•Jackson Co. (boys) 47, Oglethorpe Co. 35: Led by Xavier Harper’s 15 points, Jackson County (4-8, 1-3) earned its first subregion win Tuesday against Oglethorpe County.
Kolin Zimmer added 12 points and Jared Scott chipped in 11 points along with 12 rebounds. Jackson County elected not to play in a Christmas tournament and take the time to heal and practice. The time away did some good, coach Britt Beaver said
“We shot the ball a lot better,” Beaver said.
•Jackson Co. (girls) 49, Oglethorpe Co. 29: The Lady Panthers (6-11) won their third-straight game and moved to 3-1 in subregion play.
Victoria Fontana led the team with 11 points and five boards. Danni Cunningham picked up seven points and 10 rebounds.
“We had some good individual bright spots tonight but we were not all on the same page has a team tonight,” coach John Hawley said. “One bright spot was the third quarter tonight.”
•Hart County 41, Jefferson (girls) 28: The Lady Dragons (5-8, 0-3) remained winless in subregion play with a 13-point road loss to Hart County.
Jefferson shot 9-of-38 from the floor and 9-of-21 from the free throw line while turning the ball over 29 times. “The biggest problem with this team is consistency,” coach Jason Gibson said.
•Elbert Co. 49, East Jackson (girls) 42: Despite 12 points from Kelsey Palette and 11 from Taylor Patrick, East Jackson (3-10) dropped to 1-2 in subregion play with Tuesday’s loss to Elbert County.
“Great game,” coach Katie David said. “We played super hard.”
Kayla Thomas added nine points.
•Elbert Co. 77, East Jackson (boys) 68: The Eagles (4-9) got 20 points from Jake Grindle but it wasn’t enough to carry East Jackson past Elbert County.
The Eagles trimmed a 17-point Blue Devil lead down to seven in the third quarter, but Elbert County ran its lead back out to 22 points by the start of the fourth quarter. “We’re just inconsistent,” coach Brian Turner said. “A lot of that has to do with our youth.”
Nathan Crumley added 16 points, while Jarron Davis picked up 13.
•Hart Co. 69, Jefferson (boys) 58: Jefferson (6-7, 2-1) surrendered 27 fourth-quarter points Tuesday night in a subregion loss to Hart County, the Dragons’ first of the season.
Jefferson has now lost three-straight overall.
“We’re still not finishing games like we need to,” coach Bolling DuBose said.
Will Puckett led Jefferson with 12 points while Austin Thompson and Satchel Turpin added 11 each.
Jefferson was in good position to win this game, leading 29-24 at the half and 44-42 after three quarters but Hart County jumped ahead with some long-range three-pointers to start the fourth.
The Dragons must regroup to face Oglethorpe County Friday.
“If we sit around and complain about what happened last night (Tuesday), we won’t be ready for Friday,” DuBose said.