TIFTON — A night after their bus accident and long trip to Brunswick, the Tift County Blue Devils were able to make an easy night of the Camden County Wildcats, 79-61, in their first home region game of the season. The Lady Devils, however, were unable to overcome an early deficit and were beaten by Camden, 44-42.
Though Tift trailed from midway through the 2nd quarter, the backbreaker did not come until the 4th. Down by 5 going into the last period, consecutive baskets by Brecklyn Greene made it a 1-point game.
On the heels of Greene's shots came two by Khaila McMorris in 45 seconds, both from long distance. That made it a 36-29 game and the hole a deep one.
The Lady Devils did have one final shot to send it to overtime. Up 2 points with 8 seconds left, Camden's Colette Cobb missed the front end of 1+1. Tift rebounded, but a hurried pass sailed too high, giving possession back to Camden.
Staceyanna Murrell scored seconds after the opening tip, but the rest of the game would be a struggle. They led 10-8 after a quarter, but McMorris tied it a minute into the 2nd. Tift missed three free throws that would have broken the tie, but it would be McMorris with that honor. Her 3 made it 13-10. Though Greene retied the game close to halftime, the Lady 'Cats hit another long shot to go up 18-16.
Greene kept the Lady Devils afloat all night with 15 points and was a perfect 5-5 from the free throw stripe. Alexis Johnson scored 8 and Dorian Jordan and Audrey McElhaney each had 5. McMorris topped Camden with 13. Ambrea Williams and Sharai Larrys scored 10 apiece.
Though banged up, the Blue Devils came out aggressively against Camden, scoring the game's first 15 points. The Wildcats cut it to a 5-point contest — 19-14 — early in the 2nd, but the Devils had found a home behind the 3-point line.