Stephens County Indians, Lady Indians suffer losses over weekend basketball games

It was a tough week-end for the Stephens County Indians and Lady Indians basketball teams as each lost games on Friday and Saturday.

The Franklin County Lady Lions grabbed a 14-4 lead in the first quarter Friday and never trailed as they rolled to a 61-28 win over the Stephens County girls. Franklin County had three players in double figures. Ny’kerria Brown led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Paris Gaye with 13 and Cailin Baird with 11. My’Angel Carter led the Lady Indians with 8 points.  It was the first region win of the year for the Lady Lions and the first loss of the year for the Lady Indians. Franklin County’s girls are now 7-8 while the Lady Indians went to 1-14.

The Friday night-cap featuring the Indians and Lions boy’s game was a thriller to the end. Stephens County trailed for most of the game, tied it at the end of the third quarter and led twice during the fourth quarter. With Franklin County leading 49-47 with 4.1 seconds left. D.J.Hampton’s shot from the base line was no-good and the Lions held on for the win. Keyland Rutledge led the Lions with 17 points while David Witcher chipped in with 16.

The Indians were led by Tyrece Mackie’s 16 points.   Aaron Scott had 11 points.

Saturday, the Stephens County Lady Indians dropped a heart-breaker to the Madison County Lady Red Raiders, 54-48. Stephens County led almost the entire game, but Madison County outscored the Lady Indians 21-7 in the fourth quarter to take the win.  Makiya Knox led all scorers with 19 points. Madison County’s girls were led by Mallory Bates who scored 15.

The Lady Indians record is now 1-15 and 0-1 in region 8-AAA.

The Stephens County boys trailed the entire game Saturday and lost to the Madison County boys, 70-56. Corey Richie had 17 points to lead the Indians followed by Tyrece Mackie with 14. Chris Rhodes had 22 points for the Red Raiders and Grant Smith followed with 20.

The Stephens County boy’s record is now 3-13.

The highlight of Saturday’s activities was the recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1971-72 boy’s and girl’s Stephens County High School basketball teams.   Several members of that team were recognized during the half time of the games. The event was organized by former Coaches Mack Poss and Charlie Morris.

The Indians and Lady Indians get a small break this week as they are off until Friday night when they travel to Oconee County for another region contest. Game time in Watkinsville will be 7PM and air time on WNEG will be 6:45PM.