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January 21, 2014

Panthers prevail in pair of close contests

CHULA — If a monopoly could be declared for close basketball games, surely it would belong to the Tiftarea Academy Panthers. They played two more nail-biters Tuesday night and emerged with a sweep against the Brookwood School Warriors. The girls won, 44-36 while the boys had to wait for a last second shot to bounce off the rim to secure their 40-39 victory.

Tiftarea and Brookwood were evenly matched early in the boys contest and were tied at 20 at halftime. In the 3rd, three quick baskets shot them out to a 6-point lead, but within two minutes it was tied again.

Momentum did seem to take a swing in the Panthers' favor when Christopher Gravitt's score a minute into the 4th made it a 34-27 game. It rocketed right back to Brookwood when Jacob Sloan got hot from the field and when he scored at 1:58, they were down by a single point.

Anxious to build it back up, Gravitt tried to muscle his way for a basket in the low post, but it refused to drop. Trent Hobbs caught the rebound at the foul line, leaned in and had a shot rattle its way through the net at 1:20. Sloan scored again and had a chance for the lead when the Panthers lost possession. A shot missed and a tip battle between Gravitt and a Warrior was last touched by the opposition before it went out of bounds.

Hobbs was fouled on the inbounds pass, but missed the bonus shot with 8 seconds left. Brookwood rebounded, but a hurried long 3-pointer clanged off the rim as time expired.

Tiftarea led by seven at the end of the opening period, the last three being a gift. The Warriors turned the ball over with 12 seconds left, giving Ethan Mims a chance to hit a shot behind the arc.

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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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