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Neither home floor advantage nor a 13-8 advantage in players in the girls game could help the Locust Grove Wildcats as Stockbridge easily took a pair of 4-AAA region games. In the girls contest, it was either beautiful from the start (you're a Stockbridge fan) or ugly from the start (a Locust Grove fan), and the Lady Tigers cruised to a 59-24 victory. Stockbridge is now 6-2 in 4-AAA play and 7-8 overall. Locust Grove suffered its 14th loss in its last 15 games, falling to 3-14 overall and 0-9 in region action.
On the boys side, the game was a bit closer but Stockbridge never trailed and was never seriously threatened the Wildcats, as the Tigers rolled to a 64-45 victory. Stockbridge upped its 4-AAA mark to 7-2 (9-5 overall), while Locust Grove dropped to 6-11, 3-6.
Amari Moreland was the scoring star for the Lady Tigers, netting 23 and picking up six rebounds. Not far behind was Deborah Hoe with 18 points, four assists and three steals. Stockbridge broke away to a 13-2 lead after the first quarter, and Locust Grove did not make a basket until 6:36 of the second when freshman Sydney Marshall made a bucket in the paint. The score was already painful for the Lady Wildcats at 17-2 when Marshall scored.
Locust Grove, with their five-player advantage, was only able to shave a few points off the lead in the third with an 8-2 run to make it 33-18, but Stockbridge controlled the rest of the contest. Marshall's modest seven points led Locust Grove. An unpleasant oddity for the Lady Wildcats is that they had more turnovers (38) than points or shots attempted (23).
The Stockbridge Tigers scored the first eight points of the boys game, and they never led less than five thereafter. The score was 14-7 after one and 29-17 at halftime. Both teams came out of the break flat, as neither could score until 5:30 of the third when Locust Grove's Marquis Cotton dropped in a pair of free throws. Stockbridge didn't score until Tanandize Melton hit a three at 4:25 to make the score 32-21. The Wildcats couldn't muster enough offense or defense to get back into the game.
Dante Campbell led Stockbridge with 19 points and nine rebounds. Deshawn Badger ran the offense well, dishing six assists. Locust Grove was led their go-to guy Jessie Jenkins. Jenkins scored 14 points although hitting just 4 of 15 shots. Driving to the hoop earned him ten free throw attempts, of which he converted six. Jenkins also won game-high rebound honors with eleven. He gave the home fans, who had little to cheer throughout the evening, a thrill with a driving dunk shot late in the fourth.