TIFTON -- The Abraham Baldwin College Fillies basketball team ran its record to 7-2 with a 72-63 victory over the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Lady Pirates here Tuesday night. The Stallions, however, suffered a second half letdown as the Pirates won 78-63.

Looking for their fifth consecutive win, the Fillies came out hot on the strength of the shooting of Turrelle Jones who scored the first eight points for ABAC. Jones finished the night with a team-high 18 points.

"Turrelle played great and we ran our break well tonight," said ABAC head coach Julie Conner. "She scores most of her points off the fast break."

The Fillies were up 34-22 with less than a minute to play in the half, but a pair of Pirate three-pointers cut the lead to six.

With barely three minutes gone in second half the Fillies had rebuilt a 14-point lead, but they couldn't hold it. With 6:16 to play in the game the Pirates cut the lead to one, 56-55, with a free throw by Jessica Wooten.

"We didn't press as much tonight," Conner admitted, adding that the reason was the Fillies' intense schedule during the next few days. "We're going to play four games in five days."

Pressing wasn't necessary as the Fillies got back to work taking advantage of Ray-Donne' Jones' hot hand. Six straight points by Jones gave ABAC a 68-57 lead with less than two minutes to play. She finished the night with 10.

Jaquetta Cole had what Conner called her best night of the year as she scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Brynne Callaway lead the Fillies in rebounds with 11, while Tamara Peterson pitched in 11 points on the offensive side.

Stallions head coach Todd Sheppard knew that Chattahoochee Valley was going to pose a challenge for his squad and hoped that his Stallions could outrun the bigger Pirates.

"They are a very good team. I think they're the best junior college team in Alabama," said Sheppard. "And we just didn't do the little things well. In the last three minutes we just kind of died.

"We've got to be able to finish stronger."

Trailing for most of the first half, ABAC went ahead 29-28 on the effort of John Michael Hall with less than two minutes to play. The Stallions were able to stretch the first half lead to six, going into the break ahead 37-31.

But the second half was a different story as CVCC's Travis Thomas connected on three three-pointers. And in the last four minutes of the game, when ABAC was struggling to get a field goal, the Pirates sank eight of 10 free throws.

CVCC's Tarick Jackson led all scorers with 14. Thomas ended the night with 13.

Stanley Brownlee's 13 points paced the Stallions as Hall added 10.

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