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Girls get back-to-back wins

Jeff Davis High’s girls basketball team tripled their win total over last season with back-to-back wins over Wheeler County and Berrien, giving them a 3-15 record. After losses to Fitzgerald and Worth County, the Lady Jackets entered last night’s (Tuesday’s) game against Cook County with a 3-17 overall record and 1-6 in Region 1-AA.
On Jan. 12, Coach KatyBeth Rentz’s charges ran into a buzzsaw against Telfair County in McRae.
Telfair’s Zah’mya McDuffie scored 16 points in the opening quarter, including four 3-pt. shots as the Lady Trojans opened a 21-6 lead at the first buzzer. From there, Telfair coasted to a 60-13 victory.
On Jan 13, JD fell 51-35 to Cook in a region contest, dropping to 1-13 overall and 0-3 in region action. After losing 51-34 to Treutlen County on Jan. 16 in a non-region game, the Lady Jackets dropped a region game to Sumter County 58-14.
Then came their back-to-back wins. Neither win was unexpected as JD had already defeated Wheeler 49-10 in an early season game and while the Lady Jackets had fallen to Berrien 34-28 early in the month, most observers felt Jeff Davis should have won that game in Nashville as a late-game push by Berrien put them ahead for the victory.
While the JD girls’ 3-17 record is nothing to brag about, Jeff Davis won only one time last year in a 1-23 season. And even in most of their losses this year, Jeff Davis has shown marked improvement over the previous season. Sophomore Latrice Shivers has been the scoring leader throughout the season and senior center Destiny Ivory has keyed the inside game. Coach Rentz is giving a lot of playing time this year to her younger players such as freshmen Brylee Wyatt and Ayanna Sam, and sophomores Markyla Durden and Claire Stinson have gained valuable experience.
Seniors Bentlee Metts, a defensive leader on the team, and Beautiful Thomas have also contributed to the team’s success.

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