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Screaming Devils split games to start season

WARRENTON, Ga. - After just four days of practice on the basketball court, the Warren County High Screaming Devils have a win and a loss following action over the weekend.

The 65-57 victory came against the visiting Washington-Wilkes Tigers last Friday night. The Screaming Devils, however, lost to the visiting Jefferson County Warriors last Saturday night by a score of 60-55.

"We've only practiced as a team four days and we're still a little rusty," Warren County Head Coach Brian Wallace said. "I thought we played decent against Washington-Wilkes. I think now that we've got the football players back with us that we'll get better and better."

Against the Tigers, the Screaming Devils had three players score in double-figures. They were led by Tommy Seals with 24 points, followed by Travis Burley, 11 and Curtis "C.J." Williams 10. All three of them played football and helped Warren County make it into the Class A quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

Other players scoring points in that game for Warren County included: Montavious "Tay" Erwin, 9; Daniel Crawford, 5; Ticaro Heath, 4; and Reginald "Snoop" Johnson, 2, respectively.

The Washington-Wilkes Tigers were led by Lucious Stewart, who scored a game-high 31 points.

Early in the game, the Screaming Devils jumped out to a 22-6 lead. At that point, it looked as though the game might be a runaway. However, once Stewart warmed up, the Tigers closed the gap and made a game of it down the stretch.

At the half, the Screaming Devils held a 13-point lead, 34-21. By the end of the third quarter, the game had drawn much closer with the Tigers trailing by only five-points, 49-44.

Earlier, Burley displayed his tremendous leaping ability, taking a pass from Seals and stuffing the ball to the thrill of the crowd. That gave Warren County a 10 point cushion.

With 5:13 to play in the game, the Tigers managed to close the gap to a mere point, 51-50. From that point on, the Screaming Devils were forced to play sharp defense the rest of the way.

With under two minutes left in the game, Williams made two crucial field goals.

In the game against Jefferson County, the Screaming Devils came out as cold as ice - connecting on just four field goals during the first half. They later made a game of it - picking up the pace considerably in the second half.

The victory was Jefferson County's first one of the season to go with three losses under first year Head Coach Greg Freeman.

The Warriors were led by Barry Bostic with 17 points. He was followed by Denzell Turner with 10.

Warren County, meanwhile, was led by Curtis Williams with 16 points. Two other players also scored in double-figures. They included Seals with 14 and Burley with 12. Other players scoring for the Screaming Devils included: Erwin, 5, Heath, 5 and Andrew Webb, 3 points, respectively.

The Screaming Devils play host to Greene County on Friday night and travel to Thomson on Saturday to play the Bulldogs.

Web posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007

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