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January 6, 2014

Turner sweeps first two basketball opponents of 2014

ASHBURN — The Turner County Rebels basketball teams got off to a good start over the weekend with a pair of sweeps. Playing short-handed because of suspensions following a fracas at the Holiday Hoopfest, the Rebels had little problem with Charlton County and Wilcox County. The Lady Rebels squeezed by the former, 40-38, but dominated the latter in their games.

Friday against the Maidens of Charlton, Turner had a 10-7 advantage after a defensive-minded 1st quarter. The 2nd would also move slowly as the Lady Rebels were up 19-13 at the break.

They continued to hold the advantage in the 4th and led their opponents 39-27 with four minutes to play. Charlton then went on a hot streak, holding the home team to just one point the rest of the way. The final score seemed even closer than it was; the Maidens hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 2-point finish.

Mylashia Yancey had 8 points in the opening period and finished with a team-high 17. She also had 8 rebounds. Senior Keyanna Dawson had 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Later that evening, the Rebels had the first of their games after the suspension of several varsity players. They would beat the Indians by 22 points, but it was a game of end-to-end action, finally coming to a close at 90-68.

The speed of the contest was evident from the start. Turner was up 23-18 after 8 minutes and would score at least 20 in every quarter. At the half it was 45-39. Charlton would not be able to keep up the torrid pace, being held to 10 in the 3rd while the Rebels struck for 25 more.

Five locals would score in the double digits. Nate Martin and Quan Hillmon each had 19. After scoring 10 in the first half, Antonio Graddic ended with 16. Shaq Baldwin had 14 and Iman Holley had 12 points, which he combined with 12 rebounds. The team was 52% from the floor inside the three-point line.

One night later saw the scoring just as frenzied.

The boys took an early lead on Wilcox County and never let up against the Patriots. They were ahead 46-22 at halftime and took a 89-56 victory. Turner was up 28 points going into the 4th quarter.

Holley was the top man for the Rebels with 18. Quan Williams added 15, Graddic 14 and Baldwin 11. They are now 10-2 overall and 6-0 in Region 2-A.

The Lady Rebels had no nervous moments against the Lady Pats. Wilcox finished with 16 points, a total Turner surpassed early in the 2nd period. They led by 10 after a quarter and were up 33-8 at intermission behind Yancey's 13. Wilcox added 8 more points in the 2nd half. Turner slowed down, but only momentarily in the 60-16 final.

Turner also learned that their game against Lowndes that ended in a brawl will count as a zero. The GHSA is said to have tossed the original double forfeit ruling and ruled that neither team will be awarded a win or a loss.

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