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Jones county boys, girls sweep GMC in tournament openers
by Chuck Thompson
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Marquis Curry goes to the basket in Monday night’s victory over GMC.
Marquis Curry goes to the basket in Monday night’s victory over GMC.
The Jones County boys and girls got off to a good start in their 19th annual State Bank & Trust Company Holiday Classic on Monday night, sweeping Georgia Military College.

The Lady ’Hounds won 45-22, and the Greyhounds took the nightcap 80-26.

Freshman Jessica Solomon led the Jones County girls with 17 points, and senior Jerome Wooten also scored 17 to pace the Jones County boys.

Results from the final two days of the tournament will be included in next week’s paper.

Most of the other opening day games Monday were also lopsided affairs.

In the girls’ bracket, Northside Warner Robins downed Monticello 67-43, Statesboro beat Thomson 49-14, and Carrollton defeated Tift County 42-20. That set up second-round win ner’s bracket games featuring Northside against Statesboro and Carrollton against Jones County.

In the boys’ bracket, Northside Warner Robins edged Monticello 71-67, Tift County toppled Southwest Atlanta Christian 58-42, and Central Gwinnett beat Colquitt County 83-50. That pro­duced second-round matchups high lighted by games involving Northside against Tift and Central Gwinnett against Jones County.

Jones County girls’ coach Kurt Greene said he thought his team playedpretty well against the Lady Bulldogs, but he said they should have.

“They’re a small Class A team, so we should do well against them,” he said. “They are well coached and do things right, so we could have struggled if we didn’t come out and play. But for the most part our girls took care of business.”

Greene said he was pleased with his team’s shooting and full court press defense in the opening half.

“We softened them up with our press and were able to shoot well and get out ahead,” he said. “They changed things up and played with more defensive intensity in the second half. If they had started the game that way, we may have had some trouble.”

As for Solomon’s perfor mance, Greene said it was a glimpse of the 5-foot-9 fresh man’s potential.

“She can be a beast for us. She gets after it as hard as anyone we’ve had here,” the coach said. “The key is controlling that intensity and get her to using it in the right spots. She can be a rebounding machine and score a lot of points, espe cially if she makes her free throws the way she did tonight. If we can control that bull in a china shop, she can do wonderful things for us.”

Trenecia Standifer added 12 points and Chelsea Brantley scored 10 for the Lady ’Hounds. Lauryn Dennard led the GMC girls with five points.

In the boys’ game, the Greyhounds came out with a big lineup featuring Wooten (5-10) and Marquis Curry (6-1) at guard, Trevor Shuler (6-3) and Jaquez Smith (6-6) on the wings and Dylan Dupree (6-8) in the post.

The smaller Bulldogs seemed somewhat intimi dated by the matchups, and Jones County raced out to a 15-3 first quarter lead that it stretched to 41-9 by halftime. “I think the big lineup is something we may use more often the rest of the way,” coach Johnny Williams said. “Jaquez can handle the ball and shoot well enough from outside that we can use him on the wing, and that lets us move Curry to guard with Jerome. Trevor plays good defense inside, so that frees Dylan to do more on offense. And in our 1-3-1 defense with all those long arms out there, it makes it tough for people to pass the ball around.

“I like the matchups it gives us, and then we can bring in a smaller, quicker lineup for a change of pace.”

Smith had 15 points and Dupree scored 10 against GMC, which was led by Joseph McAllister with 12.

In the other opening round games, Tai Brown scored 23 and Jasmine Wilson added 17 to lead the Northside girls over Monticello, which was pacedbyKelseaTripp,Ashley Thurman and Quinetta Farby with eight apiece; Raven Thomas scored 10 and Alisia Jenkins added nine to lead Statesboro over Thomson; and Cambre Winters scored 12 to lead Carrollton past Tift, which got 12 from Amber McKenzie.

In boys’ play, Pierre Solomon hit for 25 and Greg Fields scored 17 to lead Northside over Monticello, which was led by Keldrick Davis with 19; Breon Dixon and Malcolm Dixon each scored 11 and Jerome Graydon added 10 to lead Tift over Southwest Atlanta Christian, which was paced by Jabari Evans with 15 and Chris Davenport with 13; and Central Gwinnett got 19 points from Brian Williams in its win over Colquitt, which was led by Nathenial Hill with 16 and Luis Ballenilla with 15.

The Greyhounds resume the regular season with home games Saturday against Baldwin and Tuesday against Salem. Varsity action starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Tuesday.


GMC (22) – Folendore 2, Dennard 5, Russ 1, Fuller 2, Amerson 4, Coburn 4, Barksdale 4.

JONES COUNTY (45) – Standifer 12, Brantley 10, Lloyd 5, Solomon 15, Carr 1.

Halftime – Jones County 28, GMC 7.


GMC (26) – Lee 3, Baugh 4, Parker 5, Crawley 2, McAllister 12.


Wooten 17, M. Wooten 4, Thomas 8, Smith 15, Curry 8, Shuler 2, Dupree 10, Marsh 2, Booker 7, Solomon 1, Williams 6.

Halftime – Jones County 41, GMC 9.
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