Tifton Gazette


February 15, 2014

Rebels sweep region championships

ASHBURN — The Turner County Rebels and Lady Rebels swept the Region 2-A championships Friday night, doubling up the Wilcox County boys, 90-45, and sliding past the Charlton County Maidens, 45-38. This is the second straight region title for the Rebels.

The wins ensure Turner not just a spot in the state tournament, but a chance to host first round games. The split of Class A into public and private divisions, combined with the delay in starting the state tournaments means that they won't take the court again until Feb. 24 or 25.

It was a comeback win for the Lady Rebels as they were down by six, 16-10, after a quarter. They had managed to make it 25-all at the half before Turner found a bit of daylight and were up 36-31 at the end of the 3rd. Keyanna Dawson personally kept Charlton at bay in the 4th, scoring eight of the team's nine points.

Mylashia Yancey had a big 2nd quarter, scoring 10 points. She finished with 16 and nine rebounds. Dawson had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In the boys game, the Rebels wasted no time putting Wilcox out of the way. They took an early 21-12 lead and never looked back. Nate Martin had 12 points at halftime and Shaq Baldwin had 10.

Up 44-25 at the half, they used to a 33-15 3rd to leave no doubts.

Baldwin led the squad with 16, Antonio Graddic adding 15 and Martin and Quan Williams each had 12.

Both teams cruised in the semifinals Thursday

The Lady Rebels easily defeated the Echols County Lady Wildcats, 46-26.

Echols led most of the first quarter  until Turner took 6-5 lead and finished out ahead, 12-8. It was a different story for the offense in the 2nd as Turner only scored two and surrendered eight to trail 16-14 at halftime.

It was tied 20-20 with 4:40 left in the third before Turner would close out the quarter on a 12-4 run to lead 32-24 with Yancey and Taylor Daniels each scoring seven. Turner would continue to finish strong in the second half outscoring Echols 14-2. 

Yancey led with 22 points.  Daniels added 14  points and 12 rebounds.

The last game of the night featured the Rebels and Charlton County Indians and also ended in blowout fashion.

It was back and forth in the 1st, with Charlton leading 21-20 at the horn. Turner proceeded to dig deep and buried them the rest of the way. It was 49-28 at intermission and 73-40 after three with an end result of 90-57.

Graddic led with 15 points, nine coming in the 2nd period. Tamarrion Terry added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Iman Holley scored 12.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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