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Josey swept Harlem in Friday basketball action

Posted: January 25, 2012 - 1:08am  |  Updated: January 25, 2012 - 5:29am
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Josey's Robert Askew maintains possession of the ball after a battle with Harlem's Tyler Wirsu.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Josey's Robert Askew maintains possession of the ball after a battle with Harlem's Tyler Wirsu.

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Josey swept Harlem High in basketball action Friday with a pair of blowout wins.

In the boys game, Josey’s aggressive defense proved too much for an undersized Harlem team, winning 81-48.

Man-to-man play and double teams too often prompted bad passes from Bulldog players or outright steals that the Eagles turned into points.

Harlem coach Kim Chambers said turnovers have plagued his team all season.

“We’re averaging 17 turnovers a game, but I’m sure we had more than that tonight,” he said.

Josey (13-6, 4-1) started the Region 3-AAA game with six unanswered points, including a dunk from big man Robert Askew.

But it was the tandem of Darius Williams and Cadeldrick White, who combined for 18 points in the first period, that immediately had Harlem (8-11, 1-4) playing catch-up.

Williams and White continued their scoring frenzy in the second period, aided by six points from Kyle Doyle, to go up 39-23 at the half.

In the third, Harlem closed the gap to 12, outscoring Josey 17-13.

But before the period ended, Harlem’s primary rebounder Alonzo Hill fouled out, giving the Eagles nothing left to fear beneath the boards.

Josey racked up 29 points in the fourth, including a 10-point scoring stretch in the middle of the period.

Williams led the scoring for Josey with 24, followed by Doyle with 20 and White with 18.

Late in the third period of the girls game, Harlem’s Olivia Fitzgerald hit three free-throws following a technical foul. With those shots, she gave the Lady Bulldogs 16 points.

It was the first time since a Jan. 7 win over Lincoln County that Harlem managed more than 15 points in a game.

That didn’t impress the Lady Eagles, though, who won 50-23.

The Josey girls played aggressive defense that kept the Lady Bulldogs off balance.

Josey managed to score 15 points in the third period before Harlem’s Lindsey Stokes hit a layup off a full-court pass with just a 1:28 left.

Though Josey managed just eight points in the fourth, they still outpaced Harlem’s seven.

With the win, Josey moves to 7-10 overall and 3-2 in the region as of Friday. Harlem dropped to 3-16 overall and 0-5 in the region.

 

IN OTHER GAMES

• The Evans boys trounced South Effingham on Friday, winning the Region 2-AAAA matchup 79-46.

But the Knights (12-7, 4-1), then suffered their first region loss Saturday 73-32 to Effingham County.

In the first period of the Friday game, Evans scored 27 points, immediately putting it out of reach for South Effingham.

The Lady Knights (9-10, 1-3) lost both Friday and Saturday games – 65-38 to South Effingham and 51-42 to Effingham.

• The Greenbrier boys lost a pair of games last weekend – 58-30 on Friday to Effingham County and 68-38 on Saturday to Burke County.

In the Friday game, Effingham put up 16 points in every period but the fourth, when they scored just 10 points. Only in the third quarter did Greenbrier (8-11, 2-3) manage to score into the double digits with 10 points.

That trend continued in Saturday’s game, when the Wolfpack put up 14 points in the third period, while never reaching more than nine in any other.

The Lady Wolfpack (3-15, 0-5) lost 68-36 to Effingham County to remain winless in Region 2-AAAA.

Effingham County’s Machala Raymonville put up 21 points in that game.

• Lakeside split a pair of weekend games, losing Friday 50-45 to Statesboro, but winning 61-46 Saturday to South Effingham.

Against Statesboro, Lakeside struggled early, but had a fourth period rally that still wasn’t enough to produce a win.

Saturday’s win was the first in Region 2-AAAA for the Panthers (10-10, 1-4). In that game, it was a fourth period 21-point scoring spree that put the game out of reach for South Effingham.

The Lakeside girls (8-7, 3-1) suffered their first region loss Friday to Statesboro in 67-40 game.

• The Grovetown boys and girls shared losses on Friday to Thomson.

The boys (5-12, 0-4) lost 73-42 and the girls (14-6, 2-3) lost 59-32 to go under .500 in Region 3-AAA.

In the boys game, C.J. Cooper put up the high score of 16 points, but the rest of the Warriors couldn’t match Thomson’s offensive output, which included 24 points in the third period.

The Lady Warriors did manage 10 points in the fourth quater.

• The Augusta Christian girls swept their weekend opponents, winning 50-35 Friday over Ben Lippen and 75-34 Saturday over Curtis Baptist.

Those wins improved the Lady Lions’ overall record to 16-4.

In the Saturday game, Shatoria Dent made 22 points to lead the scoring.

The Augusta Christian boys (9-12) defeated Ben Lippen on Friday 52-36, but lost 73-62 Saturday to Curtis Baptist.

• Augusta Prep (7-14) also split wins, beating Trinity Christian 57-46 on Friday, but losing 55-28 to Bethesda on Saturday.

Losing at the half on Friday, the Cavaliers rallied in the fourth period, outscoring Trinity 21-10.

On Saturday, Prep couldn’t keep pace, never scoring more than nine points in a single quarter.

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