Class A Wilcox High suffered a pair of losses that ranged from one extreme to the other when it came calling upon Class AAAAAA Coffee County for Friday night re-matches.
Whereas the visiting Patriots came up short by just two points (65-63) in a nail-biter against the Trojans, the Lady Patriots got bombed 70-5 by the Lady Trojans.
After their home games last night against fellow Region 2-A member Turner County, the Wilcox teams will be in Rochelle again on Tuesday to face Irwin County.
Trojans 65, Patriots 63
In dropping the rubber match of the three-games series they had this season with the Trojans who have handed them both their losses to date, the 8-2 Patriots won the scoring battle in just one of the four quarters.
That edge came in the final period when it drew even at 63 in the waning seconds only to see Coffee’s D.J. Wiley drive the baseline and nail a jump shot. That basket would prove to be the game-winner when Wilcox had the ball stolen as it came back down the floor just before the final buzzer.
“Inconsistency hurt us in this one,” Wilcox coach George Kennedy said afterwards. “What’s confounding to me is that after scoring 25 points in the whole first half, we come back and get 24 in the fourth quarter alone.
“We’re just not doing the things we need to do with any regularity as we’ll come down the court 5-6 straight times and run our offense the way we’re supposed to do and then the very next time put up a 3-point shot we never should have attempted.”
Wilcox’s Jonathan Howard led all scorers in the contest with his season-high 30-point effort. Makail Grace joined him in double digits with 11. Top marksmen for Coffee, which led 15-13, 32-25 and 47-39 at the rest breaks, were Rashad Thomas, 18, Tyree Paulk, 15, and Wiley, 12.
Score by Quarters
Wilcox County 13-12-14-24 — 63
Coffee County 15-17-15-18 — 65
Wilcox (63) — Quinn Tisdol 7, Larry Munford, Makail Grace 11, Calvin Rawls 4, Antwan Benjamin 7, A.J. Benjamin, Jonathan Howard 30, Johnny Dwight 4.
Team totals: field goals 24; free throws 11 of 20 (55%); fouls 13; 3-pointers — Tisdol 1, Grace 3; fouled out — none.
Coffee (65) — Brandon Roe 3, Tyree Paulk 15, C.J. Johnson 3, Dikembe Deberry 3, Rashad Thomas 18, D.J. Wiley 12, Ken Walker 9, Wyatt Miller 2.
Team totals: field goals 25; free throws 9 of 16 (56.3%); fouls 18; 3-pointers — Paulk 3, Johnson 1, Thomas 2; fouled out — none.
Coffee 70, Wilcox 5 (girls)
Despite their whopping 65-point licking, this whipping wasn’t quite as bad scoreboard-wise for the Lady Patriots as was the 88-15 drubbing the Lady Trojans had put on them in the season opener.
“They just have athletes,” Wilcox coach Santita Coon in acknowledging Coffee’s dominance of her young, inexperienced team for a second time this campaign.
It didn’t help either that despite never being pressed the Lady Patriots committed turnover after turnover and committed numerous other fundamental mistakes that kept them from getting off many shots at all.
In fact, the visitors attempted just one field goal the entire first quarter and it was off-target. They also sank just one basket in the second half — a three-pointer by Kadada Martin who in also hitting a pair of free throws accounted for all of her team’s scoring.
In fairness to Coon and her players, though, they were severely shorthanded as one player was declared academically ineligible during the yule holiday break, another was benched for missing several practices and a third was in the hospital.
Game statistics were unavailable.