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Lady Hounds bounce back to beat Ola 52-41

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    Amaris Ridgeway dribbles in for a layup against Union Grove. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Shakiya Betha (1) drives to the basket for two points against Union Grove. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Shania Bryant (34) fights against Wolverine defenders to pull down an offensive rebound. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Carlie Skinner lets loose a long jump shot against Ola. BRAD HARRISON/Staff
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    Britley Johnson (24) helps the Lady Greyhounds apply defensive pressure against Union Grove. BRAD HARRISON/Staff

Going into a week layoff in between games, the Lady Greyhounds wanted to avoid having a loss to stew over.

That mission was accomplished on Friday against Ola. Jones County overcame a slump of a second quarter to take down the Mustangs, 52-41.


The win snapped a two-game skid from earlier in the week, a 58-31 loss to top-10 ranked Union Grove and last Thursday’s 51-33 defeat at the hands of Warner Robins.

The Lady Hounds took control early, getting enough open shots to lead 15-6 through the first eight minutes. That control faded in the second as the Mustangs gained enough of an advantage on the boards and came up with enough points off JCHS miscues, adding up to a 23-23 yo halftime tie.

Jones County didn’t spend much time making halftime adjustments, returning to the floor only a few minutes after the second quarter ended. They turned out not to need them. Starting with an open shot by Shania Bryant, the Lady Grounds were off and rolling, holding ur Ola to only four third-quarter points. As the game went to the fourth quarter, affairs had serv greatly changed with Jones County in front, 39-27.

Bryant and Carly Skinner gave Jones County an across the board scoring effort, pouring in eight points apiece. Shakiya Betha’s 12 points, keyed by two third-quarter three pointers, led the Lady Greyhounds along with the 14 points of Amaris ice Ridgeway.

Betha also scored 11 points against Union Grove with Bryant having six during a game in which the visiting Wolverines blew the game open late in the first quarter to lead 20-7, pouring it on even more in the second quarter with the Lady Hounds held to a pair of points.