dropped in 13.
Jeffrey Meadows had one of his best games of the year. He scored 13 points and played ferocious defense as he grabbed rebounds left and right from his much taller opponents. Athens Christian took control early in the game and scored the first two baskets in under 30 seconds.
Halfway through the first period the Eagles led 11-3 and Social Circle was already getting into foul trouble.
When the first quarter ended, Athens Christian was up 25-12 and Higgs had already earned eight points.
In the second quarter, the Redskins tried their best to keep up. But they couldn't make shots and fouls kept their best players on the bench.
Athens Christian, on the other hand, continued to roll and made the score 50-29 as the first half expired.
“I think my guys let the officiating get them out of the game,” said Redskins coach Pat Meadows. “I had guys with four fouls each in the first half. That makes it tough.”
The second half didn't go much better for the home team. The Redskins continued to play hard and did well offensively, but they just couldn't stop Athens Christian (especially Higgs) from scoring.
Higgs hit three 3-pointers en route to 14 points in the 3rd quarter to give the Eagles a 76-54 lead.
Social Circle refused to give up and did all it could to try and slow down the Eagles' relentless attack, but had no luck.
The Eagles, showing no mercy, outscored the Redskins 22-10 in the fourth and won the game by 34.
“As far as effort, I was pleased. We've just got to get better defensively,” Meadows said. “You can tell a lot about a team after they get beat. Hopefully tomorrow we'll show up ready to work and improve. I told them how we show up tomorrow determines how we finish up the season.” Social Circle will face another tough region opponent, Athens Academy, this Saturday in Athens.
The Lady Redskins had a much better night than their male counterparts.
Jalessa Williams hit a 3-pointer right out of the gate to get it started and five minutes later, Social Circle was up 11-0.
The Lady Eagles (1-4) couldn't hold on to the ball. Several times they had it on their side of the court but turned it over and the Lady Redskins made them pay.
Good shooting and defense put Social Circle on top 21-6 after one quarter.
shifted slightly as Athens Christian shot the ball better while Social Circle slumped a bit.
But turnovers continued to rear their ugly heads for the Lady Eagles and Social Circle had the lead 33-21 going into halftime.
The Lady Redskins took off in the third period, outscoring the Lady Eagles 16-7. Reyanna Williams didn't score any points for Social Circle in the third, but played great defense as she stole passes and knocked down shots.
The Lady Redskins played mostly backups in the fourth quarter but still played well.
“It was the most complete game we've played so far, even though we still need to work on not turning the ball over,” girl’s coach Mapp Ivey said. “I always tell them don't worry about being spectacular. Just do the fundamentals right and you'll be fine.”
Shermika Harris from Social Circle led all scorers with 17 points and Williams had 13. Destiny Bell provided 10 points for the Lady Redskins while Maritza Heard added nine. Laquisha Still was solid off the bench and scored five in the final quarter.
The Lady Eagles were led by Ashley Lillie with 13 points and Lynnetta Burns with 12.
Like the boys, the Lady Redskins will travel to Athens Saturday to face Athens Academy in a region showdown.