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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.

The sec­ond


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.

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