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Panthers pounce on Tigers early

Georgiana guards Derrick Johnson (left) and Keinderus Mobley (right) smother McKenzie point guard Chris Shufford during the Panthers’ runaway 73-34 win over the neighboring Tigers.

Georgiana guards Derrick Johnson (left) and Keinderus Mobley (right) smother McKenzie point guard Chris Shufford during the Panthers’ runaway 73-34 win over the neighboring Tigers.

The last time the Georgiana Panthers and McKenzie Tigers met on the same playing field, Butler County was gifted one of the greatest football games of the year.

And while Thursday night had its moments, most of them belonged to the Panthers as Georgiana took care of the Tigers in convincing fashion with a 73-34 region win.

As quick as lightning, the Panthers’ up-tempo offense dictated the pace of the first and dropped 28 points before the Tigers could mount a response.

Jamichael Stallworth, seemingly automatic beyond the arc, helped sustain Georgiana’s 22-point with a flurry of 3-pointers in the second quarter, making the Tigers’ uphill climb even more difficult in the process.

The lead swelled to 47-13 at the half, though the Tigers weren’t done by a long shot.

William Brown’s unorthodox release proved tough to guard, even for an experienced Georgiana defense, as he sank a much-needed 3-pointer to jumpstart McKenzie’s momentum.

And though the Panthers only outscored the Tigers 26-20 in the second half, the lightning-flash of buckets in the opening quarters proved an insurmountable hurdle for Mckenzie.

Three Panthers reached double-digits Thursday night, including lead scorer Jamichael Stallworth with 23 points, Clarence Curry with 15 points and Torrey Rudolph with 12 points.

The Georgiana Lady Panthers enjoyed similar success Thursday evening with a decisive 50-19 win over the McKenzie Lady Tigers.

The win allowed the Lady Panthers to climb to 8-5 overall and break even in area play at 1-1.

Miya Riley continued her tradition of scoring excellence by leading the Lady Panthers with 14 points.

Aaliyah Rich also reached double-figures for the Lady Panthers with 10 points.