in the second half.

The Lady Panthers were led by Bri Love’s 15 points, four assists and four rebounds.

“We cut down on the turnovers this game and really got everyone involved,” Lady Panthers’ head coach Julie McCutcheon said. “There were some things down the stretch that we need to work on.

Last year, we were teaching a lot, and this year, those things we taught are starting to go into motion.” Continue reading Lady Panthers start season strong, down Madison Co. at home

Storming Through: Tigers race past Panthers and in to round No. 2

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BY KYLE FUNDERBURK

 

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COMMERCE – Special teams, great defense and a big helping of Will Thomas were the ingredients for a successful night for Commerce on Friday night.

 

The Commerce Tigers (9-2) bounced Clinch County, 37-7, in the first round of the Class A Public state playoffs to advance to the second round for the first time since 2009.

 

Thomas rushed for a game-high 171 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns.

 

The defense forced two turnovers, while the special teams blocked a punt, had a long return and recovered an onside kick.

 

“We challenged the kids the last two weeks to come out here and play hard, execute and to play with heart and they did,” Commerce head coach Michael Brown said.

 

“We knew we had to establish the fullback to have any success tonight. Caleb Brooks made the right reads and the offensive line blocked well.”