Lawrence Co. takes division wins at Terry

Published 6:00 am Monday, December 13, 2004

TERRY — Lawrence County opened Division 6-4A basketball playwith a doubleheader sweep over Terry. The Lady Cougars authored a61-51 win over the Lady Bulldogs; powered by a career-high 36points from senior guard Ronesha Garner.

The Cougars kept the Bulldogs at bay, to the tune of a 57-48varsity boys victory.

Lawrence County meets Franklin County tonight at Meadville.

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Lawrence Co. 61, Terry 51

The Lady Cougars (3-6, 1-0) used an extremely torrid shootingpace to garner their initial Division 6-4A win of the season.

“We played well tonight,” said LCHS head coach Jennie Vance. “Weplayed as a team and we did not have a lot of turnovers.”

LCHS held a slim 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.Vance’s ballclub kept Terry at bay throughout the remainder of thegame and the Lady Cougars led at the half 27-24.

Garner and Jasmine Courtney carried the offensive load for theLady Cougars. Garner, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, pumped in 11 pointsin the third. Courtney, a 5-foot-6 sophomore forward, tossed in acareer-high 14 points; going 6-of-9 from the field. Garner also had7 rebounds and 5 steals, while Courtney added 7 rebounds, 2 blockedshots, 2 steals and 4 assists.

“Ronesha and Jasmine had a good game tonight,” said Vance whoseteam led 42-39 entering the final frame. “It was good to get thatfirst division win.”

Also lending a hand for LCHS were Cande’l May with 4 steals and6 assists.

Terry, coached by Vince Grandberry, got 15 points from centerKeisha Brown and 12 points each from Amber Brown and MickeaHodges.

Lawrence Co. 57, Terry 48

Neither of team could pull away from the other. The lead changesresembled a hopscotch game.

Cougar David Clark scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in thefirst, as Lawrence County (8-1, 1-0) claimed a 16-14 lead. Clarkhad 16 in the first half, as J. P. Lewis, Craig Tyler, Ray Collins,Justin Middlebrook, Dominique West and Victor Longino gave supportfor 37-29 intermission advantage.

The Bulldogs, coached by Reggie Magee, made a short run in thethird. Guard Joe Willis sacked a pair of treys and Terry trailed by3 points, 42-39 entering the final stanza. Willis led Terry with 15points.

Clark, Lewis and Middlebrook combined for 15 pints in the final8 minutes; along with turning up the defensive pressure to pick upthe win.

Clark also had 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 3 steals. Lewishad 6 rebounds. Collins had 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists.Longino had 2 steals and 3 assists.