Tifton Gazette


January 13, 2014

Rebels take four over weekend

ASHBURN —  The Turner County Rebels had a typical weekend. Both boys and girls swept a pair of games and improved their records to a matching 14-2 and 8-0 in Region 2-A. Friday saw a double demolition of the Echols County Wildcats with two close wins coming over the Crisp County Cougars Saturday.

The battle between the neighboring counties Saturday featured two contests that came down to the wire.

The Rebels and Cougar boys were locked into a battle that looked like it would come down to the last possession, Turner edging its way to the 60-56 victory.

Turner's first lead in the contest was at 2:50 in the opening quarter and the two were deadlocked at 10 at the end of the frame. Crisp held a 1-point advantage at halftime after multiple lead changes and the 3rd would finish with the Rebels on top, 43-41.

Antonio Graddic finished with 18 points, 7 coming in the 3rd period, and he added 10 rebounds. Iman Holley had 12 and Shaquil Baldwin scored 11.

A red hot start proved to be enough for the Lady Rebels against Crisp. They staked a 14-2 advantage, forcing the Lady Cougs to play catch-up for the rest of the night. Turner was up 22-14 at intermission and behind 8 points from University of Georgia commitment Nasheema Oliver, cut it down to a six-point deficit going into the 4th.

Oliver would again score 8 in the quarter, but clutch shooting gave Turner the win. Brishuana Barnes hit a layup with less than a minute remaining and Mylashia Yancey hit 3 of 4 free throws to seal the 40-37 win.

Yancey led the team with 13. Taylor Daniels added 11 and Barnes contributed 8. Yancey and Keyanna Dawson added 10 rebounds each.

Friday's games were much closer to form for the Rebels, with 61-30 and 87-32 blowouts for the girls and boys, respectively.

Turner's girls dominated from the start in their game against Echols and would be relentless for the entire length. Yancey and Dawson each personally outscored the Lady 'Cats in the 1st with 9 points each as they staked an 18-5 lead. They were up 33-10 at halftime, Yancey adding 6 more in the 2nd.

The Lady Rebels had a 55-19 advantage going into the final period.

Yancey and Dawson tied for high scoring marks with 19 each, Dawson adding 11 rebounds. Xariah Office scored 10.

Baldwin would lead the Turner boys with 19 points against the Wildcats, who found themselves down by 24 after eight minutes of play. This increased to 54-16 at halftime.

Fourteen Rebels scored in the contest. Outside of Baldwin's points, they had 11 from Nate Martin and 9 from both Quan Hillmon and Jackquise Moore.

Turner heads north tonight to Warner Robins for a rematch with the Northside Eagles.


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