A fast-paced shootout came down to the end, and ended with Jeff Davis coming out on top at home.
The Volunteers scored the final eight points Friday in a 73-65 win over Sidney Lanier.
“We came together on defense as a team and finished it with our defense,” said JD’s Demetrius Wesley, who scored 17 points. “Last year they got us in our house, so we had to get them back.”
Desmond Deramus led Jeff Davis (19-7, 2-4 Class 6A, Area 6) with 18 points and Shane Osbourne added 13. Lanier led by a slim margin most of the game, but Jeff Davis led 56-55 after three quarters. The Poets shot well from outside in the first half, but they couldn’t get the buckets to fall late.
“That’s the type of team we are,” Lanier coach Floyd Mathews said. “You’ve got to make plays when you’ve got the opportunity, and we didn’t. We got cold at the end of the game, and they just didn’t fall for us.”
Marquis Coleman led Lanier (10-9, 2-3) with 21 points. Steven Wallace scored 17 points and D’Arion Anderson 16. Wesley said the Volunteers’ tight second-half defense helped cool Lanier’s hot shooters.
“We just stayed on the ball and closed out on the shooters,” Wesley said. “We were lackadaisical, nonchalant on defense in the first half.”
The Volunteers were down 10 early in the second quarter, but closed the gap heading into the break, down 40-37. Jeff Davis coach Terry Posey said there was no secret to his teams’ second-half effort, the Vols just got back to basics.
“We came in with a game play, and we just had to get back to it,” Posey said. “I’ve been here 15 years, and it’s always like this when Lanier and Jeff Davis play.”
Jeff Davis girls 56,
Sidney Lanier 24
Veyonder Sankey led Jeff Davis (19-7, 4-2) with 10 points and Ahyionna Vason added eight. Jasmyne Taylor and Shalun Nunn each scored eight points for the Poets (0-16, 0-5).
On Tuesday, Lanier plays at Selma and Jeff Davis hosts Opelika.