First Presbyterian continues to pummel opponents, remaining undefeated as they took back-to-back wins against Heritage Christian on Thursday night and Citizens Christian Friday night. Heritage fell 81-47 while Citizens lost 95-63.
The Highlander squad appears to be unstoppable in their quest for another state ring. They are 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the Georgia Independent School Association 2-A region.
On Thursday, the Highlanders ran the court against Heritage, going up 59-23 by the close of the half. Highlander coach Darrell West sent in the reserves, who scored an additional 22 points. The reserve unit allowed 24 points but contained Heritage enough to seal the victory.
On Saturday, the Highlanders repeated their performance and Joey Bell dunked in 30 points for the 95-63 victory. Mike Brown chipped in 18 points and AJ Ansley added 13.
In other Highlander basketball news, the Lady Highlanders lost to Heritage 64-29 on Thursday. The girls’ squad, coached by Rosby Frasier, is struggling as they build the varsity program. The Lady Highlanders formed three years, ago but this is their first season with a varsity squad. Recently they lost a key player when Catherine Scaggs left the school and joined the Liberty County Panthers. She was averaging 10 points per game. The Highlanders do still have strong players and the right attitude about the rebuilding stage.
"We need to practice more over the summer," Andrea Bell, captain of the varsity squad said. "We need to improve, but we are getting there."
"That’s the exact type of motivation we need," Frasier said. "We need to improve and they are willing to work for it and that is important."
Bell, who is Joey Bell’s sister, said her goals are high for the next season.
"We plan to make it to state, win and get our ring," she said.
The girls are 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the region.
Highlander stats against Citizens Christian
Joey Bell 30-points, 4 rebounds, 6 steals
Mike Brown 18-points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
AJ ANsley 13-points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks