Bulldogs road to Area Championship ended by Panthers

The Georgiana Panthers secured their spot in the area championship on Wednesday night defeating the Brantley Bulldogs 70-60.

The game was non-stop hoop action as each team fought to extend their season. Georgiana came out strong with 23 points in the first period, putting them ahead of Brantley by eight points.

The Bulldogs stepped up their shooting game during the second period with Taye Person and Tucker Kilcrease sinking enough baskets to tie the game 34-34 at the half.

Georgiana came back from the locker room with something to prove and ended the third quarter up five points 53-48.

The fourth quarter was non-stop baskets by Georgiana and several missed basket attempts by Brantley. Both teams were relentless to be overtake the other, not letting up until the final buzzer sounded.

“Georgiana, they played a good game tonight I thought. Our guys came out maybe a little flat at the beginning of the game,” Brantley’s Coach Parks said. “They came out on fire. I thought for most of the game we were playing catch up. I was really proud of the effort the guys played with. I thought we never quit. I throughout this season I thought we really got through some adverse situations. At the time we got shut down with COVID we were 14-0 at that time. I think having that time off and having to regain our rhythm and get back in playing shape was tough. Ultimately, I think we just really couldn’t overcome it. I am really proud of our two seniors, Kenuwyn Dixon and Taye Person. Those two are really hurting right now. I was really pleased how those guys led us. Those two probably grew more than any two kids I have ever coached. In a week or two they will look back and realize we did a lot of special things this season.”

T. Person led the Bulldogs with 24 total points, 11 just in the second quarter. T. Kilcrease followed with 12 points.

A. Feagin led the Panthers with 23 points followed close behind by A. Pennington with 20 points.

“First of all, I thought we had three really good days of practice and preparation in getting ready for what they do. I have a really good team and they shoot really well. I thought, for the most part, defensively we played as good as we could play, especially, in the last three to four minutes of the game. We made decisions down the stretch. We had some guys that got into foul trouble and I had some players come in and played more minutes than they are use to and they gave us great effort tonight which helped us win,” Georgiana Panthers’ Coach Norris said.

Georgiana will advance to the area championship playing against J.F. Sheilds on Friday, 12.