Hoops: Young Worth Girls Squad struggles

Sylvester – Coach John Allen Popham should feel like a proud father at the end of this season. While already a father, Popham is starting three freshmen on his varsity squad. They grew tonight as Dooly County got huge individual performances from senior Nee Tookes and sophomore Le Le Mathis on the way to a 58-27 win.

Deaundra Smith shoots in traffic in the second half. Smith's effort led the Rams with 7 points. Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Deaundra Smith shoots in traffic in the second half. Smith’s effort led the Rams with 7 points. Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Hampered by ball handling errors expected of freshmen, Worth trailed at the end of the 1st 16-5.  Mathis hit a 3-pointer to start the frame, and added two baskets and a free throw to lead the Lady Cats with 8 of the 16. Tookes would add 6.  That trend would continue in the 2nd period, as Mathis led again, racking up 10 points. Tookes would find the hoop for another 5 as the Lady Bobcats stayed consistent, outscoring the lady Rams 17-9 to lead 33-14 at the break.

Tookes would surge in the 3rd. scoring 13 points before sitting for the night. Mathis would add 6 points. Dooly would coast in the final quarter, allowing Worth to outscore them 7-6 as the game ended. “Dooly is good. Tookes is one of the best players we’ll see all year. It doesn’t help when we make mistakes, but we’re young. We’re gonna get better with every game.” Popham said after the contest.

Dooly’s Tookes and Mathis each finished with a game high 24. No other Dooly team member had more than 4 points. For Worth, Deaundria Smith, a freshman shooting guard ,  and Tykeria Tensley each finished with 7 apiece. Zamia Moore, a freshman guard, added 5.

Lowndes will visit Worth County on Saturday night. Game time is 6:00PM

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