Turner County Takes Second in Tournament

The undefeated Turner County Lady Rebels faced off in against the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers, also undefeated this season, for the championship game in the Annual Ronalda Pierce Holiday Hoopfest held Monday, December 29, 2014. The Lady Rebels fell to the Lady Panthers 64-60.

Both the Lady Panthers and the Lady Rebels defeated several teams to make it to the championship game. The Lady Panthers defeated Early County and Coffee County while the Lady Rebels defeated both Brooks County and Thomas County Central.

Brishuana Barnes shoots in the first half of the contest against Americus-Smuter. Photo: Erin Parker/SGSN

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Barnes shoots in the first half of the contest against Americus-Smuter. Photo: Erin Parker/SGSN

The Lady Panthers won the tip off and took it straight to the net where point guard, A’Tyanna Goulden, put up a field goal. The Lady Rebels answered back when  Taylor Daniels took the ball to the net and evening up the score. The Lady Rebels defense stayed on Americus-Sumter getting the rebound and allowed shooting guard, Mylashia Yancey to drive to the rim for two points. The Lady Panthers were determined to gain the lead Goulden scoring 5 more points in the first period and a 3 point by Jy Long. The Lady Panthers led at the end of the first 9-12.  

Goulden continued to lead the Lady Panthers scoring 11 out of 21 points in the second period. Yancey led for the Lady Rebels putting up 7 points in the second. The Lady Panthers led 33-24 going into the half.

Yancey stayed on her game going into the third period scoring 10 points for the Lady Rebels. They started the fourth strong with Shalonda Burwell putting two points on the board and narrowing the score by one point 45-46.

Lady Panthers’ Goulden put up a field goal for two but the score was quickly brought back to a one point difference when Turner’s Daniels scored. The Lady Panthers led 50 to 47 with 5 minutes left in the game. Yancey drew the foul to narrow the score hitting only one of her two shots. The Lady Rebels fought hard to gain the lead back with only 4 minutes left they were down by 2. The Lady Panthers put up three points but the Lady Rebels weren’t defeated yet putting up two, now down by 3.

Yancey drew another foul with less than 3 min left in the game. Hitting both shots the Lady Rebels were only down by 1. Brishauna Barnes took the ball to the hoop putting them up 54-53. Goulden drew a foul hitting one free throw and tying the game up 54-54. The Lady Rebels fed off of the energy in the crowds hitting 1 more free throw leading the game once again with 2 minutes left. Timia Swanson shot a field goal to take the lead back for the Lady Panthers followed by another field goal and leading 58-55 but the Lady Rebels fought back scoring 2 on the Lady Panthers.

Yancey put up a foul shot narrowing the score to 1 point difference. Barnes put up a basket to tie the game 60-60 with less than a minute left. Swanson put up a field goal to take the lead for the Lady Panthers. They proved to be a strong team defending their undefeated title by defeating the Lady Rebels 64-60 in the tournament. Yancey was the leading scorer for Turner scoring 29 points. Barnes also racked up 13 points for Turner County. Goulden took home the MVP award for the tournament.

After a close girls game the fans were hyped and ready for the boy’s championship match up, Turner County versus Americus-Sumter. Both teams stayed undefeated throughout the tournament, Turner defeating Brooks County and Lanier, while Americus-Sumter defeated Early County and Coffee County. Turner fell to Americus-Sumter for their second loss of the season losing 53-61.

Turner County won the tip off but the Panthers recovered the rebound and shooting guard, DJ Harris took it to the rim to put points on the board. The Panther defense put pressure on the Rebels and got the ball back for Eric Davis to score and followed by a field goal for Daylon Leary. The Panther’s offense was driving, scoring 8 points within the first minute of the game leaving the Rebels scoreless. Juwan High drove to the basket again followed by Kiante Sims both scoring two for the Panthers with 5 minutes left in the first period.

The Rebel’s offense finally picked up when Tamarrion Terry scored for the Rebels. Americus-Sumter’s offense continued to drive to the goal scoring two more points. DeAndre Pierce for the Rebels continued to put points on the board. With two minutes left in the first the Rebels were down by 9. The Panthers led 17- 8. Mike Hall, for the Rebels drove to the hoop to put up two. Rebel defense stayed strong getting the rebound and scoring another two. The Panthers led 19-13 at the end of the first period.

Rebels came out strong in the second period scoring two by Terry. Rebels put up two more points and then racked up two free throw shots. Scotty Scheffield for Americus-Sumter drove to the rim scoring two for the Panthers. The Panthers led 25-18 with less than 6 left in the half. The Rebels defense stayed strong and offense fought back scoring 5 points and narrowing the score by 2. Jackquise Moore for the Rebels drove to the basket to further the Panthers lead with the assist from Terry. The Panthers led 39-30 going into the half.

Quan Hillmon drive during action against Americus-Sumter. Photo: Erin Parker/SGSN

Quan Hillmon drive during action against Americus-Sumter. Photo: Erin Parker/SGSN

The Rebels came out ready to win in the third period. Cal Leggett drove straight to the basket scoring two for Turner. Shaq Baldwin put up a field goal to soften the Panthers lead, now only down by 7. Both teams fought hard to get the ball to the rim but the defense came to play.  With less than 3 minutes left in the game the Rebels were down 36-44. Harris for Americus-Sumter took advantage of an open court driving down and dunking for two points and taking a 10 point lead. Baldwin drew the foul and put up a point for the Rebels. The Rebels down 37-48 with less than a minute on the clock. The Rebels put two more points on the board but were still down 39-48 at the end of the third.

With both of the team’s strong defense and offense the Panthers fought to hold onto the lead going into the fourth while the Rebels fought to gain the lead and take home the championship for the tournament. Rebels, Jarvis Hall, put up a three to shorten the Panthers lead. Quan Hillman followed up with a layup for the Rebels to put up two points, still down 45-52 with 4 minutes left in the game.  The Panthers offense stayed on it leading 60-48 with less than a minute left in the game.  Rebels put up a field goal now only down by 10 with 20 seconds left in the game. The Rebels ultimately fell to Americus-Sumter 53-61. The Panthers and Lady Panthers both took home first place in the tournament both defeating Turner County. Terry led the Rebel’s scoring 14 points and Hillmon was close behind with 10 points. Panthers’ DJ Harris received the MVP award for the tournament.

The Rebels next game will be Saturday, January 3, 2015 against Wilcox County in Rochelle, GA. Game time will be at 6:00 PM. The Lady Rebels and the Rebels will be defending their 5-0 undefeated region record.

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